The Burning Air, Hardback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Gripping and chilling, with a killer twist, THE BURNING AIR reaffirms Erin Kelly as one of Britain's foremost psychological thriller writers. 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 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 nest ...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444728316



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The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege: good looks (more or less), a beautiful home, tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia.But when Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since Lydia's passing at the family's weekend home - a restored barn in the English countryside - years of secrets surface, and they discover a stranger in their midst. A stranger who is convinced that Lydia was a murderer. A stranger who has been exacting vengeance upon the family for years without their ever knowing. And one who will threaten the youngest MacBride, baby Edie, and the clan's memory of Lydia, shattering their world forever.My Thoughts:This book is really good. I couldn’t put it down. It is so easy to read and unlike some thrillers, not complicated but with plenty of twists and turns. What made the book for me was the twist half way through. I thought it was clever how the author led me to believe one thing and it turned out to be something else. When you have read the book you will know what I mean. It is very difficult to try to explain without giving anything away.I really enjoyed this book and having liked EK other two books she is an author who I will seek out in the future. I can see that this book would also make an excellent adaptaion for tv.

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I really enjoyed this. I much preferred it to The Sick Rose, but unfortunately it paled in comparison to The Poison Tree.<br/><br/>The characterisation was excellent, and while I thought the plot left a little to be desired, it still held my attention to its conclusion.

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