Paula Hawkins: A Slow Fire Burning

Today I’m sharing my review of A Slow Fire Burning as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and with apologies for the lateness of the post


‘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.



Paula Hawkins is back and she’s back with a bang! A Slow Fire Burning is the story of a murder, and from the very beginning I was caught up in this story and I wanted to know who had committed the crime and why. 

Hawkins’ writing is incredibly clever and I loved all the subplots and the book within the book. The whole novel is meticulously planned and I enjoyed following all the carefully placed clues and red herrings. 

I loved the characters in A Slow Fire Burning. There are quite a few characters and at first, I was concerned that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to see them in the depth they deserved, but this is not the case at all. They all seem to be characters on the edges of society and they are wonderfully observed. I changed my mind several times about who was involved in the murder and I was fascinated to see how characters with such different lives could be connected. Through these characters, Hawkins explores a number of social issues and this makes parts of the novel particularly poignant. I will be thinking about them for some time to come. 

A Slow Fire Burning is available from Amazon.

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