- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444728318
- ISBN-13: 978-1444728316
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Burning Air Hardcover – 17 Jan 2013
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Kelly's most accomplished book to date . . . a gripping tale of secrets, revenge and obsession, masterfully done. (Guardian)
An author in total command of the tensions within dysfunctional families . . . Gripping all the way. (The Times)
Kelly excels at thrillers set in middle-England idylls, that sidestep the clichéd and the cosy to go for the jugular. [THE BURNING AIR] sees her reach another level. (Independent on Sunday)
Her narrative choreographs a succession of hints, twists and revelations with elegance and precision. The novel is beautifully written and the characters have a dreadful plausibility about them that engulfs you in their untidy lives. Like all the best psychological thrillers, this one leaves the reader feeling mildly traumatised - and hungry for the author's next book. (Spectator)
Expect dark secrets and a killer twist. So thrilling, this book will have you sleeping with the lights on. (Company)
Erin Kelly is a seriously good writer, and this gripping novel is her best yet. I really loved it - couldn't put it down! (Sophie Hannah)
It's not often I read a book where the twist is so surprising, I have to go back and work out how I missed it, but that's what happened here . . . Brilliant and heart-stopping. (Woman)
Her new book is every bit as dark and intriguing as her previous novels (Bella)
Her creepiest and classiest yet (Elle)
Everything you want from a psychological thriller - elegant writing, clever plotting, shocking twists and a looming sense of menace . . . Erin Kelly just gets better and better with every book! (Good Housekeeping)
An atmospheric setting and an absolutely genius twist . . . Nothing is as it seems in this tense domestic drama, as fresh revelations uncover a maze of interconnected secrets. (Marie Claire)
Erin Kelly masterminds her most psychological thriller yet . . . has a twist so shocking you'll need a lie down (Grazia)
You'll be transfixed as you uncover the truth in this unputdownable novel (Easy Living)
A tense family drama that demands to be read in one sitting (Daily Record)
'You won't be able to get anything else done until you've finished it . . . completely compelling: just take the phone off the hook and cancel any plans you might have.' ***** (Heat)
'THE BURNING AIR is a classic of the psychological thriller genre and puts Kelly firmly in the same league as Ruth Rendell writing under her Barbara Vine pseudonym; both women showing a great gift for characterisation and a mastery of understanding human nature's twisted desires . . . I loved it . . . Erin Kelly puts a satisfying contemporary spin on her genre, showing a sympathy for all her characters, even the supposed 'baddies', and a love of a moral dilemma which could happen to any one of us. It is this realism, a hand-grenade thrown into uneventful and supposedly comfortable lives, which makes THE BURNING AIR such an involving read'. (Sunday Express)
A classic dark thriller combining suspense with gorgeous, evocative prose . . . With writing so seductive and multiple voices that are pitch-perfect for the characters she's created, Kelly shows that she is a writer who doesn't need to keep repeating herself to stay in the game. (Kirkus Reviews)
In a strong field, Kelly is among the strongest. Her formidable control of plot twist and character keep you gripped, unsure of the outcome, until the bitter end. (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
THE BURNING AIR is a clever, creepy exploration of the deceit hidden even within the most apparently loving of families and the very fine line between justice and revenge. Erin Kelly is brilliant at showing the relentlessness of obsession and the evil that can be done in the name of love. (Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner)
Written with empathy, psychological insight and a real feel for the menace and conflict at the heart of families, it's a superior example of its genre. (Big Issue)
A masterfully plotted dark tale of how a small injustice can have devastating consequences. I devoured it in one sitting. (Irish Independent)
Compelling: a macabre tale of motherhood and vengeance (Woman's Weekly)
If you were glued to ITV's recent psychological drama THE POISON TREE, get your nose in the author's latest spine-chiller, pronto . . . Family politics mixed with revenge make for a super-spooky read (Look)
Full of can't-bear-to-look intensity, this is a great, taut read (Red)
A skilfully woven web of revelations, showing how past mistakes come back to haunt the future . . . a chilling, atmospheric book that is almost impossible to put down. There is no-let up in the tension as we hurtle towards the shocking conclusion (Press Association)
Erin Kelly has produced another excellent psychological thriller in THE BURNING AIR. Dark, chilling and with nail biting twists, I read deep into the night, unable to put it down . . . A must read for all fans of the psychological thriller. (newbooks magazine)
Extremely clever... The writing is exemplary... If this was a film, it would be an Alfred Hitchcock great. (TheBookBag.co.uk)
