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The Burning: A Novel | [Jane Casey]

The Burning: A Novel

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.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, 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 when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?

Maeve’s frenetic hunt for a killer in The Burning, Jane Casey’s series debut, is a gripping introduction to one of the most engaging crime fiction characters in recent memory.

©2011 Jane Casey (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Valerie 06-24-12
    Valerie 06-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen, good story, adaptive narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought I'd have a tough time listening to the narrator at the start of the book but she turned out to be very skilled in changing from one voice to another and differentiating between characters.
    I enjoyed Jane Casey's style of writing and the story kept me wanting to listen to more.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leo's Mom CT 08-22-12
    Leo's Mom CT 08-22-12 Member Since 2004

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable police procedural"
    If you could sum up The Burning in three words, what would they be?

    English (as in Scotland Yard), Enjoyable, Feminine Perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    One of the selling points for this series is of course the lead detective, Maeve Kerrigan, who is smart and fairly unflappable. She definitely has some commitment issues in her personal life that she's going to have to get over...I sometimes find myself losing patience with all the back and forth with her boyfriend/fellow police officer, Rob.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Coomes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciated Maeve's obvious empathy with the female victims.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen if you enjoy British police procedurals with a psychological bent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-16-14
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-16-14
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    "Glad I listened to this one last"

    I'm really glad that I listened to this book in the Maeve Kerrigan series last because had I listened to it first, I don't think I would have listened to the other books in this series, which are VERY good.

    I found Louise to be very annoying in this book and the last hour of the book which is mostly a letter from Louise simply needed to finish!

    I don't think this book is critical to Maeve Kerrigan series if you are interested in reading or listening to these books. All of the other books in the series are much better and maybe that is because of the interaction of Josh Derwent. He's a bugger and I love him! He adds to the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martha VA, United States 01-06-13
    Martha VA, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and Brit-crime novels.

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    "Predictable Plot, Annoying Narrator"

    This is not one of the better detective stories I have listened to recently. The plot is fairly predictable, nothing very interesting. It's a standard whodunnit. I do not like the deliberately misleading introduction of Louise (if you listen to/read it, you'll understand what I mean). It's immature and lacks imagination on the writer's part. There is nothing here that makes me want to continue listening if this should become a series.

    What I enjoyed least about this book is the narrator. The chair she is sitting in often creaks noticeably in the background. She has a bad habit of sucking in air between her teeth. Sometimes it could be appropriate to the dialogue, but at other times it's just annoying. Her portrayal of male characters is very distracting as her voice becomes extremely harsh-sounding and nasal. Right around the beginning of the second half it is obvious that she has a rather bad head cold and at times her voice becomes so scratchy that it I found myself actually clearing MY throat! I wanted to yell at her to take a drink of water! When this happens, I don't understand why they don't just stop recording and wait a few days for the reader to get better instead of pushing them until they are hoarse. Things like this are distracting to me and really detract from the listening experience. A narrator should be unobtrusive, in my opinion.

    I wish I had saved the credit, but it isn't the worst I've listened to. It's just....meh. Save your credit unless you're desperate for Britcrime and have listened to everything else.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-28-12
    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "First in the Maeve Kerrigan series."

    This is Casey’s debut novel involving Maeve Kerrigan, a bright and ambitious detective on the murder squad. She is willing to give all she has to the job, to bring murderers to justice. This puts her in conflict with her boy friend, Ian, and her parents, all of whom don’t want her to be a policewoman at all and think it’s too dangerous for her. She also has to fight against her male counterparts who make cracks about her being a woman, and who feel that her “compassion” gets in the way of her judgment. At present they are tracking down a serial killer, dubbed “the burning man” by the press because he has killed four women, savaged their looks unbelievably so as to disguise who they are, and then set them on fire. There is a fifth victim, who fits some, but not all of the MO of the burning man. Maeve doesn’t think it’s the same killer but a copycat killer, and she sets out to find the murderer while working also on the serial killer case. In some ways this was a compelling book. The character of Maeve reminds me of Paddy Sheehan, Denise Mina’s character, fighting for respect from her family and from her male colleagues. The use of alternating viewpoints in this novel didn’t work for me. The narrator did very well with all the characters, portraying them. But with the alternating voices, particularly if the character now speaking isn’t named, which happened a couple of times, even the best of narrators couldn’t have avoided some confusion for the reader. Having said this, I liked Maeve as a character and am willing to read more books in this series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Nielsen 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected! Close to a 5 🌟"

    After reading some of the less flattering reviews I wasn't sure what I would get- but it was much better than the reviews led me to expect. I thought Maeve was a great new character and I've already purchased the next book in the series. some people criticized the narrator and that baffles me as well - I thought the narrator did a great job and I had no trouble following different characters. Though I'm often not a fan of switching points of view in this book I thought it worked well. I'm tempted to give it 5 stars just to raise the overall average. if there was something in between 4 and 5 star rating that's where I would put it. Couldn't stop listening. A great find in my opinion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann New York, NY 02-01-15
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 02-01-15
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    "What is Better than Book 1 in a Series You Like ??"

    Jane Casey has done something difficult. . .successfully created a character who follows in the footsteps of Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) and Anna Travis while establishing her own identity. The plots are clever, the dialogue smart and the narration superb. If you enjoy British police procedurals this is a wonderful series !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane J. Sillivan 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Burning by Jane Casey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book is long but it is never not interesting. I liked the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not totally. I figured out early on who it was (I have a knack for this) but what was interesting was the detail and how the crime was solved.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Coomes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absorbed.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely will listen to more of this author's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-12-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Good story, nice beach read."

    A good solid listen even if you figured it out in the first 2 chapters. Excellent narration for an enjoyable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas 05-09-15
    Dallas 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mediocre story, even less than mediocre narration"
    What disappointed you about The Burning?

    Aside from the contrived characters, the narrator was really bad. Characters who weren't appealing to the narrator were voiced in vapid snarky accents. Ugh.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Casey again?

    doubtful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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