A best-selling author who draws comparisons to the masterful Ruth Rendell, Erin Kelly crafts suspense novels that have raised the bar for thrillers everywhere. The Burning Air follows the affluent MacBrides, who look to family matriarch Lydia as the rock upon which they all depend. But when Lydia passes, Rowan and his three grown children gather at the family’s weekend home in the country. And there a stranger, convinced Lydia was a murderer, attempts to shatter the remaining family members’ lives.
©2013 Erin Kelly (P)2013 Recorded Books
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
The book starts off a bit slow, as it sets up the character dynamics, but it is WELL worth the time, as the payoff is a gripping, intelligent novel set in the UK. As I listened to this, I thought of Ruth Rendell at her best, and to some degree, the psychological mysteries of Tana French and Susan Hill. One big difference from the traditional Christie-esque mystery, though, is there is no detective or Miss Marple-like character pursuing the clues, nor is there the traditional denouement at the end (no, "and the killer is....moment.)
Some of the primary characters aren't terribly likable, but we become engaged in their stories and cannot help but empathize with some of them. The writing is taut and well-plotted. There are twists and turns and surprises. Kelly moves the story forward by using different character point of views, which works well to increase the tension as we witness events through different eyes.
The narrators are all excellent and further develop the characters through their performances.
I highly recommend this chilling novel!
Yes. It is gripping and chilling and fully shows the power that obsession and deceit and guilt can all have. The narrators were all superb, with the possible exception of Rowan, who was just OK...
I liked how it all tied together, except for the ending... without spoiling it, I personally don't like what the family did... but it would have been out of character for them to do anything else... I guess my ambivalence about the climax of the story is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
The narrators for Darcy, Lydia and Sophie were superb! I will be checking them all out!. Rowan's narrator was just ok, with very little nuance.
Read this book! It is both a cautionary tale about the power of obsession and just a thrilling good read!
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