• The Burning by Jane Casey

    A serial killer who wants to watch you burn…

    The media call him The Burning Man, a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death, before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now the fifth victim has been found…

    Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice.

    But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?
    The story opens with a young niave girl, on a night out who accepts a lift home by a total stranger. When she realises this helpful stranger isn't going the correct way home, she panics and ends up attacking him before running away. She claims this stranger was London's current serial killer and Maeve and her comrades descend on the Hospital. When they realise that this was nothing more than a mistake, the team are about to leave, when they get a call, informing them of an actual 5th victim! The hunt is on.................

    This book forms from many of the central character's perspectives but Maeve's perspective seems to be one of the main POV's, a young and ambitious Irish woman in a relationship that seems to be dwindling due to her never ending work commitments. I would have liked to have read more about Rob & the story from his eyes and wonder if the author will be persuing a sequal to this story? But I did like reading Louise's part, she is the best friend of Rebecca, who fell victim to the Burning Man. Maeve digs deep into Rebecca's life to try and discover the link between her as a victim and the Burning Man. She digs as far back as Rebecca's Uni days, tied in with Louise's narration, it made an interesting read, along with her doubts.

    I did particulary like the aspect of Rebecca and Louise's life entwined and being pryed at by Maeve. Things looked comfortable and sucsessful on the outside but once the surface is scratched, it's revealed Louise has a slight jealousy streak over her best friend..............

    Maeve finds herself in a world of Chauvinistic men, seems typical but brings humor to the role. She seems reluctant to air her views that the 5th victim may not be from the same MO as The Burning Man. She comes across as a very likeable character and I personal found her an interesting read, compared to other characters mentioned.

    Jane Casey wrote this book very well, it's not a standard 'who dunnit police crime' but digs into the psychological aspect with thought and her words flow with grace. I did find it pretty easy to work out 'who dunnit', half way through the book and I felt the story was a little drawn out but I wouldn't let that put you off a good read. With a dangerous suspense of an opening, just goes to show how vunerable a woman can be, after a few drinks!

    I'd give 'The Burning' a 4 out of 5

    Josephine