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IRIS It’s terrifying how quickly everything can be taken away from you. Iris learns this agonizing lesson in the blink of an eye. Her future dreams. Her past life. Everything gone in a storm of pain.But this pain is only the beginning. AUDREY Audrey had the perfect life. Great husband, beautiful daughter, lots of money. Except her husband isn’t the man she thought he was. Her IRIS It’s terrifying how quickly everything can be taken away from you. Iris learns this agonizing lesson in the blink of an eye. Her future dreams. Her past life. Everything gone in a storm of pain.But this pain is only the beginning. AUDREY Audrey had the perfect life. Great husband, beautiful daughter, lots of money. Except her husband isn’t the man she thought he was. Her dead husband’s burner phone was bad. The Polaroids were worse. But the secrets she uncovers next set her entire world on fire. BURNER Two women’s lives intersect because of one man’s actions. The transformation is pristine,and beautiful, and filled with pain. Sometimes the scars are on the inside.


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IRIS It’s terrifying how quickly everything can be taken away from you. Iris learns this agonizing lesson in the blink of an eye. Her future dreams. Her past life. Everything gone in a storm of pain.But this pain is only the beginning. AUDREY Audrey had the perfect life. Great husband, beautiful daughter, lots of money. Except her husband isn’t the man she thought he was. Her IRIS It’s terrifying how quickly everything can be taken away from you. Iris learns this agonizing lesson in the blink of an eye. Her future dreams. Her past life. Everything gone in a storm of pain.But this pain is only the beginning. AUDREY Audrey had the perfect life. Great husband, beautiful daughter, lots of money. Except her husband isn’t the man she thought he was. Her dead husband’s burner phone was bad. The Polaroids were worse. But the secrets she uncovers next set her entire world on fire. BURNER Two women’s lives intersect because of one man’s actions. The transformation is pristine,and beautiful, and filled with pain. Sometimes the scars are on the inside.

