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The Burning Air By Erin Kelly The Burning Air Of course it was love for my children love for my son that caused me to act as I did It was a lapse of judgement If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted di
  • Title: The Burning Air
  • Author: Erin Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780670026722
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Burning Air By Erin Kelly Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did It was a lapse of judgement If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late.The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year evOf course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did It was a lapse of judgement If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late.The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different Lydia, the matriarch, is dead Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on but when they leave her looking after Sophie s baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nestGripping and chilling, with a killer twist, The Burning Air reaffirms Erin Kelly as one of Britain s foremost psychological thriller writers.
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    About "Erin Kelly"

    1. Erin Kelly

      Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998.She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

    812 thoughts on “The Burning Air”

    1. erin kelly can always be counted on for a well executed thriller to while away a rainy eveningd this one is her best yet honestly, i didn t even bother reading the netgalley synopsis i just saw she had a new book and clicked gimmie automatically i don t have the same urgency to read her books the way i do with tana french, but she has always written books i have enjoyed reading and i expected to experience another quiet evening diversion with her new book.which it is that, but this time, she s g [...]


    2. To fully enjoy this book, I think it s best if you dive right in without knowing or reading too much about it beforehand so my review will be brief and slightly vague The Burning Air is a psychological mystery that tells the dark, twisted tale of obsession, delusion, entitlement, narcissism and revenge all centered around the privileged MacBride family in modern day England.The plot is narrated by 4 different characters so the reader experiences the story from each of their unique perspectives W [...]


    3. Underestimate this dark and extremely disturbing psychological thriller at your peril for its sinks its claws in and proves compelling, largely for the damaged narrators offering their individual perspectives and the sheer number of times that the author wrong foots her readership Punctuated by a series of unexpected revelations, the story grows steadily darker and demands the audiences attention, despite how implausible some of the supposed twists become Sowing the seeds for the impending thril [...]


    4. The Burning Air is a Viking Adult publication with a Feb 2013 release date.Often I have found that novels promoted as psychological thrillers really don t fall into that genre Many times they are just mysteries or thrillers with a darker edge to them, but in the case of The Burning Air by Erin Kelly, the description of psychological thriller is dead on.Rowan and Lydia have an idealic life They have a good marriage, three healthy children, great careers, a nice house But, when Rowan, a head maste [...]


    5. This was not a bad book It held my interest, that s for sure I wanted to know what Lydia had written in her diary Darcy intrigued me, even after the author duped me regarding view spoiler Darcy s gender hide spoiler The only conclusion I can draw is that Darcy is mentally ill, functional yes, but completely obsessed for years with the McBride family What did the McBrides do I think they just lived their lives until they were put into danger Did their true colors show then Eh, so the story was a [...]


    6. A copy of The Burning Air was provided to me by Penguin Group USA Edelweiss for review purposes Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did It was a lapse of judgement If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late The Burning Air tells the story of a privileged family, the MacBrides, and how one small decision changed their lives [...]


    7. This was a dark psychological tale of obsession.You put amidst a envious and bitter person who won t let go of a past that they feel could have made their future so much better and as a reader you might find that not to be the case.The story switched between narratives of various important characters in this story.After the crime occurs in the beginning of the story you are then taken back in the unraveling of the whys of it and how insidiously the plot was planned.You feel eerily quite involved [...]


    8. Erin Kelly s debut, The Poison Tree, focused on a single character her follow up, The Sick Rose, had two protagonists With her third novel, she broadens the scope again with a story revolving around a whole family grandparents, three siblings, their partners and children The book begins as Lydia, the matriarch of the MacBrides, is dying the story then flashes forward by just under a year as the remainder of the family gathers together to scatter her ashes It s Bonfire Night, a traditional time f [...]


    9. Lydia opens her diary, picks up her pen and prepares to commit her sins to its pages Overwhelmed by her illness she finishes her entry stating A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her They must be the most important thing in her life, but if she is the most important thing in theirs, she has failed These words underpin the rest of one of the darkest stories I have read.Set over a weekend from 1st to 3rd November 2013 Lydia s family get together at [...]


    10. A taut and suspenseful tale that will keep you hooked from the outset, The Burning Air is the latest psychological thriller from Erin Kelly The Poison Tree , The Sick Rose Revolving around the MacBride family, Kelly weaves a story full of surprises and reveals, that consistently wrongfoot the reader, as the sins of the past come knocking at the door I am not going to dwell on the plot too much as that would entirely spoil the cleverly placed reveals that drive the central narrative As a family g [...]


    11. I don t often read thriller stories This one was definitely a page turner with pretty fast pace action particularly after the first chapter which kept me interested I wanted to find out what s coming next but when the secret was revealed I was pretty disappointed as the secret turned out not to be that bad or original It s a bit hard to present a person who s obsessed with someone I think Darcy s character was pretty well presented, the start of his obsession well described and believable His la [...]


    12. Don t read this review if you want absolutely no sense of a spoiler There s no way I can state my primary problem with this book without some nuance for it.Slow start that went super intense that was a 4 But, for me anyway, after the bulk of the reveal to who the rest became completely over the top In some aspects, I don t think the eventual ending made sense Or would it be possible as police were involved and they would never have let this go for the occurrence that they were told had occurred [...]


    13. So you may notice that the summary doesn t tell you much That s actually a very good thing, and I m not going to tell you any about the plot As a result, this review will be ridiculously short because I don t want to ruin anything for you So here are two things to take away first, it s amazing and so freaking GOOD And second, this book reminded me a lot of Gone Girl in that it s the kind of book where you re like, Seriously, WHAT IS GOING ON And if you weren t a fan of that book s ending, you m [...]


