The Burning; Jane Casey


If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know that a family member of mine has recently started to read, and out of pride I decided to read along with him.  The Burning by Jane Casey was the first book he picked up, just because he wanted to.  So after reading the Green Mile along with him, I thought it would be nice to read the book that got him hooked.

[The Plot]: The media call him The Burning Man, 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 the fifth victim has been found…
Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice.
But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

I have mixed feelings about this book.  I really did enjoy reading it, however it wasn’t really the ‘thriller’ I was expecting.  It took me a little longer to finish reading that it would have with other books of a similar style and length.  Though I found the tempo to be fairly slow, the plot was interesting enough that I wanted to read on.

I’ve never  been the type of person who can predict a twist in a plot line, or can  immediately tell who the bad guy is in a story.  However, this was not the case with this book.  As well written as it was, I found that I knew exactly who the murderer was after just 100-120 pages.  As sure as I was that I had figured out who the murderer was, I kept reading to the end in the hope that I had gotten it wrong (as that tends to be the case) but no, I was very much right in my predictions and felt it had been obvious throughout the book.

As I said above, I really did enjoy the plot line but I’m really not sure if I will be reading on in the series. If I do, it will probably be more for an easy light read than scary thriller.

I rate this book three out of five stars.

three star

Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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