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The Burning Air by Erin Kelly

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A heart-stopping tale of twisted obsession from the author who gives us “everything we love in a thriller” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege: good looks (more or less), a beautiful home, tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia.

But when Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since Lydia’s passing at the family’s weekend home—a restored barn in the English countryside—years of secrets surface, and they discover a stranger in their midst. A stranger who is convinced that Lydia was a murderer. A stranger who has been exacting vengeance upon the family for years without their ever knowing. And one who will threaten the youngest MacBride, baby Edie, and the clan’s memory of Lydia, shattering their world forever.
The Burning Air is Erin Kelly’s most chilling novel yet— a novel that fans of Sophie Hannah and Kate Atkinson will find spellbinding.

My Review

This was a dark psychological tale of obsession.
You put amidst a envious and bitter person who won’t let go of a past in which that they feel could have made their future so much better and as a reader you might find that not to be the case.
The story switched between narratives of various important characters in this story.
After the crime occurs in the beginning of the story you are then taken back in the unraveling of the whys of it and how insidiously the plot was planned.
You feel eerily quite involved in this hunting down and destroying of souls but as the plan unfolds there are various possible outcomes and deadly consequences.
A gripping story that had me thoroughly immersed in its outcome.

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 30 January 2013