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Burning Secrets

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  17 reviews
An intense and thrilling teen mystery set on a tranquil island where all seems perfect…

Daniel has dark secrets and a troubled past. So when his family move to the island of Wragge, a gentle backwater where local life remains undisturbed he feels he’s escaped.
But outsiders aren’t always welcome and the more Daniel tries to conceal, the more he reveals about sinister goings
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published February 24th 2011)
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Callum Rowland
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know it's a good book when you tell yourself "i'll go to bed after this chapter" but it never happens.
Denise Flynn
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good teen book. Having moved to a remote Island where everyone knows everyone, a mystery begins to unfold. What is the 'leaf' which all the kids and teens seem to be eating and why does everyone seem so content? Throw in a new family who have a few past secrets of their own and a journalist masquerading as a music teacher at the fabulous school where all the kids love to spend additional time and you have a Stepford community. Post driven but with fairly convincing characters to draw out a numbe ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Burning Secrets begins with Daniel and his family moving to the island of Wragge. Wragge is nothing like London, or anything that Daniel and his sister are used to; all the neighbours are friendly and happy, gossip travels faster than a bullet and the strangest of all – everything seems perfect. There’s no crime, no fighting, no arguments. Everyone gets along with one another, and everyone knows everything about everyone else. As outsiders, Daniel and his family find the island quite hard to tak ...more
Jesse Owen
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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From reading the description of Burning Secrets I expected it to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was, it’s a mystery story which centres on the island of Wragge – for all intents and purposes the island is a little piece of paradise. There’s no crime on the island, all the children are well behaved – oh, yes and everyone knows everyone else's business, but aside from that it seems like quite a heavenly place to live!

But we all know (if nothing else than from watching Midsomer
dani! ❀
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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Burning Secrets was, well, an average book. It wasn't bad, and it had its moments, but I can't say it was particularly interesting or that it will in any way stay with me for a prolonged period of time. I got bored with this book halfway through and ended up putting it down for a month... which is a bad sign.

For a mystery, this was ridiculously easy. Either I'm very perceptive, or the clues were all glaringly obvious, and I'm inclined to think that it was the latter. I would not be exaggerating
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Moving from London to the remote island of Wragge, Daniel, Louie, and their mum expect a little break from the hustle bustle and stress of city life. Wragge is a beautiful little island filled with friendly neighbours and rugged landscapes. But in places like Wragge secrets are hard to keep, and Daniel isn't the only one with something he needs to hide...

Few covers have ever less suited their book than the cover of Clare Chamber's Burning
May 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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This book was better than I thought it was gonna be, so it was a pleasant surprise! I was kinda angry with myself because when I was looking back on the book today all I could think was how obvious everything was in the end and for starting the book thinking 'I don't think I'm going to this Daniel' coz he turned out to be quite entertaining. I'm not sure if I like Ramsey, I don't really see the point in her apart from liking Daniel and taking Leaf.

When I was finishing the book all I could think
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although it took a while for the story to get going properly, once it did I was hooked. This was a book I couldn’t put down; as the mystery deepened I had to keep reading until the last page. Although I did guess the twist at the end I still found it a very enjoyable book and would definitely recommend it.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book I can't say is a good book because I don't think it is, but it kept me reading all the way through. She was brilliant at keeping the reader interested in the story and wanting to read on. And the twist at the end had me amazed. Really good, well done for that.
Nikki Heath
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book, and whilst the mystery/crime element was extremely well woven, I couldn't help thinking that it reminded my of Iron Heads by Susan Gates! Would like to know if anyone else felt the same? V
Maggy Farrell
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book. My 10 yr old (and I) really enjoyed this one!
Emma Plumbley
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Not bad but the story could have been developed further and the ending was rushed
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
It was an interesting book with a good story line.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really good book, starts off a bit boring but I would really reccomend sticking to it as it was a really exciting, thrilling book and everything will make perfect sense by the end.
adinda widya
Dec 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
pending .. buku ini tentang apaan si?
Aung Cho
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad book to be honest, Was kind of predictable but still had me reading through~ a good start to my 2015 year of reading.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a book that I couldn't put down. However for me the ending seems unfinished- what happens to miss ivory for example. There needed to be more to tie up all the loose ends
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Clare Chambers was born on 1966 in in Croydon, Surrey, England, UK, daughter of English teachers. She attended a school in Croydon. At 16, she met Peter, her future husband, a teacher 14 years old than her. She read English at Oxford. The marriage moved to New Zealand, where she wrote her first novel. She now lives in Kent with her husband and young family. In 1999, her novel Learning to Swim won ...more