A Slow Fire Burning
By: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 08/31/2021
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
My Rating: 4 Stars
The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.
“A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human.” – Lee Child
“Only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending” – New York Times
With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.
When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?
Look what you started.
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"A Slow Fire Burning is a hugely satisfying, brilliantly crafted novel about the entanglement of betrayal and retaliation, the damage of loss, and how tragedy reverberates in ways we can never expect. Wickedly dark and gorgeously written, this is a novel you’ll be thinking about long after the last delicious pages. Paula Hawkins is masterful."
— Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push
"With a beautifully wrought cast of characters who are real and likeable even when they are complicated and flawed, a fantastic, picturesque London setting, twists and turns galore and exquisite prose, this is a high class read. Paula Hawkins is a genius."
—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs
“The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you — and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“From the author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water comes another read-it-in-one-night thriller. . . [A Slow Fire Burning] proves that revenge is actually a dish best served hot, simmering and smoldering.”
—Town & Country
“A dark, intricate tale of three women tied to a bloody murder on a London houseboat. You’ll be gobsmacked by the end.”
“A satisfying whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end.”
“Another twist-filled thriller.”
“I love Paula Hawkins, and this is why—A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human . . . the characters are just like people you know . . . or maybe even just like you yourself. Hawkins is proving herself a worthy 21st century heir to Barbara Vine and Patricia Highsmith.”
About the Author
Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times–bestselling novels Into the Water and The Girl on the Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture.
Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.