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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.
Nathan is an unambitous plodder who is stuck in a relationship he doesn't want to be in and a job he doesn't want to do. Talked into going to the Christmas party of his z-list celebrity boss (a once-famous radio DJ) with his girlfriend, Nathan slopes off on his own and ends up taking coke with someone he barely knows, Bob. As the night wears on they are joined by a young girl, Elise, who they discover sitting outside on their own and the three decide to go for a drive, resulting in some sordid goings on in the car. Returning to the car after leaving Bob and Elise in there for just two minutes, Nathan discovers that Elise has died from what appears to be a fit. In blind panic, the two men bury Elise's body in the woods and vow never to speak of it ever again. No trace of Elise was found and after some time the case is closed and forgotten about.....until 10 years later when Bob appears at Nathans door with the news that a housing estate is about to be built on the site of the woods.....
With its matter-of-fact narrative, this book was fast-paced and gripping and I found myself reluctant to put it down. I downloaded it onto my new Kindle (that I got for my birthday) as once I had read the review I wanted to read it right then rather than wait, and once I had started reading I even took my Kindle into the bath with me to read (although I must admit I was terrified of dropping it at first) but I couldn't bear to not be reading even for 10 minutes.
Highly recommended for fans of crime and mystery fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time I have read Neil Cross, a great book with an interesting plot.... Looking out for the next one nowPublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by Mrs Deborah Sumner
Loved this book, a clever mix of murder mystery and low level love story? Mr Cross did well, find out for yourselves ......Published on 4 May 2014 by justin
I normally read Peter James novels but thought I would give this a go and was pleasantly surprised. The storyline kept me interested right the way through and I have just started... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Mandy Clark
Quite thought provoking and a real page turner... Ending was a slight disappointment but i think I expected too much as the rest of the book is excellent.Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by D. Angel
I bought this having enjoyed the Luther TV series immensely, and was keen to experience some more of Cross' writing. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by Graham H
I really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down. The characterisation was very real and the story gripping. Would definitely recommend.Published on 28 July 2013 by Neil
NOT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED, AS I READ HIS PREVIOUS NOVEL, & IT WAS A REAL PAGE TURNER, NOT BAD THO.Published on 3 May 2013 by nat
A friend lent me this book and I'd not read anything of Neil Cross's work before. Nathan has a really bad night at a party hosted by this then boss who is obnoxious to put it... Read morePublished on 28 July 2012 by Totnes Nigel
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. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2012 by Book Critic
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