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The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,425 ratings  ·  422 reviews
A determined young police constable goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses in a series debut for fans of Sophie Hannah and Tana French

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.

Maeve Kerrigan
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published November 1st 2010)
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Darcia Helle
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was not the psychological thriller I expected. The pace is fairly slow and is more of a whodunit, police procedural read. That in itself wouldn't have been a disappointment, had it better captured my attention. I did like Maeve and can easily see her character carrying a series. I also liked the character of Rob, though I wish he'd been more developed. His POV didn't enter the story until almost 3/4 through.

The serial killer is a very small part of the s
To be honest, when I picked this book up, I did think it was going to be a pretty run of the mill crime fic book about a serial killer but it turned out to be so much more than that. In fact, the serial killer (The Burning Man) is barely in the book at all. Instead, the story focuses on the “5th victim” of The Burning Man whom the police believe that may actually be a copycat crime and Detective Maeve Kerrigan is tasked with delving into victim Rebecca Haworth’s life in the hope of uncovering th ...more
Jane Casey's The Burning is the first in the Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan Series. It's a debut with potential. It caught my interest in the first chapter as a young woman makes a bad choice in accepting a ride from a stranger after a night of too much partying with friends. You can feel her terror as she realizes her mistake and her realization that her bad judgment may just be her last. She believes she has hitched a ride with "The Burning Man", a serial killer of young women so named, we ...more
DC Maeve Kerrigan is part of a team working on the case a murder case: the case of a serial killer who is preying upon young women who venture out late at night in south London, killing them and then burning their bodies.

The media has labelled him The Burning Man.

Now that really doesn’t sound like my kind of book, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, because I had read, and very much enjoyed, Jane Casey’s previous book, The Missing. I’m very glad that I did, because The Burning is a very good
So, I Read This Book Today
Brilliant British Thriller First, to get this out there, I love British police procedurals. They are normally crisp, compelling and well written. The Burning is a premier example of the best the genre has to offer. Written from the viewpoint of Detective Constable (DC) Maeve Kerrigan, the story focuses on the hunt for “The Burning Man” a serial killer terrorizing London. His crimes are horrific, and no young woman is safe. There have been four murders committed which can obviously be credited to ...more
4.5 stars.

Continuing on my run of somewhat grisly reads... (Becca was here the other day, picked this up and started reading, to ask incredulously of Cara, "How did Mom like this?" My feebleness in the face of horror is well known to both. Made me feel kind of tough. Or maybe not...)

For me the book's appeal was mostly Maeve herself, and I loved her character enough that she could probably have carried a much weaker mystery plot. She didn't have to, though, and while one aspect of the mystery was
The 'Burning man' is murdering women in London and setting fire to them. There are four victims to date. Maeve Kerrigan is a young police officer, on the team and we follow the case through her eyes. The most recent victim is Rebecca Haworth, a woman with a few secrets.

This is a fabulous and exciting crime drama, that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down. Maeve is endearing and bright, as the only female in a male detective environment. Shades of Prime Suspect. I love
Andrew Macrae
A brutal serial killer is loose upon modern London, a killer who savagely bludgeons his victims and then sets their bodies aflame with petrol. Each of his victims was an attractive young woman and each was attacked while walking home late at night and each was battered and burned beyond recognition. Every few weeks the killer claims another life and the police are stymied as a frightened public clamors for action.

