A Burning in The Darkness

A Burning in The Darkness

by A P McGrath

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A Burning in The Darkness by A P McGrath

A compelling crime drama and poignant love story about a devoted man who must confront the painful legacy of his war torn childhood when he is wrongfully accused of murder. Michael Kieh's struggle to prove his innocence leads him on a charged journey that pitches the pursuit of justice and the search for love against the instinct for revenge.

Michael is the chief suspect in a murder at one of the world's busiest airports where he is a full-time faith representative. A series of brief encounters with a soul mate has eased his loneliness and together they come close to uncovering a past major crime, but ultimately he chooses to protect a young witness who could prove his innocence. When he was a child, Michael witnessed appalling abuses of power, including the killing of a missionary priest who refused to betray young Michael. But there was a first love that he left behind in the brutal confusion of war. When she and Michael cross paths once more, they battle to prove his innocence in a foreign, hostile country. Can they solve the mystery before it it too late?

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BN ID: 2940158673450
Publisher: Matador Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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A Burning in The Darkness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JeffSkokie More than 1 year ago
I read this book over the course of a long weekend. It's a short thriller that packs a punch. The characters are well crafted and interesting with even the supporting cast worthy of recognition. As this is an independent novel, there are the expected grammatical and editing errors that slip through the cracks, but the pace and plot mask those instances, making them less cumbersome and more charm additives. "A Burning in the Darkness" by AP McGrath is a thriller set in London where the Catholic Priest in an English Airport's multi-faith chapel is given a confession that points to the murderer in a crime under investigation. Caught between his faith and sense of justice, Father Kieh decides to withhold the evidence in hopes of saving a young witness and protecting his oath. Now behind bars, Michael Kieh seeks the aid of his one true love, hoping to clear the path for his innocence. All the while there is more to Father Kieh's past than is previously thought. Witness to tragic events that happened during his childhood, Father Kieh's struggle is more complex than the reader could have imagined. Very exciting and deeply emotional suspense mystery that kept me glued to the page for its entirety. I'll be sure to check out more from the author! Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
BookwormNichole More than 1 year ago
A Burning in The Darkness is a tense and unique thriller that centers around a Catholic Priest, questioning his own faith, considering the possibilities of love and attempting to clear his name after he's imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. All the while, he's aware of a confession that sheds light on the murder, but his faith, or struggle with, prevents him from breaking his oath and divulging the information he knows, which would point to his innocence. Add in a jumping backstory that takes place in Liberia at the time of Father Michael Kieh's childhood, where he is witness to atrocities committed against his own family and the allure of romance when Michael's soulmate joins the fight and you're in for a wild ride. Thoroughly enjoyable to the end. Highly recommended to thriller fans. It's a short read but worth the journey. (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review).
EmNG More than 1 year ago
A Burning in the Darkness by A P McGrath centers around the life of Fr . Michael, a Liberian priest who has suffered the loss of his parents and siblings as a young child. Now in his 30's , he is a priest in a London airport. Clearly haunted by his childhood past, questioning and struggling with his vocation as a priest, and dealing with circumstances involving a woman's murder, Fr. Michael was an interesting and complex character to read about. The story goes back and forth from the past and present, which at first was challenging to follow. I also had some difficulty following along with some conversations, due to some broken English. I was quickly able to adjust to the pace of the book as I met more characters and their involvement in different situations. What struck me about the story is how Fr Michael was an influential force in so many lives. Serving his priestly duties in an airport and also offering words of wisdom and the sacrament of confession allowed the priest to become a positive force for change in some characters and expose evil in other characters. I felt the ending came too quickly. I would have liked to read a last chapter or an epilogue, giving some glimpse into Fr. Michael’s life, 2 years later. (I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)
TrudyTrooth More than 1 year ago
