Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 320 pages
First Published: 2021
When a young man is murdered on a London houseboat, police investigate his troubled one-night stand, Laura. Yet, Laura is not the only damaged one in Daniel’s life. Between his grieving aunt and famous uncle, his nosy houseboat neighbor, and his mother’s elderly neighbor, everyone has secrets to hide.
With multiple points-of-view and unlikeable characters, A Slow Fire Burning is an overly complicated slow-burn mystery that’s not nearly as good as The Girl on the Train but at least better than the nightmare that was Into the Water. I didn’t mind the story, but I think the lack of suspense will irritate many readers.
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?
About Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins is the author of three novels, The Girl on the Train, Into the Water, and A Slow Burning Fire. A former journalist, she was born in Zimbabwe and currently lives in London. Visit the author’s website →