Mar 31, 2014

Book Review: The Burning

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 makes her weak, 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 Jane Casey’s gripping series debut will entrance even the most jaded suspense readers.

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This book has a good premise.   Maeve wants to both prove herself and find The Burning Man.  It was more then enough for me to grab this book to review.  Especially as it is a debut novel.

In execution however the storyline wasn't enough to really hold my attention.  Maeve might want to prove herself to her colleagues but first she has to not be so down on herself.  Frankly I found that she whined far too much and quickly became irritating.  

I did manage to finish the book because I accepted it for a review but otherwise it would have quickly hit the slush pile.  I can overlook a lot in a book if I like the main character but that just wasn't the case here.  I don't recommend THE BURNING  to my readers.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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