A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins @DoubleDayUK @RandomTTours #blogtour #bookreview

Happy Friday everyone!! The weekend is here!! Today I’m welcoming the blog tour for Paula Hawkins’s latest thriller A Slow Fire Burning to A Knight’s Reads.

Massive thanks to the wonderful Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Double Day Books for my advanced copy of A Slow Fire Burning.

The Blurb

‘What is wrong with you?’

Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous.

Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn’t mean she’s a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace?

Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill.

Look what you started.

What Did I Think?

I’m going to hold my hands up now: I’ve never read a Paula Hawkins book before this. I’ve not read (or seen the film adaptation of) The Girl On A Train nor have I read Into The Water. Shocking I know!! So I had no preconceived ideas of what to expect.

A Slow Fire Burning is told from four perspectives, four very individual voices all connected by the death of one troubled young man. Each has or rather had a different relationship with the deceased but the big question is – who killed him?! Each has either motive or opportunity…

Our four narrators each have baggage. The baggage that has made them who they are and moulded their lives into what they are now. This slow burner of a read gradually peels back the various layers of these characters’ histories to show just how much life has thrown at them.

Hawkins has carefully crafted an intricate story which is effectively a murder mystery with extras. There is extra mystery woven into the tapestry of A Slow Fire Burning which cast aspersions on the characters I was getting to know making me doubt their every move. I’d question their motive – was this an element of their guilt? And guilty of what?

As my first foray into the world of this author’s writing, I thoroughly enjoyed trying to solve the murder of young Daniel whilst getting to know this unlikely foursome. I was left slightly stunned at the end after finishing what is a dark and unsettling read.

Who Is Paula Hawkins?

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been a global phenomenon, selling 23 million copies worldwide. Published in over forty languages, it has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and was a No.1 box office hit film starring Emily Blunt.

Into the Water, her second stand-alone thriller, has also been a global No.1 bestseller, spending twenty weeks in the Sunday Times hardback fiction Top 10 bestseller list, and six weeks at No.1.

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