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A Slow Fire Burning

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out of 12 masterclass Four Star read, where simmering pain, injustice and most of all revenge, is a slow fire burning. These are out main characters and they connect to each other in ways both predictable and unpredictable. But the reason I frame it in this way is that it came and went before I’d realised that that's what it was. With a limited cast, a whodunnit reveal it is rarely shocking anymore, but the reasoning behind the crime itself was something that actually made my jaw drop! I recommend this one for anyone looking for in parts a character study, mystery, suspense/thriller - you won't regret it!

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. A Slow Fire Burning absolutely held me with its compelling, multi-generational cast of women and the brilliantly evoked pathos of damaged lives. The young woman Laura, a tragic past, I felt sorry for and Irene a older woman, with a big heart, the only character I actually liked. One highlight is that the audio version I listened to was impeccably narrated by the brilliant actress Rosumund Pike. The police’s prime suspect and a troubled young woman who was seen stumbling away from Daniel’s boat covered in blood.The main suspect in Daniel’s murder is 20-year-old Laura, whose promising future was curtailed ten years ago when she was hit by a car. Intricately interwoven plots and subplots, propulsive twists and a neat finale, while it’s no The Girl On The Train, A Slow Fire Burning is a deliciously easy psycho drama to hungrily tear through.

Additionally, there is an old lady Irene who is Angela's neighbor and friend and who is now supported for her grocery purchases by Laura. While the structure of the novel is a murder mystery, the killer’s identity is almost the least interesting aspect of the book. The truth was that you felt a certain way inside, and while the people who had known you your whole life still probably saw you that way, the number of new people who could appreciate you as that person, that inside person, rather than just a collection of the frailties of age, was limited. When at last the flow of blood seemed to slow, Laura took off her T-shirt and dropped it on the floor, slipped out of her jeans, dropped her knickers, and wriggled out of her bra, inhaling sharply through her teeth as the metal catch scraped against the cut, hissing, "Fuck fuck mother of fuck.A good everyday thriller / mystery that didn’t quite hit the mark on this occasion but I do like this author. But the pain of each character is so overwhelming, and communicated so well, that the reader takes on their pain as their own. The characters would be largely unlikeable and frustrating, if they hadn’t been bestowed with such carefully crafted and unspeakably tragic back stories. Miriam is a middle aged woman, living just several boats down from the boat where Daniel is brutally murdered.

the title, however, does not describe the book—this fire burns fast—a highly engaging page-turner that whisks the reader to and fro—edging close to the truth before shifting the focus away each time in a delicious flurry of NOT YET, MY LOVELIES! Hawkins liked this area because both wealthy and poor are living amongst each other in an unusual setting. It was the pacing and the large cast of unlikable and unreliable narrators that bogged this one down for me a bit. She'd had that thought when she first realized who the boy was, but she'd not known how best to take advantage. It looks like a contemporary fiction about crowded and very unlikable characters’ connections with each other!

I just put it down to the mental instability of the murderer and all the supporting cast members in this long, drawn out drama. But her newest thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, may be the one that haunts readers long after they’ve finished it. 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 . Speechify lets you listen to any text, including all books in the world with the best voices out there! The book revolves around the gruesome scene of Daniel's death occurring on a London houseboat he was living in.

I may be biased as I was expecting a book as extraordinary as ‘The Girl on the Train’ so therefore I left feeling mildly underwhelmed and wanting a hair more. A Slow Fire Burning, as the title implies, takes its time with the storytelling, concentrating instead on character back story and motivation. Like the three parts of a braid, the stories of the three women in A Slow Fire Burning come together and are interwoven into one.A Slow Fire Burning book reminds me of The Great Gatsby because it is so perfectly woven together, unexpected, but it also has characters trying to do the right thing and imperfectly loving other people. A truly satisfying, multi-layered maze of a mystery with a cast of flawed characters so real I'm still thinking of them days after I turned the last page.

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