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.
The serial killer is a very small part of the s ...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
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
This book kept my interest and I really liked ...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
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
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
Londen wordt opgeschrikt door een seriemoordenaar die eerst zijn slachtoffers vermoord en daarna in brand steekt.
Maeva Kerrigan maakt deel uit van het team wat op de moordenaar jaagt. Maar is het laatste slachtoffer wel een van de seriemoordenaar of maakt een slimme killer gebruik van de situatie om zijn slachtoffer "uit de weg te werken".
Dit verhaal heeft een twist die je niet verwacht!!!!
Enkele fragmenten uit het boek:
-"Ja vind je ook niet? zei ik o ...more
It is one of the few suspense novels I've half-correctedly got right - I didn't get the actual Burning Man, but I did get the copy-cat killer! :-)
I also liked the fact that it addressed the subjects of domestic violence and rape, as it's presented well and I think it would help male readers understand why us females are frightened of being out late at night on our own.
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