This tense story is told through the eyes of two people, Detective Constable Maeve
Continuing in my crime novel reading spree...! Just finished "The Burning," by Jane Casey. When I read this, I thought it was the first in the series. It's actually the second. So darn! Now I have to find that first one, right? Maeve is an appealing character - unsure of herself, vulnerable yet tough as nails and very smart.Born and raised in England by Irish parents who are teetotalers, Maeve has to listen to demeaning jokes about being Irish, and has to ignore misogynistic remarks about her lo ...more
Just gobbled up this and "The Reckoning". I'm really enjoying the way Casey weaves plots together. If I were into the word, I'd call them "organic". Her protagonist, DC Maeve Kerrigan, struggles-and sometimes fails--to keep her Irish temper intact as she tries to establish herself as the first rate homicide detective she really is. Of course she must face continuous hassles from the all-male and all-older men in her division. I will definitely keep Jane Casey on my watch list. If I have a critic ...more
The Burning by Jane Casey is a mystery about a serial killer who burns his victims when he is done with them. After coming off of reading The Keeper of Lost Causes, this simply did not compare. Maeve Kerrigan did not really grip me as a character and the mystery seemed predictable. Overall, the plot and the characters lack depth, everything seemed one dimensional. As a reader, you totally lose sight of “the burning man” during the course of the book. Since this is the first in a series, perhaps ...more
The Burning is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. London is on edge. A serial killer dubbed the Burning Man has struck four times. Four young females have become victims. The police department is feeling the heat from the public and press to solve the murders.

The book starts out fast with a young drunken women who accepts a ride home with a man. She smells petrol and makes the leap to assume he is the Burning Man. Detective Constable Mauve Kerrigan is called to the hospital to talk to
Judy Hall
Maeve Kerrigan is the only female detective on Scotland Yard's special murder squad. Currently they're chasing a serial killer the press has named the Burning Man. After bludgeoning his victim to death he sets the body on fire.

Called to the scene of the 5th murder, Maeve notices inconsistencies with the regular MO. Pointing these out, her boss decides to let her investigate this as a separate but parallel case. Maeve begins digging into the life of the victim and becomes more convinced she's ri
Jackie Newman
After reading some of the review here I questioned if I would like this book. I loved it!! Couldn't put it down! The main character is very human but still professional & very clever. The plot twists and turns were fascinating. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Freda Malone
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London enters the Christmas season under a pall of fear created by a serial killer dubbed “The Burning Man” by the press. When Rebecca Haworth’s body is discovered, she’s believed, at first, to be the fifth victim. Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan finds differences in the MO disturbing, believing it’s either a copycat or someone hoping Rebecca’s murder is attributed to The Burning Man. Superintendent Godley puts Maeve, the only woman on his team, in charge of investigating Rebecca’s murder and ...more
Janie Johnson
I got this book from Net Galley to read and give an honest review. I have to say I was teetering between a 2 and a 3 star rating so I ended up at a 2.5. I have never read anything from this author before and I thought the synopsis was interesting and since I love mystery, and crime stories I thought I would try this one out. It was just ok for me.

I think the writing style of the author is ok, but I felt that the Author lost sight of the "the burning man" and it was not how I thought it would be.
The Burning does not fit neatly into the typical serial killer strand of suspense novels, and I'm afraid the misleading blurb and any misdirected marketing might prevent the book from landing in the hands of the readers who'd most enjoy it. It's a good character study, but it's not an breathlessly paced race to stop a serial killer from striking again.

Misconceptions to dismantle! First, the serial killer and the hunt for him is not at the forefront of this book. Second, ignore whatever the blurb
Rich Stoehr
I have to admit, I've got a thing for modern mysteries and thrillers set in the United Kingdom. Whether it's Ian Rankin's tales of the dark underbelly of Edinburgh or Tana French's brooding, compelling stories, there's just something about them that appeals.

Jane Casey's The Burning comes close to the high bar set by the likes of Rankin and French, missing only by a small mark, but overall spinning an original and sometimes gripping yarn.

The good stuff is here in abundance. A smart opening, dro
I really enjoyed this book. Jane Casey is a young author and this is her second book. If she keeps this up, she can only get better and should have a long career ahead of her as an author. Several other reviewers have tried to define this book as a psychological thriller and I do agree with that; it is also a police drama, a murder mystery and a study in human nature. I particularly enjoyed her characterizations - this novel is peopled with complex and interesting characters with enough dimensio ...more
I liked 'The Burning'. It was more of a "talky" mystery than a suspense filled one for me. Since I figured out the murderer quickly, I would say that is was very predictable. I hope this review doesn't make the books seem boring because it is not! My interest in the story grew as the pages turned.

