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The Burning Air


‘Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgement. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late.’

The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. 

The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on – but when they leave her looking after Sophie’s baby daughter, they return to find both Kerry and the baby gone…

‘Kelly’s most accomplished book to date is a gripping tale of secrets, revenge and obsession, masterfully done’

The Guardian

‘An author in total command of the tensions within dysfunctional families. Gripping all the way’

The Times

‘Her creepiest and classiest yet… witty and unnerving’


‘Everything you want from a psychological thriller – elegant writing, clever plotting, shocking twists and a looming sense of menace’

Good Housekeeping

‘Erin Kelly is a seriously good writer, and this gripping novel is her best yet. I really loved it – couldn’t put it down!’

Sophie Hannah

‘Suspenseful and clever, this book is her best so far’

Literary Review

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