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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743231414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743231411
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The disorganised private life of Nathan, luckless protagonist of Burial by Neil Cross, is not one that most of us would aspire to. Nathan, one of life's under-achievers, is chafing in a radio journalism job, and is stuck in a relationship that has run its course – mainly because of his own lack of drive and focus. He reluctantly goes to a party along with his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend; the host is his boss, an unpleasant right-wing radio host. Nathan shares some drugs with the slightly creepy Bob, a journalist who is given to some flaky beliefs in the supernatural. Both men encounter the equally stoned (and irresponsible) Elise, and all three participate in some sordid sex in a parked car. To Nathan's horror, the mini-orgy results in Elise's death (Bob was the last person to be alone with her). Nathan, much against his better judgement, is persuaded to dispose of Elise's body, and her death ends up in the 'unsolved' files of police registers. Time passes, and Nathan is racked with guilt. Then Bob makes an unwelcome reappearance and informs him that the woods in which they buried Elise are to be dug up for a social housing project. Nathan's life is soon in a desperately downward spiral. Burial, like earlier Neil Cross books such as Holloway Falls, is perfectly calculated to keep the reader on tenterhooks -- in all kinds of ways. When Nathan becomes friendly with the uncomprehending sister of the dead Elise and initiates a relationship, we are simultaneously pained at the deception – and worried for the screwed-up protagonist. As events move towards a grim and jaw-dropping climax, it's clear that once again Neil Cross has demonstrated he is the master of the uncomfortable, worrying suspense narrative. Burial is a queasy – but undeniably compulsive – read. --Barry Forshaw

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Neil Cross is the author of CHRISTENDOM, MR IN-BETWEEN, HOLLOWAY FALLS and ALWAYS THE SUN. He lives with his wife and two children.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cheryl pasquier on 23 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Having read the blurb on the back of the book, I thought this was going to be a fairly predictable read that followed pretty much the same basic plot as numerous other thrillers. Wow, how wrong was I ? It really kept me guessing right until the end and even then, I was way of the mark ! I loved the way the "good guys" and the "bad guys" were not totally clear cut and the interaction between the different characters. It reminded me a bit of the film "Shallow Grave" but with a much more realistic storyline - it gave me the shivers because I could really imagine being in that situation and trying to work out what to do, exactly like the characters in the book. Some of the descriptions were haunting (sorry, no pun intended !). I couldn't help thinking this would make a brilliant film or TV series so I was hardly surprised to read that Neil Cross is lead scriptwriter on 'Spooks' and other TV programmes. I whizzed through this book in a few days, reading way after I decided to stop every night because I always wanted to find out what was going to happen in the next chapter ! It's a real page-turner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2009
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I read my first Neil Cross book about a year ago, and since then have been seeking out other books by this remarkable writer. Neil Cross specialises in complex psychological novels in which ordinary people get involved in highly disturbing crimes. His ability to capture the horror of suburban man as he is sucked into unresolvable conflicts is second to none.

In Burial, a young man called Nathan goes to a party, where drink and drugs flow freely. Nathan is about to break up with his girl-friend and hooks up with Elise, an appealing and friendly young woman who seems to be happy take over where his previous girl-friend left off. Nathan also meets Bob, an old acquaintance who offers to drive Nathan and Elise out in his car to a remote spot where they can take more drugs and have what seems (mistakenly) to be a good time.

I have no intention of spoiling this book for other readers and must stop my description there. But it will do no harm to say that Nathan ends up years later with a horrendous situation to deal with involving the exhumation of an ancient corpse, the concealment of appalling secrets from his wife, and an attempt to sort out Bob, who now has a terrifying hold over him but has also degenerated into a shambling and confused wreck. Half-way through the book, the reader suddenly sees that the whole situation is so impossible for Nathan to deal with that there seems to be absolutely no resolution other than some sort of nuclear option. It is at this stage that the reader's late nights begin.

There is so much to this book. It deals with human behaviour under extreme pressure and Neil Cross seems to have got completely into his characters as he describes their torment. I can only recommend it to anyone who has got bored with more run of the mill books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2009
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Bob sometimes turns up unexpectedly in Nathan's life over the years, right from when he was sharing a room in a run-down house full of ex-rock guitarists, bikers and doleys. The first time they met Bob was doing `research' on occult phenomena and Nathan wasn't much impressed. Four years later Nathan works for a snide and bullying disc-jockey who has a right-wing late-night phone-in radio show and Bob turns up at a Christmas party in the DJ's country mansion - and that's the night when all Nathan's troubles begin. Nathan's fed up with his girlfriend who's dancing groin to groin with the DJ, but then he meets up with the beautiful, half-smashed Elise and they somehow end up being driven off together in Bob's car. They have awkward sex while Bob looks on. Elise seems up for anything and doesn't protest when Nathan climbs out and Bob gets in. But something goes wrong and Elise is suddenly dead. Bob says she must have had something wrong with her - she's had some kind of fit. They drive into the undergrowth and Bob and Nathan bury the dead girl in a shallow grave.

Nathan's nightmares begin. Suddenly afraid of the dark and spooked by Bob's occult interests, it is some time before he is able to live a normal life. But fate intervenes and Nathan finds himself deeply attracted to Elise's sister.

Thrillingly compulsive, this story has more to offer than mere twists and turns for there is a disturbing aura of creeping unease as events unfurl and Bob and Nathan find themselves entwined ever deeper in a mire of their own devising. You may not like it, but you won't be able to resist turning the next page. Counter to all one's expectations, the ending is somehow deeply satisfying.
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By Book Critic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
A claustrophobic thriller about a death that literally haunts a young and relatively innocent young man and his hideous friend, a PhD student and paranormal investigator. Nathan, the protagonist, deals with what's happened and makes a life despite everything - in fact, he makes a rather good life, a life that, if the death had never happened, would not have come about. Can he deal with the implications of that knowledge?

I could see how ...more It's certainly a page turner.

A claustrophobic thriller about a death that literally haunts a young and relatively innocent young man and his hideous friend, a PhD student and paranormal investigator. Nathan, the protagonist, deals with what's happened and makes a life despite everything - in fact, he makes a rather good life, a life that, if the death had never happened, would not have come about. Can he deal with the implications of that knowledge?

I could see how the paranormal shades would come to colour the book, in fact, I was expecting rather more of it than we got but the twist at end came as a real surprise to me - maybe that's because I don't read or watch many thrillers. It certainly read as though the author had the TV market in mind.

The quality of the writing is often a little shaky with repetition and a goodly number of clichés, but if a darn good plot is all you need, then this is a darn good plot, reasonably well executed and will keep you turning the pages for sure.
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