30 review for Burner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    A Good Marriage meets Taken Horror exists to terrify us. Sometimes that can be cathartic. Reading about the fictional exploits of a supernatural slasher, or hideous monsters straight out of a nightmare can be a fun way to experience fear within our comfort zone. Robert Ford doesn’t write within comfort zones. With his latest novel, ‘Burner’, he has instead chosen to hold up a mirror to horrors that are uncomfortably close to home. The lives of two ordinary women, content and happy with their lives A Good Marriage meets Taken Horror exists to terrify us. Sometimes that can be cathartic. Reading about the fictional exploits of a supernatural slasher, or hideous monsters straight out of a nightmare can be a fun way to experience fear within our comfort zone. Robert Ford doesn’t write within comfort zones. With his latest novel, ‘Burner’, he has instead chosen to hold up a mirror to horrors that are uncomfortably close to home. The lives of two ordinary women, content and happy with their lives, intersect with an act of brutality. Audrey is happily married, with a loving husband and a grown-up daughter. Iris is a student studying to be a doctor. She wants to travel the world and hopes that her boyfriend will accompany her on her journey after she finishes her final year. The lives of these two women will be irrevocably changed when one unthinkable act brings the two together, linked by a man whose terrible secrets are beyond anything either of them could ever have imagined. Burner is told from the perspective of two women, each chapter switching between the two, and split between the ‘then’ and ‘now’ of the story. We learn early on that something awful has happened, as both characters are interviewed about the events that have already taken place, and it is through their reflections of these events that the curtain is slowly pulled back. Once it has, you’ll wish it had stayed firmly shut. It is an intense reading experience and not one intended to be ‘enjoyed’ in the traditional sense. It keeps you guessing at what the traumatic events were that both characters are relaying and, when the truth is gradually revealed, Ford manages to increase the horrors way past the stage where you thought things could get no worse. I found myself constantly torn between wanting to put the book down and being consumed with a need to read on and finish the story. Ford is delivering on another level with ‘Burner’. He is so adept at making us care for his characters that it will leave you absolutely broken when you are presented with the awful things those same characters are capable of under the most extreme of circumstances. His prose is straightforward and impassive, unflinching in its detail and unforgiving, refusing to shy away for even a second. I vividly recalled my experience reading Jack Ketchum’s masterwork, ‘The Girl Next Door’ after I put down ‘Burner’. Much like Ketchum’s book, Robert Ford’s latest ends with an afterword detailing the all too real horrors that the book is based on. It makes what came before it all the more harrowing to read that the fictional tale you just read is, if anything, a toned-down version of real-life atrocities. Burner is an absolutely merciless book. It is a difficult, but rewarding read and one that will stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. Robert Ford is a criminally underread author and I can’t help but feel that ‘Burner’ is the book that will soon rectify that. You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at https://www.myindiemuse.com/category/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    When I saw that Bob Ford put out something new, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I started reading Burner shortly after it arrived at my door and could not get enough of it. I will do everything I can in this review to avoid spoiling it, but if you chose to pick this up (you should) you are in for one hell of a ride. Nothing is more terrifying than reality. The reality Ford brings to everyone's attention in Burner is the ugly, dangerous world we try to imagine does not exist in middle-class Am When I saw that Bob Ford put out something new, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I started reading Burner shortly after it arrived at my door and could not get enough of it. I will do everything I can in this review to avoid spoiling it, but if you chose to pick this up (you should) you are in for one hell of a ride. Nothing is more terrifying than reality. The reality Ford brings to everyone's attention in Burner is the ugly, dangerous world we try to imagine does not exist in middle-class America. To what extent will people go to hide this horrible under-belly? How far will those trapped in such a hell go to survive it? In short, past/present chapters, Ford writes two sides of the same coin. The brief chapters make the content slightly more manageable for a fragile human psyche, but this book is an artfully constructed car crash from which I had the hardest time looking away. Turning page after page, I found myself cringing, nauseated, horrified, and incredibly invested. I really loved that this has two strong female characters. While Burner also shows the sh*t women are put through at the expense of men, it proves female resilience. Everyone wants to protect themselves, but none so much as a woman scorned.  I want to say I was rooting for both because I wanted everything to work out. Ford reminds us that no matter how bad you may want things to work out, the world has other plans. Like putting your face directly on a grinder, Burner hurts, is ugly, and peels away all your protective layers. If you can't handle the truth, don't read this. If you think you can handle it, think again. Thank you, Bob, for providing stats and resources at the end of your novel. These are important things to know and to spread. Stay safe everyone!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Grim and scary Like being in a train wreck, Burner just keeps pummeling you page after page. Such horror told in such a calm conversational style, added to the terror and shock. Robert Ford is definitely one of a kind. Chilling... I loved it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josh reading

    When I hear a Robert Ford novel, novella, or short story is being released, I definitely put it on my TBR list ASAP. Burner may be Ford’s most uncompromising and brutal story that I have yet come across by the author. There are beautiful hopes and futures that should be realized but instead are cruelly unrealized and destroyed. The book goes back and forth between two points of views, newly graduated from medical school Iris, and Audrey, the wife of a successful husband. Tragically, these women’ When I hear a Robert Ford novel, novella, or short story is being released, I definitely put it on my TBR list ASAP. Burner may be Ford’s most uncompromising and brutal story that I have yet come across by the author. There are beautiful hopes and futures that should be realized but instead are cruelly unrealized and destroyed. The book goes back and forth between two points of views, newly graduated from medical school Iris, and Audrey, the wife of a successful husband. Tragically, these women’s lives intersect in the most violent of ways. Without giving to much a way, the story centers around the very real horror associated with human trafficking and Ford does not hold back in the description of how terrifying such an experience can be. Even with such difficult subject matter, the author just pulls you in with this story, I could not stop reading and ended up finishing it within a day. One of the most intriguing elements that gives this book that relentless appeal is not just the switching of POVs but also the element of getting Iris and Audrey’s perspectives before a central tragic scenario and also afterwards. I truly did not see that end coming, but ultimately it made complete sense to me. Highly recommended!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Life in books Ric

