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A Slow Fire Burning By Paula Hawkins

A Slow Burning Fire‘A Slow Fire Burning’ is the latest book by author of ‘The Girl On The Train’, Paula Hawkins.

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, that doesn’t mean she’s 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: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace? Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill.

It’s been a while since a new book by Paula Hawkins, so excitement was high when ‘A Slow Burning Fire’ was announced.

I absolutely adored ‘The Girl On The Train’, it had everything that gripped my attention, an unreliable protagonist with suspense building with each page and the latest book was just as thrilling.

The story is seen through multiple narrative after the discovery of a dead body on a boat. As the police investigate various individuals, all with possible motives. Outspoken Laura, who had after an accident as a child has a quick temper and no filter. Carla and Theo who are the aunt and uncle of the victim who both never got over the death of their little child. Miriam, who lives on a riverboat and was the neighbour of the man who was murdered. She’s a loner who never recovered from being abducted with her best friend and was the only survivor whilst Irene is Laura’s neighbour and is the only person who is really there for the volatile young woman and doesn’t judge her behaviour.

The multiple narratives make for fascinating reading in this book, all flawed and all dealing with their internal struggles. I particularly connected with Laura, who once had the world at her fingertips but was let down desperately by those close to her and really struggles to rationalise her thoughts. I loved her vibrancy and her bold behaviour and felt from all the characters she really stood out. I loved the moments with her and Irene, as Irene was unable to have children sees Laura as a daughter and is there for her during the difficult times.

Like Paula’s previous novels, this book flows at a fast pace with short snappy chapters that really pull the reader in. Each narrative gives a further insight into the character and their part and this makes for compelling reading.

With a cleverly crafted plot line that slowly burns to a monstrous bonfire, ‘A Slow Fire Burning’ is a terrific return to Paula’s writing and is the perfect thriller to get absorbed in.

You can buy ‘A Slow Fire Burning’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Paula Hawkins Reveals New Book – A Slow Burning Fire

A Slow Burning FireExciting news for fans of ‘The Girl On The Train’ author Paula Hawkins, as she’s returning to our bookshelves in 2021 with her new book called ‘A Slowing Burning Fire’.

A Slow Fire Burning is a propulsive, twisty thriller which examines the insidious and destructive nature of past trauma. Hawkins deftly upturns expectations as she demonstrates how lives can collide and ultimately how damage can lead to damage.

Paula Hawkins writes: ‘A Slow Fire Burning starts with a brutal murder on a London canal boat. Laura, a likely suspect, is witnessed leaving the scene and for a while it looks like a straightforward case. But what I wanted to explore in this book is the way that no tragedy happens in isolation: an accident in childhood can have ramifications a decade later; trusting the wrong person at the wrong time can derail a life completely. I am interested in the way we become the people we are: how we choose what to hold onto and how those things can wound us.’

Transworld Fiction Publisher Sarah Adams says: ‘I could not be prouder to announce the publication of A Slow Fire Burning. I adore this book, which contains everything readers could possibly want from a Paula Hawkins thriller – a dark plot that grabs you and never lets up, characters that you believe in utterly, incredible pace and knock-you-sideways twists. Paula skilfully balances delicious touches of sharp, knowing humour with deeply affecting storytelling, so that we are powerfully enthralled from first page to last gasp. This confirms Paula as one of the most exciting commercial thriller authors writing today.’

Paula’s agent Lizzy Kremer says: ‘It’s a thrill to be back in Paula Hawkins’ world: a world in which women who refuse to meet society’s expectations are easily blamed, and in which they seek to seize back power over their own stories. I remain in awe of Paula’s giant empathy for those who have suffered and her striking ability to satisfy and also to surprise her readers.’

You can pre-order ‘A Slow Burning Fire’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 31st August 2021.

Into The Water By Paula Hawkins

'Into The Water‘Into The Water’ is the second book by Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of ‘The Girl On The Train’

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool.

‘Into The Water’ is the second book by Paula Hawkins and if you’re expecting another voyeuristic tale about a woman on a train, then you’re in for a surprise, even though the book is about a female protagonist set against a bleak atmosphere with a bewitching plot line, that is where the similarities end.

