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A Slow Fire Burning

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So this, added to the complicated way in which the story is told, had the effect of distracting me to the point I’d put the book down and not pick it up again for some time. A Slow Fire Burning is another slow burn with a lot of characters but it is so well constructed that it is worth sticking with. As if someone else wrote it, chapter 30 was my favourite one, where I asked why couldn’t have been like that throughout the book? There are unreliable and unlikeable characters, a book within a book and plenty of twists and turns. We have the nosy neighbour who had found the body, a young woman who’d had a recent one night stand on the victim's boat and an aunt who seems to be nursing a whole bag of resentment, for reasons we are to discover later.

From the first sentence to the last, this explosive, startling novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Like the three parts of a braid, the stories of the three women in A Slow Fire Burning come together and are interwoven into one. This was this month’s book club pick, and I loved The Girl on the Train by the same author, which I read some time ago a couple of times, which is quite unusual for me, so I was really excited to get my hands on a copy, so much so that I bought myself a hardcover copy thinking I would love it. I thought the title was very apropo because of the slow burn of anger, hatred, jealousy and deceit brewing within these characters.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. With a brain injury that left her volatile and troubled, Laura stormed off Daniel’s boat after a one-night stand.

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.This article comes from Saturday, the new print magazine from the Guardian which combines the best features, culture, lifestyle and travel writing in one beautiful package. The ingenious beginning snared me and I was held by the subtly powerful plot, such a difficult thing to do well and here, seemingly effortless.

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