    ⓇⒺⓋⒾⒺⓌ Burner - Robert Ford My first book of 2021, finished, and what a way to kick-off the new year! 𝔹𝕖𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕘𝕣𝕒𝕓 𝕙𝕠𝕝𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕝𝕖 𝕥𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕦𝕣𝕖... 𝕄𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕤𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝕕𝕪𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕗𝕠𝕣. Burner is a dark, brutal story where the two protagonists have their worlds upended, shaken then shitted-on! It is a reminder that the scariest creation on this world are humans and the atrocities they are capable of and to never take your happy, safe, comfortable life for granted because it can be taken away at any moment ⓇⒺⓋⒾⒺⓌ Burner - Robert Ford My first book of 2021, finished, and what a way to kick-off the new year! 𝔹𝕖𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕘𝕣𝕒𝕓 𝕙𝕠𝕝𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕝𝕖 𝕥𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕦𝕣𝕖... 𝕄𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕤𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝕕𝕪𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕗𝕠𝕣. Burner is a dark, brutal story where the two protagonists have their worlds upended, shaken then shitted-on! It is a reminder that the scariest creation on this world are humans and the atrocities they are capable of and to never take your happy, safe, comfortable life for granted because it can be taken away at any moment in the cruelest way imaginable. Burner is further proof that Robert Ford is criminally underrated, he doesn’t write books, he’s not an author. He’s an artist. He paints pictures using the words he writes. It is another example of Mr Fords ability to pull you into the story - make you visualise everything on the page. Thank you Robert for the opportunity to read your latest book in exchange for an honest review. I can almost guarantee it will be on my top 10 books come the end of 2021. 5⭐️

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Fenlon

    Burner is one heavy hitter of a story that is not for the faint of heart. It's a reminder of how brutal, cruel and horrific people are in this world. You will be angry and upset reading this. You will be shocked. You will see how the human spirit fights and survives through the worst ordeals. You might even be close to putting the book down altogether. But there's a need to read this. A need to know. Nothing will prepare you for how terrifying the torture scenes are, though. Nothing. You literally Burner is one heavy hitter of a story that is not for the faint of heart. It's a reminder of how brutal, cruel and horrific people are in this world. You will be angry and upset reading this. You will be shocked. You will see how the human spirit fights and survives through the worst ordeals. You might even be close to putting the book down altogether. But there's a need to read this. A need to know. Nothing will prepare you for how terrifying the torture scenes are, though. Nothing. You literally feel every ounce of pain here. I was just glad for the short chapters that helped to make it somehow manageable. I won't say you'll have a good time reading this. I won't say rush out and buy it. The reason for that is because this book is not for everyone. Even hardened horror fans might struggle. It's the reality, you see. Think Ketchum's GIRL NEXT DOOR and you'll have an idea. What I will say is that this book will stay with you. This book will be talked about for years to come. I honestly believe that. So with that, I'll leave it up to you. All the stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MK-reads

    We all have a few authors we jump up and run to the bookstore to get their current release. Robert Ford is one of those authors for me. With his lastest book he even got me to read outside my comfort zone. BURNER is a very intense, dark story. A story that scared me. That doesn't happen very often. Now I always worry about giving away to much in a review. Nobody likes spoilers. I would suggest you find Robert Ford's YouTube and listen to him read the first chapter of BURNER. I can guarantee you We all have a few authors we jump up and run to the bookstore to get their current release. Robert Ford is one of those authors for me. With his lastest book he even got me to read outside my comfort zone. BURNER is a very intense, dark story. A story that scared me. That doesn't happen very often. Now I always worry about giving away to much in a review. Nobody likes spoilers. I would suggest you find Robert Ford's YouTube and listen to him read the first chapter of BURNER. I can guarantee you will be running out that door to get your very own copy of BURNER!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Lucia

