Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan #1) by Jane Casey

The story is about a detective; Maeve Kerrigan is a hard working, very serious, very tough detective. Maeve is investigating the murders committed by a sociopath the media has dubbed "The Burning Man" [that's a give to how he kills his victims]; there have been 4 murders and now a 5th victim has appeared. Except, here's the kicker Maeve isn't so sure The Burning Man is guilty of the 5th; now she has to find The Burning Man as well as this mysterious new killer.

This book is the first in a series revolving around Maeve as the main character. The author did a great job with the development of the character and I can totally see Maeve carrying a series.

What I didn't like was there were way too many twists in the book; everything about the book makes it seem like The Burning Man is the main target, but by the end his capture isn't as dramatic as I think it should have been. I also didn't like that in the end they give you some news reports on people who were directly/indirectly involved with the hunt for The Burning Man and the new killer. One of the news reports talks about a girl we encounter at the beginning of the book. I did not like her 2 year sentence for the stabbing she committed in assumed self-defense [read the book, this will totally make sense]; that right there lost this book 1/2 a star.

Would I recommend this book, you bet. This book made me think of Maeve as like a Carmen San Diego [as in "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?"] type of detective.

Rating 3.5 out 5

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