In book, we meet Julia who returns home after receiving word that her sister, Nel was found dead in a notorious suicide spot. But Jules is convinced, that even though her sister was quite troubled and had a weird fascination with suicide and water, that she wouldn’t kill herself. But, it’s not only Jules who is thinking this, police officers and residents of the town are also wondering what happened at the infamous spot and is there indeed something in the water that making women take their lives.

The story is seen though many narratives, from Jules coming to terms with the death of her estranged sister and the police investigating the case but there is also the inclusion of residents of the town, who also question Nel’s death. There is also a sub story that prior to Nel’s death, a teenage girl called Katie took her life in a similar fashion, the mother’s perspective is included as she struggles to deal with Katie’s death and as the story progresses and delves deeper into past and present narratives that we discover that there was a lot more going on in the two women’s lives, a lot more than the reader is led to believe.

I loved ’The Girl On The Train’ and would even regard it as one of my favourite books, so when I received ‘Into The Water’ I approached it with an open mind and that it was not going to be a sequel to the bestseller and I was right.

The story starts cleverly right at the moment that Jules receives word that her sister is dead and from that point on, the story flows at a fast pace that immediately hooks the reader in. We don’t really meet Nel, we only see her through flashbacks with Jules and she seems quite an unlikeable character, she was popular in school whilst Jules was chubby and naive which Nel seemed to take advantage off. I didn’t really feel much sympathy for Nel, as Jules had painted her in quite a poor light, but as the story flows, we see a different side to her, that I did feel some empathy, as she was quite a troubled and misunderstood woman. Whereas Jules, is a bit of loner, having not really fully recovered from an incident from her childhood.

The many perspectives of the plot line makes for exciting and compelling reading, filled with desperate and helpless characters and set against the bleak background of a dark and troubled town, this moody thriller injected with magic made for unexpectedly gripping reading. Beautifully and descriptively written, with short chapters that made the book impossible to put down, ‘Into The Water’ is a haunting and disturbing tale that is completely different to Paula’s debut and a book I would highly recommend.

You can buy Into the Water from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Paula Hawkins Reveals New Book – Into The Water

'Into The Water Bestselling author of ‘The Girl On The Train’ Paula Hawkins, has released details of her hugely anticipated second novel called ‘Into The Water’.

‘Into The Water’ is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets. With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, ‘The Girl on the Train’, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town.

Once again in ‘Into The Water’, Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.

Paula Hawkins says: “This story has been brewing for a good while. For me there is something irresistible about the stories we tell ourselves, the way voices and truths can be hidden consciously or unconsciously, memories can be washed away and whole histories submerged. Then two sisters appeared, and the novel began to form.”

I’m a huge fan of ‘The Girl On The Train’ and with a synopsis like this, I’m really looking forward to reading ‘Into The Water’.

You can pre-order Into the Water from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd May 2017.

No Alibis Present An Evening With Paula Hawkins And SJ Watson

SJ Watson and Paula Hawkinst
Belfast crime noir bookshop No Alibis, recently presented an author evening with Transworld Books and the publishers brought over two of their biggest selling authors, Paula Hawkins and SJ Watson for an exclusive Q&A.

Paula Hawkins talked about the success of her debut book ‘The Girl On The Train’ which is currently number one, she revealed that Dreamworks have bought the movie rights but no director has been lined up and her first writing attempt was female fiction that went to the dark side.

SJ Watson also revealed that people are surprised that he is a man as both his books have been written through the narrative of a woman and that he was delighted with the cast chosen for the film adaptation of his bestselling debut ‘Before I Go To Sleep’

Both authors were entertaining and witty with their answers and this event was the first time I ever asked a question. I asked Paula, if ‘The Girl On The Train’ was to be adapted for film who would she imagine would play the role of Rachel and she admitted that she would love Cary Mulligan to play her but she might be too young for the role.

A huge thank you to No Alibis for hosting another great event and to Alison Barrow for arranging it.