    14. The first half of this book was great Terrific build up and tension and then the second half fizzled out like a dead squib Very disappointed


    15. Check out this review and others like it at BadAssBookReviewsThere are no spoilers in this review and I keep my comments very neutral, as I think it is important going into this novel to not know too much So if you have not yet read this book, you can safely read on I am a lover of the twisted, dark but beautiful psychological thriller The Secret History by Donna Tartt, In the Woods by Tana French, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Likeness by Tana French, Broken Harbour by Tana French So I ha [...]


    16. Burning Air by Erin KellyThe English have been doing a wonderful job bringing us psychological suspense fiction in the last year or so like Before I Go to Sleep, What the Nanny Saw and The Lantern although another one I loved, Gone Girl, is truly American Now we are presented with another English psychological novel by the author of The Poison Tree and The Dark Rose Revenge is the theme of Burning Air which is told through chapter viewpoints of a few of the characters.The MacBride family live th [...]


    17. The blurb seems to promise The Burning Air as a child is missing thriller to some extent it is, but primarily it is a revenge tragedy featuring two sets of characters We have the McBride family Rowan, the headmaster of a posh school in a cathedral city in the west of England, his wife Lydia, a lay magistrate who as the book opens is dying of cancer They have two daughters a son, assorted grandchildren who will play roles in the story too Later we are introduced to the enemies of the McBride fami [...]


    18. Description Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did It was a lapse of judgement If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late.The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different Lydia, the matriarch, is dead Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a [...]


    19. To be honest, this book didn t grab me from the first page, or even the first chapter What I did instead, was settle into it a little at a time and began to really enjoy it after the third chapter This author has a unique voice when she writes and it pleased me as a reader I particularly liked the way she built suspense without revealing too much of what was yet to come The way the characters are doing battle with their own lives, histories and also trying to solve a mystery was a great way to p [...]


    20. I m torn on how to rate this book On the one hand I thought the writing was great, quite engaging and sometimes mesmerizing The story was well thought out, and I did enjoy my time with it The only issue and it s a big one was I had a hard time with the overall concept, Darcy s obsession with harming the Macbrides after one small perceived slight I found myself actually rolling my eyes at various points, and wasn t able to lose myself in the book because I found myself continuously wanting to sla [...]


    21. This is a better than average mystery I enjoy a psychological thriller and this one didn t disappoint me There aren t many likeable characters here and one is particularly nasty, obsessive and revengeful It was a well written, over the top yarn I couldn t put it down.


    22. The blurb for this book is only the tip of the iceberg, and with good reason it s best to go into this blind and discover where it takes you for yourself.All I ll say is there s a very clever twist and it was hard to put down.


    23. I received The Burning Air for review in the mail a little over a month ago, and after having read this novel, I regret that I allowed the book to sit on my shelf for as long as I did what a thrilling and fun read The synopsis of the book as printed on the cover initially gave me a different impression of how the novel would turn out Here s my version of the synopsis The MacBride family has always lived an upper class life Rowan MacBride, the patriarch of the family, is an administrator at the p [...]


    24. Actual rating 1.5 minor spoilers ahead The moment I finished this book, I grunted in frustration and cast it aside.The progression of my feelings towards this particular novel from start to finish are as follows curiosity boredom severe boredom mild surprise short lived excitement anger annoyance extreme annoyance complete and utter disinterest.Throughout the entirety of The Burning Air, I absolutely hated the MacBride family Why, you may ask Well, for starters, they are nothing than an uppity, [...]


    25. It seems mean to give this only 3 stars when most of the elements would point towards a 4 star rating edit reduced down to 2 by the time I finished writing this I certainly enjoyed it I read it pretty much in one fell swoop, which illustrates its page turning qualities It s a story that rattles along Not written or read as an exercise in English Lit, nevertheless I felt the gallop to the finish was important than the journey making the page turning quality a double edge sword.The book was about [...]


    26. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review This did not influence my review in any way.Upon further consideration, I think this book, for me, is of a 3.5 than a 4 It s still not bad, though, especially since I kind of enjoyed this novel which I initially thought was a book about a dysfunctional family I think what set it apart from other mystery thrillers was the way the story was portrayed and played out we got to see the events unfold in the eyes of four characters, giving us not on [...]


    27. A prominent and closely knit family must face the consequences of past secrets, learn to deal with the events that unfold in the present.The story opens as the terminally ill matriarch of the MacBride family unloads her guilt for actions she took in her past in her daily journal, never intending for anyone to ever see it, unaware that those actions have been the basis for a long planned, twisted revenge against her family The events that unfold after her death may tear her family apart, damaging [...]


    28. Points for above average writing, points off for predictable plot and perpetuating the need for what I refer to as the Schamalamadingdog effect whereby suspense horror thriller writers continually attempt to recapture the magic of M Knight Schyamalan s Sixth Sense twist over and over and over again.It worked once guys ONCE Someone else got to it before you did Please for the love of god stop worrying about tricking me and just write a good story Please Erin Kelly is a very talented writer, no qu [...]


    29. This book came so close to being awesome It s a great suspense story, and the author manages to throw in a couple of genuine surprises It was definitely the sort of novel that keeps me compulsively reading page after page One of the blurbs on the back cover compares her to Ruth Rendell, and I can definitely see a similarity Like Rendell, Kelly sets up an intensely character driven thriller, with the emphasis on how the characters own flaws and foibles, rather than mere chance or the work of rand [...]


    30. It amazes me that a story so dark can be so beautiful at the same time The Burning Air centers around a seemingly perfect family, the MacBrides But as is often the case, perfection is only surface deep and dark secrets are well kept The story jumps between different points of view, a brief teaser of these secrets revealed in the opening chapter by matriarch Lydia, then jumping to oldest child Sophie And just as the reader is lulled into a lovely story about family, tragedy strikes and the point [...]


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