I loved the "Maeve" character, who was the detective assigned to this case. I identified with her thoughts and personality. I was little weird for me because when a situation came up, I stopped and tho
Four young women have been brutally beaten to death and then their bodies set alight in secluded area of London’s parks. The media are calling the murderer The Burning Man. Women are scared. Now, a fifth victim has been found.

Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is working on the case and is determined to bring the murderer to justice. With very little evidence and a killer no-one has seen, it isn’t going to be easy.

I chose this book from Amazon Vine because I thought it sounded like a great story
Sasha Hibbs
* I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

The Burning by Jane Casey was good as far as mystery/suspense novels go. This generally isn't the genre I'd read, but I enjoyed it well enough.

I thought all the characters were individual and had enough depth that I could grasp what was going on inside their head.

I would certainly read more from Ms. Casey and would recommend this to fans of a good crime/mystery/suspense novel.
To be honest this wasn't the tense crime novel I was expecting. The plot doesn't just follow the quest to catch the "Burning Man" as the title and blurb suggests, but to unravel the mystery surrounding a completely separate murder.

The writing itself is well done and I can't fault it. However, I can't help feeling slightly disappointed that the book seemed to a slow building character based plot, rather than the violent serial killer novel it has been portrayed as. I think I would have enjoyed t
Perilously close to five stars. This was really the Maeve I wanted Maeve to be in book 2, but I'm still glad I read them out of order. Maeve and Rob's friendship is fun and light and you get to see the rest of the squad being decent human beings if not necessarily policemen.

And that's where the missing half-star has gone.

It does beggar belief that any crimes get solved by this squad, and more so that Maeve is allowed to run around entirely by herself solving crimes. For like, days! Then she ju
Maeve Kerrighan is an excellent character and it is her narrative that is the true strength of this book. I have come to a lot of thrillers and lost interest in them but the narrative does not allow you to do that. But in that I believe that the narrative very much is focused upon the female reader.

You are engaged by her thoughts, her humanity and her humour. The narrative is witty and you are very much in the mind of the main character. I do like the twinned narrative and it does give this bet
Wendy Soliman
No pun intended but this didn't really set me alight. It was well written but I couldn't help feeling that a lone detective constable would be given so much freedom to investigate a high profile murder and prove to all her higher ranked, long service colleagues than she knew better than they did. It kept me guessing and there was nothing wrong with the plot. Try it, don't be put off by what I say, but I didn't feel as though I'd been taken on the nail-biting journey that the blurb implied.

Vanessa Delamare
I should say at once that once again, the blurb provided by the publisher does not really stick to the story! (I wonder if the person who writes the blurb actually reads the books...)

Maeve investigate the fifth victim because 1) her boss asked her to and 2) because they have found evidences that differ from the other murders. Point. If her male colleagues make fun of her, it's not because she has empathy for the victim but because she is a woman in a man's world. Point (bis). This topic is rath
Susan Johnston
From beginning to end, this book kept me engaged and intrigued. There is a vile serial killer at work in London and the entire city is on edge. A young woman who in an inebriated state leaves a pub with a stranger, soon suspects he may be The Burning Man. This creature beats and then burns his victims, young, innocent women. In order to escape, she fights back. It is when police interview her afterwards, we are introduced to Maeve, a young DC and the various male associates on the team assigned ...more
John Purvis
“The Burning” published in 2010 was written by Jane Casey ( This is her second novel. The story is of a young Detective Constable of the Metropolitan London Police, Maeve Kerrigan.

She is working on a task force put together to find the Burning Man, a serial killer who has brutally killed four young women, then set their bodies on fire. She is called to the scene of a potential fifth victim, but she is not convinced that it is the work of their serial kill
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She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an mPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin
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