• The Burning Girls

  • A Completely Gripping Crime Thriller Packed with Heart-Pounding Twists (Detective Ellie Reeves, Book 3)
  • By: Rita Herron
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The girl was beautiful, even in death. Her skin was translucent beneath the sliver of moonlight peeking through the bare branches of the surrounding pines, and her chestnut hair had tumbled around her pale shoulders. Around her, smoke twisted in the air, curling into the inky sky.

The remote town of Crooked Creek has barely recovered from its most recent tragedy when wildfires tear through the mountains. Detective Ellie Reeves is grappling with her own heartbreak - she has just discovered she was adopted and that her childhood was a lie. 

Under the scorching summer sun, Ellie is called to a river where a body has been found. She spots a lone woman’s shoe caught in a nearby tangle of vines, and a pearl necklace scattered by the water’s edge. The remains are surrounded by a circle of stones, which Ellie is certain means something. Was the victim - whoever she was - caught in the fire, or is something more sinister at play? 

The Fourth of July usually means festivals and fireworks, but when another body turns up the town is left in tatters. A young girl with dark hair lies dead, surrounded by stones, smoke drifting in the air. Thanks to an engraved silver necklace, Ellie identifies the body as 18-year-old Katie Lee Curtis, and the diary she finds hidden under the teenager’s mattress could get her close to the killer. 

With two victims in less than 24 hours, it’s clear Ellie’s up against a serial killer, and she vows that no more innocent girls will be sacrificed. For her, every day is a battle to come to terms with her past, but when this case becomes personal, will she win? 

A totally gripping and utterly addictive pause-resister that will have you racing through and reeling at the twists. Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Lisa Regan, and Kendra Elliot, it’s best listened to with the lights on! 

©2021 Rita Herron (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Good book and wonderful narration..

Another serial killer murderer in the Ellie Reeves series. There was a lot of repetitiveness in the last 2 book, more than there needed to be, but it was still a good story, if you call a killer who murdered women then burned their bodies. The killer was kinda cray-cray.

There was no romance and the F0bomb was used 5 times.

As for the narration: I love Tanya Eby. She makes the voices great and makes the book all the better.

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Robot narrator

I had to try to start it three times, hard to get past the robotic voice of the narrator.

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  • KW
  • 06-23-21

Narrator’s enunciation was distancing

I loved the story but the narrator’s exaggerated enunciation was so distracting it took away from the story. It almost sounded robotic at times.

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Good twisty story; horrible chapter editing!

This was a nice twisty Ellie Reeves story. it was murdered by 161 chapters announced each time in a nine hour book. I don’t mind narrators telling me what chapter I’m hearing but when each chapter is between two and seven minutes long it’ Totally destroys the flow of the narrative.

I’m legally blind and I can’t refer to a text version of a book where I can ignore chapter numbers if I so wish.

Dictated to a an extremely dyslexic iPad

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Good book

I really like this book series there's a lot of twists and turns in this mystery series and I'm planning to continue with continue With the next one in the series

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Very enjoyable story - Unpleasant narration

I really enjoyed the story and setting, however, the narration was akin to a robocall. Sometimes there was warmth in the narration, but overall the diction of the narrator damaged the story.

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I think it was good?

I feel like the plot was good, as well as the story. I have enjoyed this author and narrator in the past, but this narration fell short.
I hate to give the book a bad score because I truly believe the narrator ruined it. She barely had any emotion… she was truly just “reading” the book.
Not sure what happened as I have listened to her narrate other books without an issue.

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Story was ok, performance was grating

I’m honestly a bit surprised by the high reviews on this one as I’m not overly critical or writing or narrators, but I had a difficult time getting through this one and often found myself rolling my eyes. The narrator’s inflection was often grating, and her tone sounded more suited to a room full of 2nd graders. She often sounded cheerful and upbeat when discussing very serious and disturbing things. It just didn’t fit. I also found the writing often repeated lines verbatim in different parts of the story. I don’t know if that was intentional, but I found it distracting. I made it through to the end, but ultimately found both the story and performance lackluster.

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Great Listen with Great Story

Kept listening for 900 miles. Awesome story line with twist and turns you will not expect. Highly recommend this book

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terrific!

loved it! Ellie Reeves is awesome and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • agatha
  • 06-12-21

another great read in this series

I can't wait for the next in this series .As always an intriguing story line with a twist

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  • kathy quinton
  • 06-27-21

Women exploited,silenced ,and murdered.

Murder mystery fast paced kept me on the alert ,I wanted to find out the next twist to this fascinating story .