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A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning

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Pulling the door open all the way, climbing down the couple of steps to the cabin, her last hello catching in her throat as she took it all in: the boy-not a boy, a young man, really-lying on the floor, blood everywhere, a wide smile carved into his throat. Pages later, we meet Miriam, who lives on a houseboat in London’s Regent’s Canal and “likes to keep an eye on things.

The plot revolves around the gruesome death of Daniel Sutherland, a man in his twenties on his houseboat.

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. And we know that Hawkins loves her unstable female characters whom the reader feels frustrated and sympathy with, in equal measure. She was out on the back deck, checking she had a clear run-that there weren't any obstacles on the path, bicycles, or bottles (people could be extremely antisocial, particularly late on Saturday nights).

I’d enjoyed the author’s hugely successful mystery thriller The Girl on the Train and so despite my normal aversion to fiction set in the UK (too close to home, not escapist enough, yadda yadda yadda) I was excited to get hold of this one. Each person the spotlight falls on seems to be hiding something and as additional information is progressively fed in I found that my perception of what was going on in the background was subtly (or sometime not so subtly) challenged. This is a well-written book, the words flow nicely, and the title was a great success, depicting the slow fire burning of anger, resentment, jealousy, hatred and deceit. Yet, a big YET, despite the book being character led, Hawkins uses the characterisations to create a beautifully weighted read.None of them are likeable, and none of them see any of the other characters in a good light, either. International bestselling author Paula Hawkins may always be best-known for her record-shattering debut, The Girl on the Train.

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