    What is there to say about this? A raw, emotional thriller about the terrifying reality of human trafficking, written in prose that almost seems too elegant and poetic for such a brutal topic. But here it is, a terrible, gut-roiling story told with almost lyrical prose. It's almost become overused, but all of us - especially horror readers and writers - know of Akira Kurosawa's quote: “The role of the artist is to not look away.” With BURNER, Bob Ford doesn't allow you to look away, not even for What is there to say about this? A raw, emotional thriller about the terrifying reality of human trafficking, written in prose that almost seems too elegant and poetic for such a brutal topic. But here it is, a terrible, gut-roiling story told with almost lyrical prose. It's almost become overused, but all of us - especially horror readers and writers - know of Akira Kurosawa's quote: “The role of the artist is to not look away.” With BURNER, Bob Ford doesn't allow you to look away, not even for one second. He makes you look at that terrible thing, and feel that terrible thing, because he says in the novel's afterword: "The world is full of white vans." This is on par with Gary A. Braunbeck's PRODIGAL BLUES, and Jack Ketchum's work. Get this, now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Remfrey

    A friend said 'Read this!' and I said 'Okay!' I'm glad I listened! This is a tough subject. It's graphic. It's devastating. It's also done amazingly well. It's like putting together a puzzle of a deadly traffic accident that you may know someone in. You get piece after piece while you watch the horror unfold and wait with baited breath for each new piece. Don't try to read this one in snatches in between work. You'll want a couple solid hours to sit and devour it. To Mr. Ford: Thank you soooo much A friend said 'Read this!' and I said 'Okay!' I'm glad I listened! This is a tough subject. It's graphic. It's devastating. It's also done amazingly well. It's like putting together a puzzle of a deadly traffic accident that you may know someone in. You get piece after piece while you watch the horror unfold and wait with baited breath for each new piece. Don't try to read this one in snatches in between work. You'll want a couple solid hours to sit and devour it. To Mr. Ford: Thank you soooo much for putting your list of works at the end of the book instead of the beginning! You made shopping for my next book so easy that I didn't procrastinate :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    “She watched until the flames died down to nothing but a group of embers, a glowing collection of secrets gone forever, and future memories lost for good.” Some may say the scariest monsters are real. Our world is filled with atrocities, tragic endings, and real life villains. Ford reminds us how close all of those horrors really are to our lives. “She wore a costume of violence.” You can go your whole life and do everything right, only to have it all ripped away from you within minutes. To feel “She watched until the flames died down to nothing but a group of embers, a glowing collection of secrets gone forever, and future memories lost for good.” Some may say the scariest monsters are real. Our world is filled with atrocities, tragic endings, and real life villains. Ford reminds us how close all of those horrors really are to our lives. “She wore a costume of violence.” You can go your whole life and do everything right, only to have it all ripped away from you within minutes. To feel pain you only hear about from those less fortunate, never imagining it could be you or a loved one in the hell thought up by psychopaths. “The pain was pristine, almost elegant in its purity.” Burner takes us to the seedy underbelly and the back alleyways we all know are there, but don’t want to believe in. The unspoken deals and trading behind closed doors and blindfolds. “...the last pieces of the girl’s childhood floated away like rising embers from a burn barrel.” To say this book is terrifying is an understatement. Aside from the necessary trigger warning it comes with, Burner will leave a mark, a branding if you will. Something to take with you for years to come. “Sometimes the tears of happiness are mixed with a little blood.” I can’t say there is much happiness, if any, in this novel. It will tear you apart, leave you in pieces, and you may even have to put it down ever so often, but you’ll yearn to get back to it, like a train wreck you can’t look away from. It’s dark, brutal, and unforgiving, but it’s a story which needed to be read. “Laughter and yelling tried to break through to iris, to punch a hole in the heroin womb protecting her from the world happening beyond.” We may be stronger than we think we are when it comes to life and death. I just hope none of us ever have to find out what we would be willing to do to survive. Is it worth it in the end?

