Book Review: Burnt Paper Sky – Gilly Macmillan


“Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing. But what really happened that fateful afternoon? 

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?  The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.”




If I thought ‘The girl on the train‘ by Paula Hawkins and ‘Gone Girl‘ by Gillian Flynn was good, well its safe to say Burnt Paper Sky was simply amazing!

This book was a thrilling read which I instantly couldn’t put down. Throughout the whole book, I was second guessing each character, waiting for them to slip up and reveal themselves and the kidnapper. This book kept me on my feet the whole way, and the twists and shifts to the plot made me flip the pages faster.

The main character Rachel was an interesting one. This character reminded me of the main character Nick in ‘Gone Girl‘ and in a way I felt as if they were written as the main suspect that you would see committing the crime. Rachel went through a load of different events and each, in turn, made me feel suspicious of her, it was quite obvious her mental state was not stable. Which in turn made you susceptible to believing the tiny detail that the other characters would pin against her.

I loved how MacMillan changed POV’s per chapter. I found this interesting as it kept me wanting to flip the pages. It gave us fresh, different perspectives, from the main character Rachel and the other characters. By doing this, it changed the pace of the book.

This story doesn’t just deal with the backlash of a missing child but also delves into the extent of public backlash on the mother after a disastrous press conference and the effects these kinds of cases would have on those who are involved. MacMillan has effectively and carefully built up the suspense of the situation, exposing secrets that left us challenging our perspectives and emotions.


Favourite Questions:

“I thought she’d cope fine. I didn’t have a crystal ball, boss”. “You’re not going to have any fucking balls if you carry on like this”

“I felt resentful towards my body, towards its demands for sleep, food, drink, for bodily function. I thought that life should stop until Ben was found.”

“Seize the day – Be brave – Be independent – Be thoughtful – Don’t be scared to make mistakes – Keep learning – All of those things, all the time”

“But here’s the thing: None of us deserves anything. That is an illusion we all exist under”



This book would have to be the best Psychological thriller I have read so far, it gave me chills and made me constantly suspicious of all the characters. This book by far sets the benchmark for its Genre.  I absolutely loved this book! and would suggest that anyone who is interested in the Genre to read it ASAP!!
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