The Burning Air

The Burning Air A heart stopping tale of twisted obsession from the author who gives us everything we love in a thriller O The Oprah Magazine The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege good looks or les

  • Title: The Burning Air
  • Author: Erin Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781444728323
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • A heart stopping tale of twisted obsession from the author who gives us everything we love in a thriller O, The Oprah Magazine The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege good looks or less , a beautiful home, tuition free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrateA heart stopping tale of twisted obsession from the author who gives us everything we love in a thriller O, The Oprah Magazine The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege good looks 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 The Burning Air is Erin Kelly s most chilling novel yet a novel that fans of Sophie Hannah and Kate Atkinson will find spellbinding.

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    1. karen

      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, sh [...]

    2. LeeAnne

      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. [...]

    3. Rachel Hall

      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 thr [...]

    4. Julie

      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 m [...]

    5. Brenda

      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 [...]

    6. Bonnie

      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 [...]

    7. Lou

      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. Blair

      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 [...]

    9. Cleo Bannister

      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 t [...]

    10. Raven

      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 [...]

    11. Marta

      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 believabl [...]

    12. Jeanette

      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 [...]

    13. Kelly Hager

      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 more 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 [...]

    14. Sally Boocock

      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. Regina

      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 [...]

    16. K

      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 liv [...]

    17. Bill Kupersmith

      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 [...]

    18. Gina

      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 repa [...]

    19. Ionia

      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 [...]

    20. Elizabeth Arnold

      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 [...]

    21. Carol

      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. Anna

      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. Sarah

      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 [...]

    24. Kyle

      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, fo [...]

    25. Geraldine

      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 more important than the journey - making the 'page turning quality' a double edge sword.The b [...]

    26. Faye, la Patata

      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 more 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 [...]

    27. Dianne

      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, damagin [...]

    28. Sara

      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 talente [...]

    29. Emily Crow

      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 [...]

    30. Kara

      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 [...]

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