"A Burning in the Darkness" by A.P. McGrath is a suspense novel that follows the Father Michael Kieh, a middle-aged Catholic priest working in a multi-faith chapel in an England Airport. The book splits between the present and Michael's past in Liberia. The split timeline and location was easy to follow and added a bit of depth to the book. In the beginning Michael's faith is prominent and the reader is presented with the portrait of a good man, helping those around him. As the book moves forward and you begin to get a look at his past, a much more complex character is revealed. This was my favorite part, the slow build of who Father Kieh truly is. A series of encounters with what we are led to believe is Michael's soulmate adds even more tension to the story. Add in a murder that Father Kieh is privy to thanks to a confession he's sworn to protect, the plot thickens further. I was delighted with this book that brought in elements of faith, honesty, morality and love without feeling heavy handed at all. Highly recommended. I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MarkAndersHTE More than 1 year ago
In "A Burning in the Darkness", the main character is a catholic priest with a tragic and mysterious past. Now Father Kieh is operating out of a London airport, struggling with his own faith. When a confession that uncovers a murder is given to Father Kieh, his struggle between ethics and morality and his oath bring his struggled past to the surface. Ultimately, through his refusal to break his oath, Father Kieh ends up behind bars and must now find a way to prove his innocence. Although the story was interesting and original, I was put off by the pace and broken English found throughout. All in all a good read for a weekend by the fire. I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
AngieMichaelsGO More than 1 year ago
I was incredibly surprised by how much I liked this book. I'm normally not one who gets interested in books of a religious nature, but this one allowed for a lot of leeway in that aspect. The main character, Father Kieh, is a catholic priest operating out of an airport of all things. When he hears a confession that points to a murderer and subsquently becomes involved in the investigation, things get interesting. Torn between his faith and morality, he ends up in prison, refusing to give the investigators the information that would prove his innocence. Father Kieh's tragic childhood, witnessing his uncle kill his family, along with his own questioning of his faith keep the story compelling and exciting throughout. I'll definitely be checking out more work from this author in the future.
JesseToen More than 1 year ago
Father Michael Kieh is a Catholic priest practicing in a London airport, listening to passenger's confessions as they make their wayward travels. Father Michael Kieh comes from a sad and depressing past, having watched his own uncle murder his entire family at a young age. Now, he finds solace in his role as a priest. This too however has taken a dark twist as Father Kieh now finds himself the main suspect in a murder. His constant struggle with his own faith, his past and the fact that he actually knows who the real killer is, thanks to a confession he feels obligated to keep secret, Father Kieh ends up in prison. Author AP McGrath has created a spinetingling murder mystery with a very human and interesting lead that kept me interested from the first page to the last. I'll be sure to check out more from this author!
Jewelsey More than 1 year ago
When Michael Kieh was a child, he suffered the loss of his family at the hands of his uncle. Alone and abandoned he was taken in by a Catholic organization for children where he is raised and goes on to become a priest. Later, at 33 years of age, Father Michael listens to passing passenger’s confessions in an airport in London, offering consolation and forgiveness to those who seek it. But things aren’t so simple for Father Michael, as he is the main suspect in a murder. While trying to prove his innocence with the help of a past soul mate at his side, he chooses to protect a young witness to the crime, who could very easily prove his innocence. Together he and his soul mate, work in a hostile foreign country to fight and prove that Father Michael is completely innocent. A Burning in the Darkness is an action packed compelling thriller. There is a lot going on in this tightly woven storyline. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book. It is well written and engaging. It is one of the best books in the thriller genre that I have read in a long while. The character, Father Michael is a sympathetic, interesting and likable character that everyone loves. He is charismatic and appealing to many. A P McGrath has done a wonderful job in the character development in this exciting novel. There are some likable characters and some detestable ones, but they are fully developed and with many facets. But the main character Father Michael is especially well developed as he evolves from his days in Libya. A P McGrath gave real life to the personalities and complexities of his characters. The storyline flows at a steady pace with lots of action and intrigue. It goes back and forth from the past to the present and from London to Libya. It was easy to follow along because it is written so well. I had no struggles in keeping up. There are a lot of loose ends that are all tied up neatly and satisfyingly in the end. A Burning in The Darkness by A P McGrath is a 5 star must read thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.
SharonPeterzon More than 1 year ago