  11. 4 out of 5

    ginathebibliohoe

    Monster: noun: an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly or frightening⠀ //⠀ an inhumanly cruel or wicked person ⠀ ⠀ I do believe humans are the worst monsters! ⠀ You meet Iris & Audrey. Two different women with two different lives that were brought together because of one man. ⠀ ⠀ This book was brutal. ⠀ ⠀ It definitely tugged all my emotions as a wife, daughter, sister, friend and HUMAN. it explores the secret lives people have all around us that you might not discover unless they drop dead a Monster: noun: an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly or frightening⠀ //⠀ an inhumanly cruel or wicked person ⠀ ⠀ I do believe humans are the worst monsters! ⠀ You meet Iris & Audrey. Two different women with two different lives that were brought together because of one man. ⠀ ⠀ This book was brutal. ⠀ ⠀ It definitely tugged all my emotions as a wife, daughter, sister, friend and HUMAN. it explores the secret lives people have all around us that you might not discover unless they drop dead and you find their burner phone 👀⠀ ⠀ The narrative jumps back and forth between Iris & Audrey. Then and now. It included a topic that I wish was talked about more and not brushed under the rug: human trafficking. ⠀ Iris: struggling to adjust to abuse, being a prisoner and losing everything but her mental fortitude. ⠀ ⠀ Audrey: struggling to accept the reality that her husband was a monster. Would do anything to protect her daughter from the truth. Honestly, her character annoyed the snot outta me. If you read it, you might understand why I say that. ⠀ ⠀ I loved the short chapters, the different perspective of the two women and it was interesting that’s all you got for the whole book and it worked. I found myself connecting more to Iris and got so frustrated with Audrey at one point I had to put the book down 😒⠀ ⠀ I don’t want to say too much and spoil it, this is a book best going into blind, but if you do, get ready to feel something horrific. ⠀ ⠀ Get ready to question everything. Get ready to look over your shoulder walking to your car. Double take at plain white vans. Get ready to get burned. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Vinson

    Robert Ford is one of my favourite authors. He's a gifted storyteller and his voice resonates in all of his novels and short fiction. Burner is different. The writing is phenomenal, the language is stunning, and this new voice is loud and assured and riveting. The story is one of courage, and cowardice. The characters are very real — one is a warrior, the other is gutless. And the subject matter? Brutal, harrowing, shocking, heartrending, painful, terrifying, intense, crushing, and unrelenting. Robert Ford is one of my favourite authors. He's a gifted storyteller and his voice resonates in all of his novels and short fiction. Burner is different. The writing is phenomenal, the language is stunning, and this new voice is loud and assured and riveting. The story is one of courage, and cowardice. The characters are very real — one is a warrior, the other is gutless. And the subject matter? Brutal, harrowing, shocking, heartrending, painful, terrifying, intense, crushing, and unrelenting. It's very real. I felt the gamut of emotions while reading...outrage, anger, revulsion, sadness, RAGE, and unabashed joy. This book was a very visceral experience for me and is the best I've read of its kind. It made me cry. It ripped my soul out and stomped on it. I won't ever forget it. I wish my words could do this novel the justice it deserves. I don't think you can read it and not be changed somehow. It's soul-destroying. And the fact that things like this happen is incomprehensible. ~She wore a costume of violence.~ Thank you, Robert.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a lifelong fan of horror, it’s this: the scariest monsters are human. While I enjoy the thrill of a scare from supernatural beings, the fear induced by real life scenarios is the most threatening. This type of fear has an unsettled, lingering effect, and is a key player in some of the most haunting stories I’ve read. Burner is one of these stories. I’ve known that Bob Ford is a gifted storyteller since I first laid eyes upon his work, so I had high expectatio If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a lifelong fan of horror, it’s this: the scariest monsters are human. While I enjoy the thrill of a scare from supernatural beings, the fear induced by real life scenarios is the most threatening. This type of fear has an unsettled, lingering effect, and is a key player in some of the most haunting stories I’ve read. Burner is one of these stories. I’ve known that Bob Ford is a gifted storyteller since I first laid eyes upon his work, so I had high expectations for this one, and I was not disappointed. This novel is difficult to read at many points in the story, due to the subject matter, and while there were times that I wanted to turn away from the horror, I couldn’t set it aside. I had deep empathy for the characters because Ford is one of the best when it comes to character development. The pacing is excellent, and I loved the setup of the chapters. The focus of the story alternates between two main characters’ experiences, and also goes back and forth between past and present. While this can sometimes be difficult to follow, it’s not an issue in this case. Again, it’s another aspect that showcases the author’s skill at storytelling. I’m not sure there is much else I can tell you that hasn’t already been said. In short, this is a story that shows how quickly one’s life can change—in the blink of an eye our world can be turned upside down. It shows how we don’t always know others as deeply as we think, and how circumstances and trauma can change a person. While I was appalled at many of the characters’ actions in this story, I also recognized the fact that we’re all capable of becoming monsters ourselves. This book also opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of—scary stuff that goes on in the real world—and it was truly frightening. In my opinion, Burner will remain a standout in the collection of Ford’s work for years to come.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie 8luebird

