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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

New York Times Best Seller

Years ago someone lit a match....

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 doesn't mean Laura is 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 and no thing: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace?

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

Look what you started.

©2021 Paula Hawkins (P)2021 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"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, number one best-selling author of The Push)

"Paula Hawkins returns to the fertile ground of twisty murder mysteries with A Slow Fire Burning.... It's a satisfying whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end." (Vogue

"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) 

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Riveting

A tightly written, suspenseful, thoroughly satisfying and thrilling read. I could not stop listening. Rosamund Pike’s narration is superb as she captures the nuances of each character brilliantly. Hold onto your hat - it’s an exhilarating ride!

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Outstanding narration, terrific story.

The story is tight, suspenseful, often heart-breaking and with just enough humour to give you a chance to catch your breath. Rosalind Pike is a brilliant narrator. She gives each character a voice (literally) without being cartoonish, and has fantastic dramatic pacing. So many audiobooks are ruined by lessened reading. This story may actually be improved, although I don’t want to take away from Paula Hawkins fantastic story, wonderful characters, and crackling plot twists!

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Too Many Characters

I liked this book more as it went along and I could figure out who was who. I found all the characters confusing. Sometimes, could not figure out how they fit into the story. As I write this, the story was so inconsequential to me that I can't even remember it.