New Paula Hawkins thriller sizzles on every page

The author behind the best-selling thrillers The Girl on the Train and Into The Water, Paula Hawkins, is certainly no stranger to writing a good mystery. Her first-ever novel, The Girl on the Train, was met with raving reviews, became a global best seller, and was adapted into a feature film starring Emily Blunt.

Her second novel, Into The Water, was met with similar success and became a Sunday Times Bestseller. The book world has been eagerly awaiting a new book from Hawkins and the wait is finally over.

‘A Slow Fire Burning’ already a thrill

A Slow Fire Burning has recently hit shelves and already is making waves in the book community, placing high on Exclusive Book’sTop 20 bestsellers of the week.

COMPLEX, NUANCED AND HAUNTING

It is inevitable that when an author writes several books in the same genre, these books will be compared to one another. When compared to The Girl on the Train, A Slow Fire Burning does fall short.

This is not to say that it is a bad, stand-alone thriller, because it is a good story with compelling characters and tense writing.

But if you are a first-time reader of Paula Hawkins, I would recommend The Girl on the Train before A Slow Fire Burning.

What this book does has to offer, which is a given of Hawkins’s books, is a wonderfully complex story and timeline. A far cry from the well-worn path of a linear timeline, Hawkins once again gives the reader a puzzle of perspectives, events and character connections, making for a haunting mystery that will keep you guessing to the last page.

A Slow Fire Burning has an added level of nuance as it contains criticisms of the publishing world, the ethics of storytelling and the tropes found in thrillers. This was refreshing to read about as Hawkins clearly speaks from a more experienced position as an established writer.

‘A SLOW FIRE BURNING’: SYNOPSIS

How far would you go for 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?

PRAISE FOR HAWKINS’S WRITING

A ‘Slow Fire Burning‘ twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it’s also deep, intelligent and intensely human.”

Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of the Jack Reacher Series.

“I simply could not put it down.”

Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the ‘Rizzoli and Isles‘ series

“When it comes to tension you could cut with a knife, no one does it better than Hawkins.”

The New York Post

“From the first sentence to the last, this explosive, startling novel grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Fiendishly clever and with a wonderful sense of place too. Go read!”

Kate Mosse – bestselling author of ‘The City of Tears’.

“Gripping, enthralling – a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.”

S. J. Watson, New York Times–bestselling author of ‘Before I Go to Sleep‘.

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

British Author Paula Hawkins. Image via Twitter @nytimesarts.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula Hawkins moved to London in 1989 to try and make a living as a writer. She worked as a journalist for over 15 years before trying her hand at fiction.

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 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, and her latest thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, looks to be another hit.

A Slow Fire Burning is published by Doubleday Publishing Group and is available at Exclusive Books for R295.

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