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A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning

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Now, the master of the sophisticated psychological thriller is back again (second novel Into The Water was released in 2017 and gobbled up by fans) with the addictive A Slow Fire Burning. Laura was in a horrific accident when she was ten years old and has been left with significant injuries, including some social issues where she cannot control herself or act appropriately at times.

It’s deliciously twisty and just when you think everything has been resolved, there’s one more twist waiting. I disagree; Hawkins tells her tale so thoroughly that the pieces are obvious and careful readers will know who did it and why. It was the pacing and the large cast of unlikable and unreliable narrators that bogged this one down for me a bit. Her books have all the pleasing twists of the noir genre while at the same time having something to say that feels real and complex and true - her women characters feel like someone you actually know. As a result she couldn’t help herself getting into trouble with both employers and police and you really feel for her as she gets involved in a houseboat murder.Moving back and forth in time, the characters’ backstories are slowly revealed as Hawkins turns you every which way but loose.

A nosy neighbor, a one-night stand, and a resentful family member, all who are juggling their own secrets and hidden agendas. Yet, a big YET, despite the book being character led, Hawkins uses the characterisations to create a beautifully weighted read.I thought it was so interesting, the way you turned the whole thing around, you know, telling the story backward in some parts and forwards in others, letting us see inside the killer's head—that was so brilliant! Maybe I was expecting to read something similar to her debut : something riveting, more mysterious, exciting, character driven with smart twists and you didn’t see it coming revelations but it was full of crowded unlikable characters and suffering from lack of mystery. I inhaled this novel, a gripping exploration of the damage that secrets can do, Hawkins' writing draws you in from the first word and refuses to let you go until the last.

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