A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel

The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 readers 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.

Editorial Reviews

In A Slow Fire Burning, the murder of a young man on a London houseboat has police narrowing their suspect list to three women who live near the canal where the houseboat was moored. Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the TrainInto the Water) loves a large cast of characters and multiple narrators. And she’s assembled a rum bunch in this novel. So rum that at a certain point in the story readers will come to the conclusion that any one—or all—of these people are capable of murder. It’s a testament to Hawkins’ skillful storytelling that readers will have no idea until the last few pages who the murderer is, and that they will, by then, be so fond of some of the characters—Irene and Laura in particular—that they won’t care if they did it. Prepare to inhale this smart thriller in one sitting. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor

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