A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins Book Summary


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.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins Book Reviews

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I’ve read several of her books, this one was a bit too much back and forth, this way, that away for me. Too hard to follow, almost like she was trying to accomplish what “Theo” had done in his book, flipping from different time frames. Not my favorite.

Confusing but kept me reading until worked out

Hawkins intermingles plot and sub-plot well. She also creates distinctive characters. It trends well with sympathetic attention on somewhat marginalized people in society—the ugly, the mentally damaged, the old. Very entertaining as well. Probably not as good as The Girl on the Train, but it would be hard to top that one.

Meandering with not one plot fully developed.

A dark book about grief and family.

This book kept you guessing throughout, all the way to the end. It made you question everything and everyone. For a fast read, I give it 5 stars. Exceptional.

Soooo good

I pretty much had this one figured out from the start although not all details. It was heavy on the foul language, which I’m not a fan of, but overall it kept my interest.

Very interesting.

The book was ok, but by no means anything like “ The Girl on the Train”

This book felt too dark for all that is happening in the world then it becomes very entertaining.

I couldn’t keep reading. Terrible writing.

Understandable, but distasteful. It was like watching a video of a child burning ants directly in the line of sight of their drunk parents. At this point, you just keep going to see if anyone gets what they deserve.

Always intriguing! Good read!

Couldn’t put my phone down

Found the characters rather uninteresting and the plot less than thrilling.

Read it in two days. Very well written, keeps you guessing, has all the right hooks. Definitely put your phone on DND and enjoy the read.

Great Read!

How she got so popular and why i keep reading these books I’ll never know. Most writers get better with experience, but each of the last two was worse than the previous.

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About Paula Hawkins Wiki

Paula Hawkins (born 26 August 1972) is a British author best known for her top-selling psychological thriller novel The Girl on the Train (2015), which deals with themes of domestic violence, alcohol, and drug abuse. The novel was adapted into a film starring Emily Blunt in 2016. Hawkins' second thriller novel, Into the Water, was released in 2017. Life and career Hawkins was born and raised in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), the daughter of Anthony "Tony" Hawkins and his wife Glynne. Her father was an economics professor and financial journalist. Before moving to London in 1989 aged 17, Hawkins attended Arundel School, Harare, Zimbabwe then studied for her A-Levels at Collingham College, an independent college in Kensington, West London. Hawkins read philosophy, politics and economics at Keble College, University of Oxford. She worked as a journalist for The Times, reporting on business. She then worked for a number of publications on a freelance basis, and wrote a fi...

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