A Slow Fire Burning - Paula Hawkins

A Slow Fire Burning

By Paula Hawkins

  • Release Date: 2021-08-31
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 1,704 Ratings



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.


  • Slow burning

    By Suzq26
    Fantastic book, couldn’t put it down!
  • Mesmerizing.

    By Sarah_Ashleyxox
    I loved this book could not put it down. Her skills in world building are unmatched, and as always the twists and turns were continuous.
  • She’s read a few mysteries

    By Rynedc
    Among other good things, I suspect this book is a bit of an homage to Ruth Randell, especially in her work as Barbara Vine.
  • Sad, sad story but kept me interested. A bit disjointed though. I literally felt the pain and grief.

    By fffddddeee111
    Sad, sad story but kept me interested. A bit disjointed though. I literally felt the pain and grief.
  • Took 100+ pages to get the characters sorted! Kept you guessing on who dunnit!

    By nadorabbit
    Took 100 pages t try
  • Good framework, somewhat hard to follow

    By thekathynevejans
    I’ve read several of her books, this one was a bit too much back and forth, this way, that away for me. Too hard to follow, almost like she was trying to accomplish what “Theo” had done in his book, flipping from different time frames. Not my favorite.
  • A slow fire burning

    By Geri Wolf
    Confusing but kept me reading until worked out
  • Entertaining and absorbing

    By julwilson2008
    Hawkins intermingles plot and sub-plot well. She also creates distinctive characters. It trends well with sympathetic attention on somewhat marginalized people in society—the ugly, the mentally damaged, the old. Very entertaining as well. Probably not as good as The Girl on the Train, but it would be hard to top that one.
  • Too many plot lines

    By Sidwell's Show
    Meandering with not one plot fully developed.
  • Quite a surprise. Heartbreaking.

    By LLG222
    A dark book about grief and family.