    As a race, we humans are paradoxically and often uncontrollably drawn to that which is morbid and fear inducing, despite it going against the fibres of our being. Certainty is much more manageable and palatable than the unknown, so we rubber neck road side accidents, pore over negative news and digest hours worth of horror and true crime. Books are one of the several mediums that allow you to consume bitesize pieces of monstrosity, at your personal pace and convenience, in the comfort of your ow As a race, we humans are paradoxically and often uncontrollably drawn to that which is morbid and fear inducing, despite it going against the fibres of our being. Certainty is much more manageable and palatable than the unknown, so we rubber neck road side accidents, pore over negative news and digest hours worth of horror and true crime. Books are one of the several mediums that allow you to consume bitesize pieces of monstrosity, at your personal pace and convenience, in the comfort of your own home. Burner is such a book. It unfolds through two voices via differing circumstance. By flitting between two powerful female led narratives, a whole host of very real and macabre human depravity is unveiled. The heartbreaking element of the jarring and alarming themes throughout, is that they are still frightfully prevalent within some sordid societal corners today. Ford has an interesting voice in that it varies greatly in timbre. Lulling you into a pleasant sense of security prior to invading your mental landscape in a most horrific assault. The story bursts forth through his words and lays itself bare before you, and because curiosity and certainty compel us to discover the truth, you cannot look away. You read on. You need to know. No matter how uncomfortable it may make you, and trust me- this story lacks significantly in traditional comfort. It is a raw and unabridged glimpse into the human experience, how it shapes and changes the minds psychology, how certain life stains will seep and bleed, spreading until they permeate the soul, rotting the very core. Interestingly for me, I found myself only able to relate to one of the main characters after the catalyst within the plot. I noted that a strength and resilience can come with trauma, even sometimes hope, no matter how warped or desperate that may be. Comparison is so often considered the thief of joy, but I think in some situations it can strengthen your resolve-- when you catch that glimmer of recognition. And then the slightest, knowing curve of a smile.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karla Kay

    "Beauty is a strange thing. It's all a matter of perspective, really. What is terrible and ugly to some, holds such beauty and allure to others." There are stories in our heads, our hearts, and our souls. Most of these stories come from our childhood and the people we grow up around. Some of those stories are imaginary and then there are those that come from real world events. We grow to learn that the world is not always a pleasant place to be. We learn there are monsters among us, and they are "Beauty is a strange thing. It's all a matter of perspective, really. What is terrible and ugly to some, holds such beauty and allure to others." There are stories in our heads, our hearts, and our souls. Most of these stories come from our childhood and the people we grow up around. Some of those stories are imaginary and then there are those that come from real world events. We grow to learn that the world is not always a pleasant place to be. We learn there are monsters among us, and they are real. The subject matter of 'Burner' is human trafficking. Not all of us live in a state that this occurs specifically, but it happens in many others. It's mostly just referred to as kidnapping because it's buried so deep it's difficult to uncover. There were times while reading this that I genuinely had to put it aside. Take a moment and just breathe....Or cry....yeah...that, too! There were also times just reading Bob Fords words left me speechless, often breathless. He doesn't just write, he makes you feel deep emotions. And, WOW, what an ending! I truly believe everyone should be reading this. It's very poignant and a very important subject. Although it certainly isn't an easy subject , it's dark and painful, brutal to it's very core. The story of Audrey and Iris is one that will live long in my heart. "Sometimes the scars are on the inside."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gab

