A Slow Fire Burning pdf Summary Reviews by Paula Hawkins

A Slow Fire Burning pdf book is a thriller novel by Paula Hawkins.

A Slow Fire Burning Summary

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

A Slow Fire Burning Review


About Paula Hawkins Author of A Slow Fire Burning pdf Book

Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins author of A slow fire burning 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 thriller, 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.

A Slow Fire Burning pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

A Slow Fire Burning pdf
A Slow Fire Burning pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Riverhead Books; First Edition (August 31, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 073521123X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0735211230
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.19 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.31 x 1.04 x 9.28 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #8,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1,242 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • #1,893 in Suspense Thrillers
  • #2,228 in Women’s Literature & Fiction
  • Customer Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars    16,820 ratings

A Slow Fire Burning Reviews

John K. Mainieri

5.0 out of 5 stars Hawkins’ Best!
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2021

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Reading the new novel by Paula Hawkins, “A Slow Fire Burning” was a major surprise, not because her “The Girl In The Train” was so good, but because her last novel, “Into The Water”, was so disappointing. It lost its way halfway through and its ending was a muddle.
The latter work made it seem like the former was a fluke. Well, great news. Paula Hawkins has bounced back with a fiendishly clever murder mystery with an ending I never saw coming.
It’s a great story. A young man is found stabbed to death, throat slashed, on the run down boat where he’d been living. The prime suspect is the young woman who’d left him hours earlier. But there are several stories going on at once here. There’s the young man’s aunt, who’s just recently lost her sister, the boy’s mother. There’s the busybody 2 boats away who’s found him. There’s the man that woman has accused of plagiarism, (excerpts from his novel are scattered throughout the book). There’s the elderly woman who lives next door to the the house where the sister had lived and may not be what she seems.
The genius stroke here is instead of one unreliable narrator, there are five. Five dissimilar stories that don’t seem to connect. Until they do. Old grudges. Old crimes. And one massive red herring in the form of one of the narrators.
It’s so wonderful to find Paula Hawkins at the top of her game here, after losing her narrative grip on her previous novel. “A Slow Fire Burning” fulfills the promise of “The Girl On The Train”, and then, makes us realize “Into The Water” was the fluke. This one is the real deal.

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2.0 out of 5 stars What a Disappointment from a Talented Author
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021

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I loved the author’s two previous suspense novels, but this book is so slow moving that I found it impossible to get past the 25% point. The major characters are unlikeable and involved in totally dysfunctional relationships, so I found it extremely difficult to empathize with their situations. I read 3-4 psychological suspense novels per week, so my expectations are high for books in this genre (especially given Hawkins’ prior level of achievement) and this book does not meet the standard of four or five stars in my estimation. Almost every review I have seen mentions the slow pacing, changing back and forth of time frames, and unsympathetic characters, but still the reader is expected to plow through this book. Normally I can read an entire book in one sitting if the story is compelling, but I had to stop reading 25% through and then skipped to the last few chapters where the conclusion wasn’t worth the effort. Sorry, I am annoyed at paying $15.00 for a mediocre book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2021

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I enjoyed the author’s previous two books and had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately it was slow, predictable, and without any compelling plot twists. Do not recommend


1.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment!
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021

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I was in a reading slump and looking forward to an author that is usually great. This was not the book. The only character worth noting was Irene, a “Miss Marple” that solved the murder. The other characters were obnoxious and there was no character development. It was boring and painful to read. Don’t bother with this one.


2.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to the Standard of Hawkins’ Previous Novels
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021

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I purchased this on Kindle the day it came out because I found Hawkins’ 2 previous novels excellent. While not a bad read, “A Slow Fire Burning” clearly is not up to the standard of “The Girl on the Train” or “Into the Water.” It makes me wonder if this was co-written or actually written by someone else or written in a hurry to trade on her reputation which made it almost certain for this to be a big seller. While most of the book is decently written and somewhat suspenseful, the ending is rushed and very contrived more like novels by less talented writers. Hawkins is clearly capable on doing better.

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