"A Burning in the Darkness" is an interesting thriller centered around a Catholic priest holding service in a multi-faith church inside an English Airport. Father Michael Kieh has an interesting and guarded past, full of pain and suffering. As a child in Liberia, he witnessed the brutal murder of his entire family at the hands of his uncle. He carries this pain through his life and allows it to shape him into the man he is. The backstory and Father Kieh's past drive "A Burning in the Darkness" forward a good pace. Melding the past and present into one cohesive story is a focal point for the book that the author does a great job completing. A serial killer is on the loose and by chance, it ties into Father Kieh's past. His struggle with his commitment to his faith, his sorted past and the knowledge of who the actual killer is thanks to his confession land Father Kieh in prison. Don't let the subject matter deter you if you're usually turned off by religious content. The character development was excellent. I loved (or hated) each of the characters to their core. Author A P McGrath does an excellent job of creating a cast that the reader becomes invested in. The plot was fast paced but not rushed. I enjoyed the suspense and was moved along from page to page without the desire to put it down. There are no major twists which was refreshing. The mix of past and present coming together creates a web I enjoyed working through and by the end I was satisfied and full of hope. Highly recommended thriller, regardless of your faith.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Father Michael Kieh grew up around violence. As a boy, he witnessed his entire family as they were murdered by his uncle. He escaped and landed at The Sisters of Christ King compound where he met Leonie Urey. Even though they fell in love, Michael felt a higher calling and left to become a priest. Years later while taking confession from an accused serial killer, Father Michael gets some shocking news about his past. When knowledge of the confession is made public, Father Michael becomes a pawn in the political arena. Unable to break the seal of confession, he must find a way to make the accused give a public confession. Father Michael may have sinned along with everyone else, but he was an upstanding man, doing the best he could considering his circumstances. I know I would have liked him in real life. I got confused a couple of times, remembering that I was reading the past and not the present. That’s why I am not a fan of going back and forth with a story, as this one did. The book ended on a good note so I did get satisfaction in justice rendered. I would definitely recommend this read.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed “A Burning in the Darkness” by author AP McGrath, even though this isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I liked the sample and the style of Mr. McGrath’s writing…. This felt more like a unique character drama with heavy thriller and crime elements to me than anything, so I gave it a shot. I was really impressed! I really liked the inventive world he created here and thought that he did such a wonderful job with the descriptions of the storytelling of the events and with the cultural details----even the African dialect, which while confusing at times all felt very genuine, like he’d done his research on many elements of not just the spiritual aspect of Father Michael’s predicament, but the cultural and psychological and legal ramifications as well. We see the story unfold through Michael’s perspective although it’s written with a 3rd person narrative. I thought the main characters were very well done, but some of the supporting cast felt a bit thin, and at times I was a little thrown off by the timing of events as the story changes over the years. But the writing is very good, almost literary and with great flow, and there was great action from start to finish. I was so shocked at some things that happened (no spoliers). I liked how easy it is to read and this is such an unusual book I can’t even compare it to anything else. Some violence, as to be expected in a book like this, but nothing horrific, and I liked that it also had a sweet romantic aspect as well. Made it feel more real, and the characters more relatable. Recommend for adult fans of drama/suspense/ thrillers.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
A burning in the Darkness is a crime thriller, a love story about Father Michael Kieh. His job is to listen to people’s confessions as a full-time faith representative. One day, as he is conducting his work he listens to the confessions of a murderer. When a murder happens at the airport, he recognizes one of the victims and that is when he finds himself in a twisted tale of wrongful conviction. There is a young witness that can prove Kieh’s innocence and there are painful memories of the past that resurface, creating some epic tale of events which follow through. The murder mystery also carries a hint of romance which was pleasantly added to the plot. Kieh has to face the past, his actions and try to overcome everything that gets thrown in his path in order to create a better future. The story is very intriguing and entails some heartfelt memories from childhood for the lead character. Michael is very easy to bond with and his predicament creates a situation where you can easily relate to his suffering. The literature was in good shape however, there were some problems with editing, and sentence structure noticed within the content. The story had a nice flow and pace to it which added more suspense to the reader. Many books claim to be a crime thriller however, they only succeed in fulfilling the crime part of the story. There is normally no thrilling aspect to it. This book is not one of them. The story is truly a thriller to read and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys this aspect, in a book.