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The Burning Air

By Erin Kelly

The Burning Air
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2013,
    336 pages.

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The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege: good looks (more or less), a beautiful home, tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia.

But when Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since Lydia's passing at the family's weekend home - a restored barn in the English countryside - years of secrets surface, and they discover a stranger in their midst. A stranger who is convinced that Lydia was a murderer. A stranger who has been exacting vengeance upon the family for years without their ever knowing. And one who will threaten the youngest MacBride, baby Edie, and the clan's memory of Lydia, shattering their world forever.

The Burning Air is Erin Kelly's most chilling novel yet­ - a novel that fans of Sophie Hannah and Kate Atkinson will find spellbinding.

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"[S]killfully drawn characters and masterful building of suspense, which reaches a literally searing climax, will leave most readers well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. A book that will consume the reader as fully as the bonfire set by the novel's characters." - Kirkus

"A heart-stopping tale of twisted obsession from the author who gives us everything we love in a thriller." ­­- O, The Oprah Magazine

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Erin Kelly Author Biography

Erin Kelly is the author of three psychological thrillers, The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, and The Burning Air.

She was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998, writing for newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and The Mirror, and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire and Elle. She writes about health, lifestyle, women's issues and parenting, and is a columnist at Mother and Baby magazine. I live in north London with my husband and daughter.

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