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.
Why does the woman who knifes the guy who "gave her a ride home" get a sentence of 2 years for GBH? I mean, he drove her away from her home, ignored her pleas to let her out of the car, the passenger door was conveniently broken, drove into a dark alley. Who wouldn't think they were being kidnapped and defend themselves? She should have waited until he attacked her? (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
The serial killer is a very small part of the s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book kept my interest and I really liked ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It is unreasonable to wish Jane Casey wrote faster because I am the first to complain when an author produces books on demand fo ...more
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 ...more
A true page-turner, this book held my attention most of the time. That ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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