A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel

A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel

by Paula Hawkins (Author)

An instant number one New York Times best seller

The scorching new thriller from the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train. 

A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human.” (Lee Child)

“Only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending.” (New York Times)

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of listeners worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.

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? 

Look what you started.

In the captivating novel "A Slow Fire Burning" by Paula Hawkins, the peaceful facade of a North London neighborhood is shattered when a young woman named Carla is found brutally murdered in her northwest London home. As the investigation unfolds, a complex web of secrets, lies, and hidden connections is revealed, drawing three women into the heart of the mystery.

Miriam, a recently widowed mother, becomes obsessed with the case, seeking answers to the haunting questions surrounding Carla's death. Laura, a troubled young woman with a hidden past, finds herself entangled in the investigation, struggling to keep her own secrets from unraveling.

Then there's Russell, a disillusioned detective haunted by past failures, determined to find the truth and bring justice to Carla's family. As they delve deeper into the case, Miriam, Laura, and Russell uncover a series of shocking revelations that expose the dark underbelly of their seemingly idyllic community.

With each clue they uncover, the mystery thickens, and the tension mounts as they race against time to find the killer before another life is taken. A Slow Fire Burning is a gripping and atmospheric thriller that explores the complexities of human nature and the devastating consequences of hidden secrets.

Throughout the novel, Hawkins skillfully weaves together the narratives of Miriam, Laura, and Russell, creating a multi-layered story that delves into the lives of each character, their motivations, and their relationships with each other. The writing is taut and suspenseful, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate the twists and turns of the investigation.

A Slow Fire Burning is a thought-provoking novel that examines themes of grief, loss, and the enduring power of secrets. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and the plot is cleverly crafted, leaving readers guessing until the very end.


August 31, 2021