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A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning

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This was this month’s book club pick, and I loved The Girl on the Train by the same author, which I read some time ago a couple of times, which is quite unusual for me, so I was really excited to get my hands on a copy, so much so that I bought myself a hardcover copy thinking I would love it. As a result she couldn’t help herself getting into trouble with both employers and police and you really feel for her as she gets involved in a houseboat murder. Intricately interwoven plots and subplots, propulsive twists and a neat finale, while it’s no The Girl On The Train, A Slow Fire Burning is a deliciously easy psycho drama to hungrily tear through. She was in a horrific accident at the age of ten which left her with some brain damage, causing all kinds of unacceptable and out of control incidents to occur.

Not quite it: It was true that she'd seen him a couple of times since he'd moored up, and that she'd clocked him right away for an amateur. The barge was a mess-paint peeling, lintels rusted, chimney all a skew-while he himself looked much too clean for canal life. We begin to learn more about him, his unhappy and caustic relationship with his mother, his aunt Carla and others, but don’t really understand him even at the end.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The killer, for me at least, didn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s the why that’ll leave readers squirming. She was out on the back deck, checking she had a clear run-that there weren't any obstacles on the path, bicycles, or bottles (people could be extremely antisocial, particularly late on Saturday nights). Set along a stretch of Regent’s Canal, Hawkins has created an exquisite sense of place (there’s even a helpful illustrated map… there’s the Sekforde Arms! From the beginning of the novel, I expected something big, earth shattering, surprising will happen or something so smart will come out to fool me but none of them happened.

There wasn’t a moment that I felt like giving up, but neither was I in a hurry to burn the midnight oil working through the outstanding text.A Slow Fire Burning is a hugely satisfying, brilliantly crafted novel about the entanglement of betrayal and retaliation, the damage of loss, and how tragedy reverberates in ways we can never expect. When a young man is found brutally murdered in his houseboat, an investigation immediately ensues and we are introduced to three main suspects, all females who each seem to have plenty of motive, opportunity and means to commit the heinous crime! I disagree; Hawkins tells her tale so thoroughly that the pieces are obvious and careful readers will know who did it and why. A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human. I found it a little confusing, in truth, though I confess I am easily lost if too much information is put on the table.

Every character in A Slow Fire Burning has suffered, sometimes horribly, sometimes by the people they loved and trusted the most. In the bathroom, she dropped the watch into the sink, tore off the paper, dropped the towel on the floor. My thanks to Penguin Random House UK Audio, Transworld Digital and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. We have the nosy neighbour who had found the body, a young woman who’d had a recent one night stand on the victim's boat and an aunt who seems to be nursing a whole bag of resentment, for reasons we are to discover later.Speechify lets you listen to any text, including all books in the world with the best voices out there! The toilet paper around her forearm bloomed scarlet, her limb throbbing gently as the blood pulsed out of her. It was a bright morning, cold for March, though white buds on glossy new branches of plane and birch hinted at spring. Overall: maybe this book may have been promoted as contemporary fiction, I could have a chance to like it more.

Three women were among the last to see him - Laura, his one night stand, Miriam, his neighbor and Carla, his aunt. And the thing was, she'd been meaning to talk to the occupant of that boat, the young man, about overstaying. As the story paces and peeks into each of the character's past, the suspense slowly begins to unfurl with twists and turns.

A nosy neighbor, a one-night stand, and a resentful family member, all who are juggling their own secrets and hidden agendas. With so many characters in the plot, one would begin to wonder, if these deaths are in any way connected? With some truly remarkably complex yet realistic characterisations of people across many generations; intriguing, beguiling and most of all interesting, even after finishing the book I want to know more about them. Superbly told, its twists and turns reveal the slow fire burning inside each which might just destroy them. You keep asking yourself why you’re doing it because you reread about a character you already disliked and you didn’t pay enough attention to remember why you really disliked him or her.



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