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  • A Slow Fire Burning

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  • Written by: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (287 ratings)

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A Slow Fire Burning

Written by: Paula Hawkins
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
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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

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER
INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2021 BY Marie Claire • Amazon • NPR

"The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you—and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book's ending."The New York Times Book Review

"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

"The unreliable narrator is a hallmark of many a thriller, but this book is a master class in not knowing who to believe. . . . Paula Hawkins' universe weaves together memory, imagination, wishful thinking and delusion to create a painful yet propulsive murder mystery in which no one comes out with their hands completely clean." —NPR

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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.

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Very well-read and intriguing

Interesting characters and multiple stories coming together to weave a novel full of mystery and emotion.

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Phenomenal narration/depressing story

Rosamund Pike's narration can raise the bar of any story & she did a fantastic job with this title. While I have previously enjoyed this author's books, I found this story downright depressing. I was committed to finishing it and hoped it would improve, however it didn't - not for me.

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Sadly didn't love the story

I didn't like any of the characters, so it was hard to connect to the book.. there was no one to root for. I did finish the book as I was curious to see how it ended.

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Very Satisfying Listen

Love Rosamund Pike — this was another addictive listen and a satisfying journey. Rosamund Pike has the most soothing voice and her different accents and characterizations made the story come to life. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much to read, but the audiobook is fabulous.

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Extraordinary- one of the best audio books

Rosmund Pike was brilliant- story was so clever and the book in and of itself was genius- layer the ridiculously talented Rosamund pike who flawlessly goes from character to character, each with their own personality and this is 6 out of 5. Paula Hawkins is so masterful in weaving a complex web and landed this ending so perfectly- this equates to one of the most enjoyable books I’ve listened to to-date. Thank you and bravo!

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Interesting.

Beautifully read such great feeling. The book is okay but some of the twists I saw easily. Still a "fun" read

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I couldn't wait to listen

I enjoyed this book. The narration was outstanding.
It was a bit confusing in the beginning with the introduction of all the characters, but once you get to know each character, you really want to know what happens to them next.
I would highly recommend this book.

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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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