A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins @RandomTTours #publicationdayreview #blogtour #aslowfireburning

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.


It feels as though I have been waiting forever but it’s FINALLY publication day for A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins! And what a book worth waiting for! It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and it certainly isn’t another The Girl On The Train, but for me it’s another beautifully written book that has left me wanting more already.

A Slow Fire Burning is so much more than a murder mystery-it yields a slowly intoxicating and haunting storyline that introduces us to some very emotionally damaged characters. The women especially had their layers gradually peeled back with an empathetic understanding of the horrors they had all faced in their lives. And many of the tragedies they had come through were shocking, heartbreaking and disturbing so it was no wonder that they were living dysfunctional lives, often feeling disconnected from the people and things around them. Laura was my favourite character-the revelations about her past were jaw dropping and I loved how she organically evolved throughout the book.

I really took my time reading this, relishing every perfectly pitched plot twist. Paula Hawkins has a way of pulling you into her fictional world so you feel as though these characters are people you know therefore you feel like you owe it to them to become completely invested in their lives. It’s a very clever way of keeping you engaged with the storyline and it is done very, VERY well here. This isn’t a fast paced book by any means but the slow unraveling of the plot is essential for developing the powerful complexities of this atmospheric book.

Another stunning read by one of my favourite authors and I can highly recommend it!

PAULA HAWKINS 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.

Paula’s latest thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, will be released on 31st August 2021.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

3 thoughts on “A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins @RandomTTours #publicationdayreview #blogtour #aslowfireburning”

  1. What a great review and thanks for the heads up. I somehow missed that this was coming out (!?!) and loved Girl on the Train. Will definitely be looking for this one soon.

    I enjoyed your review. This line in particular resonated: “I really took my time reading this, relishing every perfectly pitched plot twist.” I have a hard time doing this–often when I’m reading something I love in inhale it even though in the back of my mind I’m saying, “Slow down, you don’t want it to be over!” Thanks again for the great review and insider’s look.

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