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Still mourning the loss of Lydia, their matriarch, the MacBride Family gathers at their country home for some peace and quiet. The arrival of a stranger in the isolated locale is a surprise. Disconcerted by the presence of an outsider, the MacBrides nevertheless try to make her feel welcome. Unbeknownst to the family, Darcy Kellaway has a history with the MacBrides. And not a pretty one. When Sophie MacBride Woods' 8-month-old baby disappears while under Darcy's care, they realize a fatal error has been made. What happened to the child? And who is Darcy, really?
The Burning Air by Erin Kelly is a complex, well-plotted psychological thriller that asks just how far a person might go to exact revenge on the people who have hurt him/her. It's a chilling question to contemplate—especially if you're part of the MacBride clan. The novel explores the idea using complex, interesting characters and a tense, suspenseful story line. Although the last section seems tacked on, the rest of the tale is fairly taut, making The Burning Air an engrossing page turner. It's a compelling read, one I didn't love but ended up liking well enough.
If this were a movie, it would be rated:
for language, violence, and disturbing subject matter
To the FTC, with love: Another library