    Robert Ford by now is one of those authors that when they publish a new book, you just read it based on their name alone. 'Burner' is a great, slow burner (pun genuinely not intended), which opens by warning you that it's going to be a rough ride. The more the tale unfolds, the more you see why. The most powerful thing about this novel is that this isn't horror rooted in a fantastical realm, but it's almost an awareness raising campaign against a truly terrible, yet almost invisible problem of our Robert Ford by now is one of those authors that when they publish a new book, you just read it based on their name alone. 'Burner' is a great, slow burner (pun genuinely not intended), which opens by warning you that it's going to be a rough ride. The more the tale unfolds, the more you see why. The most powerful thing about this novel is that this isn't horror rooted in a fantastical realm, but it's almost an awareness raising campaign against a truly terrible, yet almost invisible problem of our society, which allows allows the plot to hit that much harder in your guts. I don't really have much more to say because I don't want to spoil anything. I am just going to say: read this and you won't regret it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bradford Sanders

    In this book Robert Ford tells the story that many people tend to pretend doesn't exist in our world: Human Trafficking. From the moment Aubrey discovers the burner phone of her recently deceased husband her would forever be changed. The story is very gripping and keeps you interested. Definitely not for the faint of heart! The subject matter of the book is dark but I would definitely recommend. I received this book as an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. In this book Robert Ford tells the story that many people tend to pretend doesn't exist in our world: Human Trafficking. From the moment Aubrey discovers the burner phone of her recently deceased husband her would forever be changed. The story is very gripping and keeps you interested. Definitely not for the faint of heart! The subject matter of the book is dark but I would definitely recommend. I received this book as an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Collins

    This is my first book by Robert Ford and it certainly will not be my last. This is a brutal, in your face book. It deals with tough subjects and doesn’t flinch. Ford shows a keen eye for human details that would get lost in an extreme horror novel that would cover the subject matter. Two women have their lives intertwined by the secret life of one man. With a basis on that these events very well could happen, Ford takes us on a tour of hell that no one deserves. Recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Pesavento

    Sometimes it's difficult to find brilliance in a story so painfully depicted. Robert Ford found it and did it correctly. I couldn't stop turning the pages as Iris and Audrey dug deeper into their pain, finding further torment as their days went on. I have enjoyed Ford's diverse tales, but this will haunt me for months to come. I hold my loved ones a bit tighter going forward. Sometimes it's difficult to find brilliance in a story so painfully depicted. Robert Ford found it and did it correctly. I couldn't stop turning the pages as Iris and Audrey dug deeper into their pain, finding further torment as their days went on. I have enjoyed Ford's diverse tales, but this will haunt me for months to come. I hold my loved ones a bit tighter going forward.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tod

    BURNER is an example of how well extreme horror may be. Short chapters give the reader opportunity to pause and catch breath yet begs the reader to start next chapter to see what happens next, very compulsive. Robert Ford continues to get better and better with each book and BURNER is his best yet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ron F.

    Burner was a masterpiece. Extraordinary in every single way. Emotionally charged ,and so intense. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. Outstanding writing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Reginas..Haunted..Library

    This was intense! I can't say I enjoyed it given the subject matter, but I couldn't put it down either. Just when I thought it couldn't get any darker, it did. This was intense! I can't say I enjoyed it given the subject matter, but I couldn't put it down either. Just when I thought it couldn't get any darker, it did.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara Losacano

    Brutal, epic read!! 5/5 skulls💀

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gen

    Wow This was a quick yet brutal read. The story unfolds between two very different viewpoints at the same time, forcing the reader to feel so many conflicting emotions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    BungleGrind

    Hands down the best book I read this past year. This could very well be the most brutal thing I have ever read. Period. It had me squirming from revulsion at times and yet I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. As unflinching as it was all of this is done without so much as a hint of exploitation, nothing but pure heart and soul to be found here. Essential reading for those with cast iron stomachs and wills. Hands down the best book I read this past year. This could very well be the most brutal thing I have ever read. Period. It had me squirming from revulsion at times and yet I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. As unflinching as it was all of this is done without so much as a hint of exploitation, nothing but pure heart and soul to be found here. Essential reading for those with cast iron stomachs and wills.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenniferr

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mommacat

  28. 4 out of 5

    BARELE2

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clint Calisbury

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

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