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Publisher's Summary

A serial killer who wants to watch you burn.…

The media call him The Burning Man, 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 the fifth victim has been found….

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? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

©2010 Jane Casey (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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A great storyteller.

After several mediocre crime novels I have finally found one who can tell a story with sophisticated and creative language skills. I intend to buy all the Jane Casey books I can find. Also, loved the narrators but especially Paul Thornley.

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Enjoyable enough crime story

Nicely written , well read...will probably read more in the future...I figured out wodunnit and why.

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Help I fell into this book series and can't get up

Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but it certainly adds to the entertainment. I love having a bit of a visual in my head due to Caroline Lennon's spectacular voice work.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Burning?

That final twist! No spoilers, but it's fantastic. I also love the Rob moments towards the end. He's a great secondary character.

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Great plot

Loved this book - a truly great crime story and well read with a lovely accent

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Well written with a mix of psychological crime and humour.

As a huge fan of crime/psychological thriller novels, I found this book to be very satisfying in terms of character development, plot and balance. Back-story made sense and was revealed at appropriate times, keeping the reader on the edge. Some funny moments provided some light relief along the way. Ending was reasonably predictable yet the how & why formed the mystery. The character representation for Gill was the only disappointment as the narrator made him sound like Frank Spencer (not what you’d expect for a narcissist) but maybe this was done consciously in an attempt to reveal his underlying weakness. Overall, this book was a great read, glad to discover Jane Casey, and looking forward to book two in the series.

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engaging

I thought that the narrators we're amazing. so easy to listen to full stop this was my first book by this author and she get kept me engaged most of the time . the ending was a bit flat

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Different to my usual “read”

I wasn’t sure at first whether I liked the way it went from one character to another but I soon got used to it. The story was good and believable and the closing credit part was extremely clever. Well done. The Narrators were all excellent. I have listened to a lot read by Caroline Lennon and do like her voice. It’s the first time I have listened to a book with more than one Narrator and really liked Paul Thornley. I am just about to get the next in the series.

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So glad it’s a series!

Loved this book, especially the different POVs.
The narrators were fantastic and the story kept me wanting to keep listening.
Looking forward to the next one!

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Couldn’t stop listening!

Absolutely loved this book. Couldn’t put it down, well stop listening. So well read by the narrators and so well written. Captivating and enjoyable. Can’t wait to listen to another Jane Casey.
If you love a crime book this one is an absolute winner.

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Yes yes yes

Good read I enjoyed this enormously so I’ve decided to read her other stories. Much check to see if the narrators are the same. Great to at last find a good yarn.

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