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Burial by Neil Cross
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Sep 04, 11

bookshelves: crime, thrillers

Burial contains thematic echoes of Cross' previous work: bleak yet menacing settings, flawed characters forced into emotional and psychological maelstroms, and occasional literary flourishes.

Nathan, the protagonist, is no murderer. But he is a drunken, coked-up witness to the sudden death of 19-year-old Elise, who expires while entangled with Nathan's strange friend, Bob. Panicked, the pair hastily bury Elise in the woods, and for years don't speak. Then, one day, Bob arrives on Nathan's doorstep, convinced Elise is speaking to him from beyond the grave, and threatening to upturn Nathan's carefully constructed new life.

Cross eschews police procedurals or forensic investigators to instead provide the reader with something more "real" - an engrossing window into the mind of a man battling with the long-buried consequences of a moment of youthful madness.

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