Sunday 20 August 2017

Review: The Burning by Jane Casey

Ebury Press, €8.99, Paperback

Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is the only female police officer on the crack team charged with hunting down a vicious serial killer the media have dubbed 'The Burning Man'.

So far he has savagely beaten four young women to death before dousing their bodies in petrol and setting them alight in parks in London.

English-born of Irish parents, Maeve is ambitious to make her mark within the chauvinistic murder squad, so when her sympathetic colleague DC Rob Langton calls her to tell her that a potential victim appears to have survived an attack by the killer she is on the case immediately.

The murder task force are sure they have the murderer, but when a fifth burned body is discovered later that day it's clear the real killer is still at large. Or is he? Maeve is not at all sure that this newest killing is the work of The Burning Man, and the more she learns about the unfortunate Rebecca Harworth, the more sure she is that she was not a random victim and there is a copy-cat killer at large.

Jane Casey was born and brought up in Dublin and her debut crime novel, The Missing, was published earlier this year to rapturous reviews. The Burning, is an excellent follow up, with a psychologically interesting plot and complex, well-drawn characters.

Irish Independent

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