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A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning

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She dropped the bra on the floor too, clambered into the bathtub, and turned on the shower, then stood shivering under the paltry trickle of scalding water (her shower offered a choice of very hot or very cold, nothing in between). A child tragedy, a terrifying abduction and an accusation of plagiarism all play their part in solving the murder investigation. I just put it down to the mental instability of the murderer and all the supporting cast members in this long, drawn out drama.

The barge was a mess-paint peeling, lintels rusted, chimney all a skew-while he himself looked much too clean for canal life.

The author decided to create a slow burn mystery which could be helpful to build high tension and increase the expectations of the readers as the pace gets faster at the second half. It was the pacing and the large cast of unlikable and unreliable narrators that bogged this one down for me a bit. 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. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been a global phenomenon, selling 23 million copies worldwide. 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.

The various characters and their backstories were interesting, but the reason for the crime still escapes me: I really had to suspend my disbelief to accept the summing up. The first half of the book was a bit slow and it took some time to figure out each character's personality and how it played into the storyline. Set along a stretch of Regent’s Canal, Hawkins has created an exquisite sense of place (there’s even a helpful illustrated map… there’s the Sekforde Arms! A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human.We also are given glimpses into small segments of a best selling mystery written by one of the characters. Some people come and go regularly; they have a patch, a stretch of the water they like to cover, so you get to know some of them. When a young man is found brutally murdered in his houseboat, an investigation immediately ensues and we are introduced to three main suspects, all females who each seem to have plenty of motive, opportunity and means to commit the heinous crime! But the reason I frame it in this way is that it came and went before I’d realised that that's what it was. 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 .

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