Opening line: “The doorbell rang.”
Eleven years ago, at a Christmas party, Nathan meets a young woman, Elise Fox, when he was at the brink of breaking with his girlfriend at that time. Elise and Nathan together with an old acquaintance of Nathan, Bob Marrow, leave the party. But things turn terribly wild and Elise dies. Neither Nathan nor Bob can think straight due to the amount of alcohol and drugs that they have consumed. Finally they decide to bury Elise’s corpse, promising never to see each other again. Elise was reported missing, her body was not found and nobody was charged. But now Bob is back with some terrifying news that threatens to destroy everything Nathan has built since then.
Burial is a compulsive psychological thriller, very well written and with a tense and creepy argument. Enjoyable is not the right word to be applied to this book, maybe disturbing is much more adequate but I’ve certainly like it and I’m glad I’ve read it.
Neil Cross was born in Bristol in 1969. He lived in Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds and London before settling down. He is the author of several novels including Always the Sun, Burial and Captured as well as the bestselling memoir Heartland. He was lead scriptwriter for the acclaimed series 6 and series 7 of the BBC spy drama series Spooks and is the creator of the forthcoming BBC crime thriller Luther, which is scheduled to appear on BBC1 in 2010, starring Idris Elba. Following the British publication of Captured in January 2010, he is working on his next novel and continues to write for the screen. He lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons.
Burial has been short-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Award, New Zealand’s first ever crime novel award. The winner was scheduled to be announced this coming Friday during the 2010 The Press Christchurch Writer’s Festival. Unfortunately the Festival has been officially cancelled following the earthquake and the aftershocks that have devastated Christchurch since last Saturday. For more details see Craig Sisterson’s blog Crime Watch. My sympathies goes to residents and to everyone involved in this event.