The Burning Air by Erin Kelly took my breath away! This is a book full of twists and turns which took me completely by surprise! This thriller is about an adolescent boy who lives alone with his agoraphobic/anorexic mother in suburban England. The mother’s sole goal in life is to see her son admitted to a prestigious school. When her plans go awry, her son takes matters into his own hands.
I have one minor criticism of this gripping novel. I was a good way into the book before I realized the main character, Darcy, was a male. The author mentioned at one point in the story that the child and mother were able to wear each other’s clothes, so I assumed the child was a female. Was I surprised to discover that Darcy was a boy! I’ve never had this happen before and it threw me for a loop. After adjusting my perception of the main character, I could not put the book down until I finished it.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because I really think it will ruin the many surprises for my readers. Let it suffice to say, this is a really good thriller about family secrets, the lengths people will go to protect their loved ones, and twisted minds unable to perceive the difference between reality and fiction.