Burnt Paper Sky

Burnt Paper Sky

Book - 2015
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On the day that Rachel Jenner's eight-year-old son Ben goes missing, the bottom falls out of her world. Desperate to find her boy, she's completely unprepared for how quickly her personal hell is thrust into the media spotlight. She let Ben out of her sight, and now he's gone-- so of course the nation thinks she is to blame. But what really happened that afternoon? Caught between the tragedy of losing her son, a frenetic police investigation and a public who have turned against her, Rachel must now face the awful truth-- that everything she knew about herself and the people around her is a lie. And there is nobody left, not even her family, who she can trust.
Publisher: London : Piatkus, 2015
ISBN: 9780062673343
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 17, 2018

Not sure why I sought out this novel, but I am now sure that it was not particularly worth reading. The plot is good, but the writing is overblown and self-indulgent. The entire 'after-action' psychotherapy element adds nothing but annoyance, and the drawn-out climax is, well, drawn-out. But the author does share one point of comparison with Jane Austen: she cannot write a convincing male character to save her life!

Nov 26, 2017

book club, June 30, 2018

Sep 04, 2017

Rachel allows her son, Ben, to run ahead of her while walking in the woods. That is the beginning of her nightmare. With her son missing and the media against her, she tries to do everything in her power to find Ben.
The author provides viewpoints from both Rachel and the lead investigator, Jim.
Nicely written debut.

Aug 02, 2017

Very good although I found the last few pages tedious.

Jun 18, 2017

Great read. I couldn't put it down. Best psychological thriller I've read in a long time.

Jun 07, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the style of this thriller! The differing perspectives really drew me in.

May 13, 2017

I really couldn't put it down. Best thriller I have read in awhile.

debwalker Apr 23, 2017

Compulsive read. Every parents worst nightmare told from the multiple perspectives of complex fascinating characters.

Apr 19, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. Suspenseful and I had a hard time putting it down.

Apr 05, 2017

Enjoyable book. Some loose ends that were tied up, but not satisfactorily - why was the father injured? Why was this part even included in the book? I am not sure why so much onus was put on DI Clemo's discussions with the therapist. Just a lot of loose ends, or unsatisfactory character development. But it did have a draw that kept you reading. Hopefully further books will hope the author get better at character development.

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