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A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins @DoubledayUK @alisonbarrow #ASlowFireBurning #PaulaHawkins #PublicationDay #TheClqrt #BookReview #BookBlog #PublicationDay

Doubleday Books August 31st 2021

Book Description

‘What is wrong with you?’

Laura has spent 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 teh 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.

These leading women have something within that is eating away at them – a need for revenge, for love, for closure… for something that has been burning inside them for years and years.

The term ‘slow fire’ refers to the process by which paper in books becomes brittle over time as a result of acidification. The acid comes from within the paper itself, so that the paper has the seeds of its own destruction within its fibres.

Isn’t that extraordinary?

My Thoughts

Firstly thank you to Alison Barrow for sending me this very special proof copy of A Slow Fire Burning, with sprayed orange pages and a slick black cover the book looks incredible and fits perfectly with its content.

A higly anticipated read that has been creating quite a stir on social media, I felt very priviliged to receive an early copy. As with any hyped book there is a lot of expectation, the stakes are naturally high and I am delighted to be able to tell you that, A Slow Fire Burning lives up to all expectations and is a clever read, packed with twists designed to keep you guessing.

As the description tells us, 3 women all with something in their history, their lives intersperse when Daniel is stabbed to death on the river boat where he is staying. All with links to the victim, this book is told from several perspectives, detailing the events surrounding the death of Daniel. Teasers strategicially placed throughout the book allude to the trauma of one, but the reveal comes later and may not be what you expect.

I was very impressed with this book, it is a gripping read, full of twists and intricately written, the fine attention to detail deserves applaud as these 3 complex women circle the deceased, crossing paths with each other on the way. A very accessible read, told in the third person, the story moves smoothly between the women.

A book about love and loss, trauma and revenge, lots is well covered here in this excellently plotted story, a thriller? – not really but gripping none the less, a slow burn of a book, that had me from the outset.

Published today, when will you be picking up your copy?

About the Author

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thrilller, The Girl on the Train has been a global phenomenon, selling 23 million copies worldwide. Published in over forty languages, it has been a No. 1 bestseller around the world and was a No. 1 box office hit film starring Emily Blunt.

Into the Water, her second stand-alone thriller, has also been a global No. 1 bestseller, spending twenty weeks in the Sunday Times hardback fiction Top 10 bestseller list, and six weeks at No. 1.

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