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All By Myself, Alone

All By Myself, Alone
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Monday, April 22, 2013

THE BURNING AIR


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Burning Air is a Viking Adult publication with a Feb. 2013 release date. Often I have found that novels promoted as psychological thrillers really don't fall into that genre. Many times they are just mysteries or thrillers with a darker edge to them, but in the case of The Burning Air by Erin Kelly, the description of psychological thriller is dead on. Rowan and Lydia have an idealic life. They have a good marriage, three healthy children, great careers, a nice house. But, when Rowan, a head master at a prestigious school is targeted by an obsessed mother and son over the rejection of a scholorship, the family finds their lives being scripted for them by a clever villian bent on revenge. Writing a review for this book is like walking through a land mine. I don't want to give away anything, so let's just say that this book has many twist and turns. Lydia is dying of cancer. We learn that she has kept journals for her entire married life and that mixed into the mundane everyday musings are some terribly dark secrets. When Lydia passes away, the family gathers for a traditional bonfire with their father. Over this weekend, the long buried secrets that tormented Lydia threaten to come to light. Circumstances will bring this family together and bond them forever as they face an enemy and deal with life and death situations they never saw coming. For me, psychological suspense by definition is dark, twisty, and taut. Believe me, this book is all of those things. But, it is also the story of the strength of family. In the end we are left with the feeling that all those who remain will now be completely free from the past and will move forward with the help and love of one another. The book was well written, well plotted and utterly absorbing. Highly recommend! Thanks to Netgalley and Viking publishing for the ARC

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