‘Casey is a true craftswoman, a writer who beguiles one through the most twisted of plots with a confident and seductive hand.’ Alex Marwood, bestselling author of Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door
‘Jane Casey is one of the brightest stars in the modern crime firmament’ John Connolly
'I love Maeve Kerrigan – what a terrific series Jane Casey has created’ Sarah Hilary, bestselling of author Someone Else’s Skin
‘Maeve is such a hugely warm character with just the right mix of vulnerable and feisty. Will definitely be looking out more in the series’ Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad
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?
Irish author Casey's impressive series debut, a taut serial killer thriller, delves deeply into the psyches of three women, each dealing with identity and self-esteem issues. Det. Constable Maeve Kerrigan is keen to prove her sleuthing skills to her male colleagues and bosses. In particular, she's anxious to join the task force investigating "the Burning Man," who has beaten four women to death, then set their bodies on fire in London parks. Maeve's investigation leads to Louise North, the best friend of Rebecca Haworth, the fifth victim. Casey expertly combines a perceptive crime drama with an insightful look at the women's overlapping problems. Maeve grapples at work with sexual harassment and prejudice against her Irish background, while the relationship with her banker boyfriend unravels at home. Frumpy Louise struggles with loneliness and an obsession with Rebecca, whose life was fraying before she was murdered. The strong, likable Maeve gives a power boost to a solid look at British police tactics.
Good, but a teeny bit formula-exploitative
I read the previous (standalone) "the Missing", and wasn't completely convinced, but since "the Burning" commences a series with a new protagonist I thought I'd give it a go.
This is better-done than the first novel, and Maeve is believable, with a distinctive voice. Rob, not so sure - his voiced chapter did not really round out his persona with any visceral solidity, and his persona seemed somehow insipid. Unfortunately, the character I found most empathetic was the arch-villain. Reminds me a bit of Sallust's Catiline: one feels the author has fallen a little in love with their baddie.
The plot works well, without delivering any truly massive cliff-hangers, but it's definitely a page-turner (quite like Minette Walters in many ways). I'm still making up my mind, however, about whether to follow Maeve further; perhaps she needs another novel to become fully fleshed out?
Fabulous story that keeps you on edge & turning pages. Intriguing plot, thoroughly addictive. I want to read every book with Maeve and follow the murder squad investigations. Gripping!