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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review - The Burning

Book Review

Bookshelves: Adult, Crime, Mystery

Rating: 4 of 5 stars (It was good)

Recommended Age: Adult
Serial Killer, Rape, Language

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this one. I've took a break from mysteries and serial killer type books lately and I love that coming back I've really had some good authors reintroduce the genre for me. 

The writing was smooth and easy to read. The setting lands us in England, so if British spelling and slang bothers you, beware. It doesn't bother me, especially when it comes to most of the bad language. This is mostly from first person narrative from a detective, Maeve. There is a little bit of jumping, but not so much you get confused as to who's POV we are in. Maeve is strong and somewhat stand-offish. I warmed to her even though at first she seemed pretty cold. I really enjoyed Rob's character and wish we could've read more from his POV, but there's only one small part about 3/4 of the way through. I properly despised Gil and Louise gave me the creeps. 

Reading the summary one might think that this book is mostly focused on a serial killer and his crimes. If you are expecting that, you might be somewhat disappointed. Don't get me wrong, there is a serial killer, but it is not the main chunk of the book, more of a back burner fire that is eventually put out quickly and neatly. This book is mostly about the fifth murder which doesn't exactly fit with the others, particularly with the small tidbits of info the police didn't reveal to the press. Usually with serial killer books, you might get a copycat, but the copycat killer is found and the serial killer continues on. This is the same way, but parts reversed. Does that make sense?

Anyway, the book is pretty much police protocol, follow the detectives footsteps kind of book. There is some questioning, but I figured out the ending pretty quick. This isn't one with a major plot twist. I did like how the ending was all summed up. Everything was explained down to back story and motive. Overall I was really pleased with this book, I would've given five stars if there was a little more mystery to it and I couldn't narrow down the killer. I will watch this author in the future and other Maeve Kerrigan novels.

Happy Reading!


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