THE ADDICTIVE NEW SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
'Shocking, moving, full of heart . . . A Slow Fire Burning shows a writer at the height of her powers.' Observer (Thriller of the Month)
'Superbly told, its twists and turns reveal the slow fire burning inside each which might just destroy them. Utterly compelling.' Daily Mail
'What is wrong with you?'
Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She's seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous.
Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn't mean she's a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace?
Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill.
Look what you started.
'Fast-paced, highly charged and carried off with so much confidence that it is impossible to resist.'
'A Slow Fire Burning is a treat: utterly readable, moving in parts and saturated with the kind of localised detail that made The Girl on the Train so compelling.'
'From the first sentence to the last, this explosive, startling novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go.'
'Twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human'
'Gripping and intriguing, I loved every moment'
S J Watson
'Twists and turns galore...Paula Hawkins is a genius.'
'Dark and disturbing, this twisted story with its cast of damaged characters builds to a brilliant conclusion. This one will stay with you for a long time. '
'The queen of the psychological thriller is back with her best book yet. It's such an addictive read . . . an absolute must-read' Prima
'Paula Hawkins at her best.'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Put your phone in airplane mode and clear your daily calendar, because Paula Hawkins is back. Daniel Sutherland has been found dead in his houseboat on the Thames by a nosy neighbour. We learn about this troubled young man’s life from the women who were a part of it, including his bitter mother, Angela; her ostentatiously grief-stricken sister, Carla; and Laura, a damaged young woman who was the last person seen leaving the houseboat. Author Paula Hawkins leaps back and forth in time between these characters as their guilty secrets, intertwined tragedies and shocking revelations get more and more tangled and sordid. (There’s even a novel within the novel, but to say more about it would spoil the fun!) Plus, there’s a genuinely shocking, jaw-dropping conclusion. If you thought Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train was the last word in devious, deliciously complex domestic thrillers, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The stabbing murder of 23-year-old Daniel Sutherland on his houseboat in London's Regent's Canal drives this twist-laden if unremarkable page-turner from bestseller Hawkins (The Girl on the Train). Miriam Lewis, who lives in the neighboring vessel, finds the body and removes a bloody key from the scene before notifying the police. Decades earlier, Miriam survived a horrific attack, wrote an unpublished memoir about it, and shared the manuscript with Theo Myerson, who used it, without attribution, as the basis for a novel, The One Who Got Away. Theo, it turns out, is Daniel's uncle by marriage, and his toddler son died from a fall at Daniel's mother's home. Another suspect is Laura Kilbride, who slept with Daniel on the night of his death; as a child, she suffered a skull fracture that affected her ability to self-regulate and has trouble functioning as an adult. Sections from The One Who Got Away and flashbacks add to the challenge of putting the puzzle pieces together. The result is a satisfying whodunit, but its overreliance on coincidence makes it fall short of the high standard of Hawkins's previous work.