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Author: M.R. Hall
"A FAMILY TRAGEDY…"
M. R. Hall has published five other books that I have read. The Burning is my first novel. My experience reading the burning is the making that has influenced me to read more from the stunningly brilliant clever author M. R. Hall. The burning is a heart shattering family tragedy story. It is a dense bitterly cold night Christmas Eve in Wye Valley. Jenny Cooper the coroner is delivered chilling to bone news by Detective Inspector Gabriel Ryan Gloucestershire CID, that a house in Blackstone Ley has burned to the ground. Stepdad Ed Morgan and two girls, one aged fourteen, and the other girl aged eleven, The young boy named Robbie who is three was disposed of before setting light to the house. The mother Kelly survived the blaze as she was working behind a bar in Bristol. Ed Morgan left a note to Kelly before setting the house on fire. The note told Kelly Robbie is gone and you will never find him. Ed Morgan worked part-time for the forestry at the fairmeadows farm as a slaughterman then treacherously he slaughtered his own family.Jenny is taken to the blackened house and is over come by the unsettling scene of the scorched house. Standing in utter despair Jenny's heart was full of sorrowfulness for the children that was trapped inside the house. Jenny was genuinely beyond belief in how and what provoked Ed's murderous rampage. The police pronounce they are now looking into Ed's menace dark side and if he is connected to Susie Ashton who went missing ten years ago. In my view M. R. Hall is a genius for characters and for the language. The burning is so convincing that it carries you away. On a personally level I believe M. R. Hall is the very best at creating detectives, forensic and pathologists better than Patricia Cornwell. I hope that many reders will buy The Burning and enjoy reading it as much as I have.