A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel (Hardcover)

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After Daniel Sutherland is found brutally murdered on his boat, the lives of several seemingly unconnected women will collide in unimaginable ways. Laura has been struggling to stay afloat and keep her head down ever since an accident as a child left her with scars she wishes she could forget. Miriam knows an outsider when she sees one - it takes one to know one. So, when she discovers Daniel's body and realizes Laura was the last known person so see him alive, she takes it upon herself to help Laura, while possibly getting the revenge she has been longing for all these years. Meanwhile, Carla is spiraling - it was only a few months ago that her sister died suddenly and tragically. Now her nephew has been murdered. But with even more tragedy littering her past, she might do anything to find peace. All three women are harboring painful memories and secrets that threaten to pull them apart. What would they do to finally be able to move on? Not for the faintest of heart, Paula Hawkins’s latest is a dark and brutal story that kept me in my favorite chair reading from the first page to the very last.

— Parker Jensen

September 2021 Indie Next List

“I remember the addictiveness of Girl on The Train and Into the Water, and Paula Hawkins did not let readers down with this new book. A Slow Fire Burning was an amazing read that I couldn’t put down.”
— Deanna Bailey, Story on The Square, McDonough, GA



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.

About the Author

Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times–bestselling novels Into the Water and The Girl on the Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

Praise For…

Praise for A Slow Fire Burning

“Sure to set the literary world on fire.”—Good Morning America

A Slow Fire Burning is a classic whodunit that unfolds the mystery until the very last page.”—USA Today

“[It] Simmers…this one is indeed a page-turner….like a good curry, layered with spices, percolating for about 300 pages, leaving readers sated at the end.” —The Associated Press

A Slow Fire Burning is not only her most complex, twist-filled tale yet, but it’s also the most mature, intricately detailed, and superbly paced book of her career.”—shondaland

“Gives the term "thriller" a whole new meaning…Hawkins's new book is a bloody masterpiece that's darker than it appears.”—Popsugar

“Paula Hawkins is the queen of keeping us on the edge of our seats. … [A Slow Fire Burning is] the thriller of the summer.”—HelloGiggles

“A nuanced picture of the female psyche…a cleverly crafted whodunit.”—Salon

“This thrilling whodunnit barely lets you breathe as it barrels toward a shocking ending.”Good Housekeeping

“A creeping psychological thriller about entanglement and strained family relations that spiral into viciousness...Hawkins submerges readers into the troubled lives of her leading ladies... Hawkins shapes the three women’s stories in a way that brings their simmering fears and grief to the surface.” —AV Club

“Get ready for your next big thrill ride...Filled with plot twists, it promises to keep you guessing until the very end.”—CNN

A Slow Fire Burning is the latest from Paula Hawkins, the woman whose words haunt your dreams. . .We follow three women close to the deceased—an ex, an aunt, and a neighbor. Each has kindled a hot-burning anger against the man in question, and Hawkins happily fans the flames.”Glamour

A Slow Fire Burning
is a treat: utterly readable, moving in parts and saturated with the kind of localized detail that made The Girl on the Train so compelling…a return to form.”The Guardian

"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. Wickedly dark and gorgeously written, this is a novel you’ll be thinking about long after the last delicious pages. Paula Hawkins is masterful." — Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

"With a beautifully wrought cast of characters who are real and likeable even when they are complicated and flawed, a fantastic, picturesque London setting, twists and turns galore and exquisite prose, this is a high class read. Paula Hawkins is a genius." Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

“The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you — and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending.”The New York Times Book Review

“From the author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water comes another read-it-in-one-night thriller. . .  [A Slow Fire Burning] proves that revenge is actually a dish best served hot, simmering and smoldering.”Town & Country

“A dark, intricate tale of three women tied to a bloody murder on a London houseboat. You’ll be gobsmacked by the end.” People

“A satisfying whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end.”Vogue

“Another twist-filled thriller.”—PopSugar

“I love Paula Hawkins, and this is why—A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human . . . the characters are just like people you know . . . or maybe even just like you yourself. Hawkins is proving herself a worthy 21st century heir to Barbara Vine and Patricia Highsmith.” —LEE CHILD

“Shocking, moving, full of heart . . . Laced with humour and packed with moments of sheer horror, A Slow Fire Burning shows a writer at the height of her powers.”London Observer
Product Details
ISBN: 9780735211230
ISBN-10: 073521123X
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English