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The book starts off a bit slow, as it sets up the character dynamics, but it is WELL worth the time, as the payoff is a gripping, intelligent novel set in the UK. As I listened to this, I thought of Ruth Rendell at her best, and to some degree, the psychological mysteries of Tana French and Susan Hill. One big difference from the traditional Christie-esque mystery, though, is there is no detective or Miss Marple-like character pursuing the clues, nor is there the traditional denouement at the end (no, "and the killer is....moment.)
Some of the primary characters aren't terribly likable, but we become engaged in their stories and cannot help but empathize with some of them. The writing is taut and well-plotted. There are twists and turns and surprises. Kelly moves the story forward by using different character point of views, which works well to increase the tension as we witness events through different eyes.
The narrators are all excellent and further develop the characters through their performances.
I highly recommend this chilling novel!
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What would have made The Burning Air better?
The story line was completely far fetched and unbelievable. The family was completely unlikable, which made it hard to root for them, and the narrator was horrible.
Has The Burning Air turned you off from other books in this genre?
Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?
Their were several narrators, the only one I didn't mind was the voice of Matt. The other ones were harsh and emotionless.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Burning Air?
SPOILER ALERT: How on earth would this well educated family allow a cover up for a 12 year old boy who killed someone in self defense? And act like the poor kid murdered him and it needed to be covered up? Talk about PTSD for this poor kid and the whole family for the rest of time, when it could have been handled properly and the family could have moved on. Just terrible terrible writing and plot.
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