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The Burning

(Maeve Kerrigan #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  9,623 ratings  ·  928 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.


Hardcover, first American edition, 354 pages
Published September 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published November 1st 2010)
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Diane Laughlin I thought that part of the storyline was superfluous and I agree with your question. Perhaps it was the seriousness of the inflicted injury.
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Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars *

This a complex psychological thriller, from the bestselling author of The Missing.
Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious young DC, determined to prove her competency in the misogynistic world of the Metropolitan CID. She and her colleagues are working on a horrifying serial murder case. Several young women have been beaten to death, their bodies taken to quiet corners of local parks and then set alight.

The novel begins dramatically with a drunken young teenager being given a lift by a mini
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Burning is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. Kerrigan is a DC trying to impress in a man's world within her team. Based in South London, bodies are being found in remote areas, partially burned; the murders quickly turn into victims of 'The Burning Man.' The latest victim, a successful PR woman, Rebecca Haworth, seems to be woman with a fair few secrets and Kerrigan is assigned to her case to look more closely into it. On the surface she looks to be another victim of 'The Burning ...more
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
3.30 in the morning and the phone rings to tell DC Maeve Kerrigan that "The Burning Man" has been caught in the act - and that's literally only the beginning of the book.

4.5 stars got awfully close to 5 the more I read The Burning; this was an unexpected and much appreciated win. Jane Casey has a knack for prose that isn't flashy but conjures mind's-eye scenes of particular clarity - her characters are brilliantly real, and the whole book was just so enjoyable to read, even as it dealt with good
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the DC Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey. Having previously read and enjoyed 'After the Fire'which is the 6th book in the series, I decided to read the complete series and predictably started with the very first book 'The Burning'.
I was interested to read other reviews from friends, some of which said they were a little disappointed in the novel, which I can understand to some extent. Often the debut novel in a series is a little slower as characters are developed et
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I spent part of the time being annoyed on Maeve's behalf about the sexist and rude attitudes of her fellow police, and part of the time annoyed by her desperate need to one up her colleagues and suck up to her boss. Even so, I liked her. I like that she's got a bit of a temper; that she cleverly uses the evidence to come to conclusions, but is still anxious that she might have got it wrong; that she jumps in to help people when they're in danger, though perhaps she might have been bette
Maureen DeLuca
This is a new author for me and the first in the series. This mystery follows Maeve Kerrigan, a young and determined police detective. The case she's involved in centers on the murders by a serial killer come to be known as the Burning Man, a person who brutalizes and burns women. When the fifth victim is found, Maeve throws up some interesting questions and gets deeply involved with the case, feeling that this latest victim is a 'copy cat' murder.

This book kept my interest and I really liked
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
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
Diane S ☔
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 I liked the novel way this was written, concentrating on the victim instead of the killer, also in alternating chapters with the police detective Maeve telling the investigative side and the victim's best friend telling us about the victim. It was, however, rather predictable in that I guessed who had done it and pretty much why before the book was even half finished. ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
This review has spoilers.
I don't write reviews often, but I feel obligated to add a counterpoint to the generally favorable reviews this book has been receiving on Goodreads. This book was terrible. The writing was embarrassing: a plethora of point-of-view infractions, central characters that are one or two quirks away from stock characters, and multiple examples that could be used to demonstrate to 101 Creative Writing students why telling, rather than showing, is cheap. There were word usage
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, debut
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
Bill Kupersmith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I find Maeve Kerrigan quite the enigma. Usually I can classify principal characters as strong or weak; Tana French's Cassie Maddox & S. J. Bolton's Lacey Flint are strong, admirable & very capable, whatever their personal problems. The alcoholics who pervade Scottish & Scandanavian crime novels seem pathetic and contemptible. Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway is a little on the weak side & Sophie Hannah's Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer are so weak they have to lean on each other to keep from coll ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Alternate chapters with two narrators. The policewoman Kerrigan and the bestie of a murdered woman. Kerrigan works in a terribly sexist workplace where women, including workmates, are ogled. The book devotes much space for the victim which was a bit different but there really was no mystery and the unsurprising reveal occurred with 50 pages to go.
The Burning by Jane Casey is a 2011 Minotaur publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the first in the Maeve Kerrigan series.

There is a serial killer on the loose, one they have dubbed “The Burning Man”. When a young woman is found murdered, it looks as though the killer has struck again. But, is this the work of the “Burning Man” or a copycat?

I think the main problem this book has, at least for me, is the very
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to CLM by: Clare
The best review is when you couldn't stop reading until it was done, no matter how late it got. I'd like to coax my fellow fans of suspense to try this series. Detective Maeve Kerrigan will sell herself once you begin! I can't even wait for these to be published in the US; I have to order them from the UK as soon as they come out.

It is unreasonable to wish Jane Casey wrote faster because I am the first to complain when an author produces books on demand fo
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Yeah this was a DNF for me. Maybe it would have turned out to be a decent book, but I was extremely bored with it and didn't have the patience to find out. It certainly wasn't bad, but I've read better. ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
this book was on my list for quite a while and i am glad i got around to it. a great stort with plently of twists and things that you dont see coming. i did like the main character Maeve and look forward to following her adventures in the rest of the series.
Christine Bilaniuk
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story! New author for me to read.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
A thrilling murder mystery and British police drama, The Burning Man is a captivating novel centered on a London serial killer with a nasty habit of burning his victims after he kills them. Though up against several policemen who are as ambitious as she is, Detective Constable Kerrigan is determined to catch the villain. When Rebecca Haworth is murdered, however, the hunt for said serial killer takes on a whole new dimension.

A true page-turner, this book held my attention most of the time. That
Freda Malone
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
I checked this out of the library and after a few chapters decided it was not for me. I'm not rating as I didn't read enough for a rating, only to know I wasn't interested. ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
I’m reasonably picky about the books I read. Usually my criteria is an average rating of 4.0 or better so “The Burning” by Jane Casey (with an average of 3.78) is unusual. But I have been looking for a good police procedural murder mystery and the books by Maeve Kerrigan have been on my
TBR pile for quite awhile so I decided to give Book 1 in the series a try. I’m glad I did!

If “The Burning” is the lowest rated book in the DC Kerrigan series then I am in for a treat because I thought it was fanta
So, I Read This Book Today
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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A first rate police procedural with a strong female cast- loved it!

This is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and is a great introduction to the very likable main characters, the location and the fluent effortless writing style that is Jane Casey. I loved that the characters were fully developed; we get view points from Maeve, Louise and Rob, and Casey uses the ploy of researching/interviewing associates from an earlier crime to further provide more background on our victim, su
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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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