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The Burning by Jane Casey
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Aug 07, 11

bookshelves: 2011, first-reads
Read from July 12 to August 07, 2011

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 thought about what I would do and it and then read that Maeve would do the samething. No kidding! I think that we would even wear the same type of comfortable clothes on off days. Maeve is ambitious, witty, carefully but brave and very focused on her work. Her mother nagged her to get married and change to a safer occupation.

I also love the fully developed character of Louise. I enjoyed swinging back and forth with the chapters focused on Maeve and the Louise. Reading about her early childhood gave more depth to this character. Since I like larger fonts (must be an age thing) The chapters concerning Louise were in restful font size.

There were other characters, like Rob, her love interest. I was charmed by his honesty and hope that he appears in later books. I also liked learning more about the traditions at Oxford, where some of the interviews take place.

I missed the exciting thrills, twists and turns of some mystery books but I still think this one is worth reading for the characters alone and would love to read more by the author, Jane Casey.

I recommend this book to people who love fully developed characters, no matter what the genre.
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