The Burning Air [NOOK Book]

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“Erin Kelly is a seriously good writer, and this gripping novel is her best yet.” —Sophie Hannah, author of Kind of Cruel

A stand-out author of deeply atmospheric psychological thrillers, Erin Kelly is on her way to joining the bestselling ranks of Kate Atkinson and Barbara Vine. Until now, the MacBride family has led a cozy life of upper-class privilege: good looks; tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where their father, ...
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The Burning Air

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Overview

“Erin Kelly is a seriously good writer, and this gripping novel is her best yet.” —Sophie Hannah, author of Kind of Cruel

A stand-out author of deeply atmospheric psychological thrillers, Erin Kelly is on her way to joining the bestselling ranks of Kate Atkinson and Barbara Vine. Until now, the MacBride family has led a cozy life of upper-class privilege: good looks; tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where their father, Rowan, is headmaster; an altruistic righteousness inherited from their mother, magistrate Lydia. But when the MacBrides gather for the first time since Lydia’s passing at their restored barn in the secluded countryside, the family discovers a stranger in their midst: a stranger who is convinced that Lydia was a murderer—and who has been plotting a spectacular revenge that may shatter their world forever.
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What People Are Saying

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Praise for THE POISON TREE:

“A terrific suspense debut, reminiscent of another British woman’s auspicious bow: Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca. The shadows gather until the ending looms like a threatening figure. This one gets the writer’s ultimate bit of praise: I wish I had written it.”
Stephen King

“A compelling creeper . . . More please, Ms. Kelly! Quickly!”
The Washington Post

“There is a brooding sense of impending doom and imminent danger. . . . [T]he explosive ending, its revelations about the threesome and the lengths to which people will go to preserve or take what's theirs, makes THE POISON TREE a rich and satisfying pleasure.”
USA Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101606384
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 65,614
  • File size: 801 KB

Meet the Author

Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly is a freelance journalist and the acclaimed author of The Poison Tree and The Dark Rose. She lives with her family in North London.
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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    I was drawn into this story from the very beginning. The Burnin

    I was drawn into this story from the very beginning. The Burning Air was a family tale told from several different points of views. It starts out from Lydia’s point of view and her writing to herself in a secret diary about an event that she did and how it if possible caused her own sickness by keeping this secret to herself and how her family wouldn’t think of her the way she would want to be remembered if they were to find out. Then the story switches to Sophie, Darcy, Rowan and Kerry point of views. I love books like this because I always wonder what that person would have thought. The author did an excellent job of giving each person their own voice without seeming like you were reading the same thing over but giving you more. They each had their story within the story which gave them a more real feeling as a person. A very good Suspense/Thriller novel.


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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    Taut Suspense

    A prominent and closely knit family must face the consequences of past secrets, learn to deal with the events that unfold in the present.

    The story opens as the terminally ill matriarch of the MacBride family unloads her guilt for actions she took in her past in her daily journal, never intending for anyone to ever see it, unaware that those actions have been the basis for a long-planned, twisted revenge against her family.

    The events that unfold after her death may tear her family apart, damaging the innocent the most. Will they do what they usually do and twist events to their own version of reality?

    This darkly written English suspense novel is an emotional tale written with overlapping timelines, different POVs, stripping the facade of the 'perfect family' to the bone. Each character has their own demons to deal with, their own glaring flaws they attempt to hide. One twisted individual is plotting against the family, obsessed with bringing them to their knees. Their plans for revenge have fermented and grown over the years and finally come to an explosive fruition, but not necessarily a positive final outcome.

    If you enjoy a good suspense novel that is gritty and so convoluted that you cannot even imagine the conclusion, I strongly recommend this book!

    This edition was provided by NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Viking in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    This novel was recommended at my library. I really enjoyed the

    This novel was recommended at my library. I really enjoyed the read - it captured my attention from the very first page. A lot of twist and turns which kept me intrigued. It also had a message about "secrets" and what they can do to relationships and families. All in all it was a good read.

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