Suspenseful and clever, this book, Erin Kelly's third, is her best so far. (Literary Review)
Gripping new thriller about family secrets and revenge. Perfect for getting spooked on dark January evenings in. (Top Sante)
Creepy and claustrophobic (Sunday Mirror)
Very cleverly written and full of unexpected twists as the tension keeps being ratcheted up another notch before the big reveal at the end . . . Deeply enjoyable but deeply unsettling: the perfect mixture for a psychological thriller! (Sun's Fabulous blog)
THE BURNING AIR once again highlights the originality of Erin Kelly's plot lines and her ability to build anticipation that, in my opinion, is rarely matched by other thriller/suspense writers. Her ability of taking something everyday and warping it into something dark and twisted, whilst effortlessly weaving sequences from all parts of the characters' lives is not something everyone can do . . . This book is a definite page turner that once picked up cannot be put down, with an inventive plot and characters that grab you and hold on tight whilst steering you through the subtle complexities. (crimesquad.com)
If you were a fan of Erin Kelly's first novel, THE POISON TREE, you'll love this. It's definitely her most psychological thriller yet and is the very essence of a page turner - we literally couldn't put it down . . . Obviously, it wouldn't be a thriller without a twist and this one was truly a shocker - it made us turn those pages even quicker so we could see exactly how it would all be resolved. A taut, yet extremely readable novel, this is the perfect companion for a cold winter's night! (goodtoknow.co.uk)
[Kelly] has proved herself - with three books - to be among the most accomplished and pin-sharp of writers working in the crime genre. (Barry Forshaw Independent)
'A classic dark thriller combining suspense with gorgeous, evocative prose ... With writing so seductive and multiple voices that are pitch-perfect for the characters she's created, Kelly shows that she is a writer who doesn't need to keep repeating herself to stay in the game.' (Kirkus Reviews)
'An author in total command of the tensions within dysfunctional families ... Gripping all the way.' (The Times)
'Kelly's most accomplished book to date ... a gripping tale of secrets, revenge and obsession, masterfully done.' (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot is silly, there is a "twist" and the whole thing just get more ridiculous with each plot point. Of course the main events of the book happen in a place with no mobile phone reception and the key witness lacks credibility and the whole thing relies on bizarre coincidences and the stupidity of our main cast of characters. I didn't think much of the reveal of Lydias wrongdoing, yes it had terrible consequences but once again those consequences relied so heavily on ridiculous coincidences that I felt let down.
One dimensional doesn't begin to describe the weakness of the characterisation, all but one of the characters seem to exist on either end of a moral scale of good and evil and when their actions deviate from these positions it seems completely out of character rather than any sort of nuance. I found Lydia especially(whose voice we hear through flash backs, letters and diaries) to be mind numbingly dull, smug and arrogant and not in the least bit sympathetic. We are constantly reminded that Lydia loves her kids and her kids love her... well... err... isn't that the norm?Read more ›
As is often the case with these sort of psychological thrillers the plot is, at heart, wildly melodramatic and hugely overblown, and there are probably far too many mentally-disturbed people than we ought to find in one book - we don't so much need to suspend our disbelief as leave it firmly in the cupboard.
That said, this is gripping and hugely enjoyable - perfect for an early night or a wintry weekend on the sofa.
A family gathers at a remote house for Bonfire Night: Rowan, the recently widowed father, and his daughters Sophie and Tara, and his son Felix, and their partners and children. In their midst a stranger, Felix's new girlfriend. When she disappears with Sophie's baby, the family are launched into a a terrifying situation with its roots deep in the past.
The book then moves back several years to a new thread about an odd child named Darcy, and his obssessive mother. This sets the scene for what comes to follow, and the book becomes even more gripping from this point, particularly from the time of a shocking revelation about halfway through.
The story is told from the points of view of various characters and this works really well. It is a tense and menacing read, the plot is probably fairly unlikely but then it's fiction so who cares?
I'd read Erin Kelly's first book which I enjoyed but this is much better, a really good read which keeps you desperate to turn the pages, and I look forward to her next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came to this by way of a reading group. I read it in 4 days, which is a record for me, and measure of its readability!Published 11 months ago by Kenneth M Summers
Loved it all the way through kept me gripped and the ending was unexpected, well worth a readPublished 15 months ago by Debbie Stavert
A really good read. Didn't want it to end. Highly recommendPublished 16 months ago by lorraine landon