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A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

August 19, 2021 in Book Reviews
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins - Book Review

AD • I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. My review is voluntary and opinions are entirely my own.

It’s Thriller Thursday – the perfect day of the week to talk about all things thriller books. Today I wanted to share my review of one of this year’s most anticipated releases. It’s a book that you’ll be seeing EVERYWHERE over the next few months. That’s right, it’s A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins!

I got extremely lucky with this one as it was a ‘Wish For It’ title on NetGalley and I was randomly chosen to be granted an ARC. Naturally, I devoured it immediately. But I thought I would hold off on sharing my review until a little closer to the release date. It’s less than 2 weeks off now so the perfect time to talk about an upcoming release. So without any further ado, here’s what I thought of A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins!

Many thanks to Transworld and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

A Slow Fire Burning
by Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Transworld
Date of Publication: 31st August 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook (308 pages)

Synopsis

”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.

 

  • Death and murder (including some gore)
  • Injury including mention of blood
  • Animal death/cruelty
  • Child death
  • Grief

 

Book Review

A Slow Fire Burning is an engrossing and captivating read with shocking twists. I read this book over a weekend and couldn’t put it down. It kept me on my toes. I literally had no idea what to expect as the big reveal until much later on when the pieces started to click into place. There were also a few moments that made me gasp out loud which is a testament to how deeply I’d fallen into Hawkins’ world.

Most of the characters were largely unlikeable and untrustworthy but I felt empathy towards them as they’ve all had more than their fair share of trauma. I felt that character development was one of the strongest points here. Everyone was fleshed out and believable with their own strengths, flaws and blind spots. It was also great to see that everyone had their own dark side – what they were willing to do and under which circumstances they were willing to do it.

With that said, I did feel very warmly towards Irene. She was such a strong character for me even though she was a secondary character. I loved that she was a safe space for vulnerable people around her and that she proved, time and time again, to be a force to be reckoned with even in her old age.

Overall, I think this was a fantastic thriller with a lot of depth to it. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a compulsive thriller with unreliable characters, unclear motives and a whole lot of tension.

Will you be picking up A Slow Fire Burning? Let me know in the comments.

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I'm Hayley (she/her) and I'm more than a little bit bookish. Cosy Chapters is where I share all things book-related plus the occasional post about the cosy lifestyle. When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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  • ShootingStarsMag August 26, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    I didn’t really love The Girl on the Train, but I’m happy to hear that her follow up seems to be really different and that you loved it. That’s great the character development is so well done too.

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    When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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