A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

3 stars from me

Ah I had such high hopes for this one! First thing to note is that the book itself is beautiful with its sprayed orange edges and I love the little map inside.

I did like it and I really enjoyed Laura’s character – although I felt utterly and desperately sorry for her. I also really liked Irene, she was a fab feisty old lady.

Pretty much the rest of the characters weren’t ever so likeable as is so often the case in psychological thrillers.

There are lots of twists and hidden layers, not everything can be taken at face value and overall it is an engaging story. I also really liked the focal point of the setting being the narrow boats, Hawkins conveyed the imagery of that environment really well and the little map was a lovely touch.

All in all, a good read but not one that entirely blew me away. Although how you ever begin to live up to a runaway bestseller like The Girl on the Train is beyond me!

Blurb: 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 neighbour 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?


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