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A Slow Burning Fire By Paula Hawkins

A Slow Burning Fire‘A Slow Burning Fire’ 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 Burning Fire’ is a terrific return to Paula’s writing and is the perfect thriller to get absorbed in.

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

The Anniversary By Laura Marshall

The‘The Anniversary’ is the latest book by Laura Marshall.

On 15th June 1994, Travis Green – husband, father, upstanding citizen – walked through the streets of Hartstead and killed eleven of his neighbours. The final victim was four-year-old Cassie Colman’s father. As the twenty-five year anniversary approaches, Cassie would rather forget the past – even as her mother struggles to remember it at all. Then something hidden in her mother’s possessions suggests those eleven murders were not what everyone believes. Once Cassie suspects she’s been lied to about the most important event of her life, she can’t stop digging up the past. But someone will do anything to keep it buried.

Laura’s debut novel called ‘Friend Request’ was an epic debut that I absolutely adored and her second book is just as gripping.

The story is seen through perspective of Cassie, who as a child witnessed a terrible tragedy. Now 25 years later, back home as a new mother and dealing with her mother’s dementia, Cassie is approached by an investigative journalist wanting to write an article about the massacre that hit the town 25 years ago, bringing up new memories and emotions.

I loved this book and it was just gripping as Laura’s debut. Laura’s has a skill of creating female leads that are both fascinating and unreliable, so this makes the story gripping and a fast paced read, especially at the speed I read it!

Cassie is under a lot of stress with her mother’s illness and a new baby, she’s tired and on edge and is occasionally unable to know what’s real and imagined. As the past is brought up, she’s riddled with doubt and as she and the journalist become targeted as they look into retelling the past, she begins to fear for her life.

Another thrilling and twisted book from Laura that packs a punch of an ending that I read in one sitting, ‘The Anniversary’ is absolutely addictive and makes for a thrilling psychological story.

You can buy ‘The Anniversary’ from Amazon and other good bookshops.

The Therapist By Helene Flood

The Therapist‘The Therapist’ is the latest book by Helene Flood.

A voicemail from her husband tells Sara he’s arrived at the holiday cabin. Then a call from his friend confirms he never did. She tries to carry on as normal, teasing out her clients’ deepest fears, but as the hours stretch out, her own begin to surface. And when the police finally take an interest, they want to know why Sara deleted that voicemail. To get to the root of Sigurd’s disappearance, Sara must question everything she knows about her relationship.

If you’re a fan of Scandi noir, then ‘The Therapist’ is for you.

The story is seen through the narrative of teenage psychologist Sara who’s husband is found dead in a forest. Sara is confused about his death as he was meeting friends and he had phoned her to tell him that he had met them whereas they had said he had never turned up. Now Sara finds herself embroiled in an investigation and questioning her relationship.

Right from the start this book is a haunting and thrilling story, from the vivid description of the desolate house that was potentially to be filled with happiness but remains unfinished and is now an empty shell and further from the dream that Sara imagined. But as the story progresses, we seen an interesting insight into Sara, how she helps teenagers mental health and also her own battles with mental health.

I loved the steady pace of the story and the underlying tension throughout ramped at all the right moments to keep the reader engaged throughout.

This is Helene’s debut novel and it was fantastic introduction to a new author. Sara is a fascinating character, her past and present life make for intriguing reading as she begins to unpick her life, Helene’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric and sets the scenes vividly and keeps the readers attention with engaging dialogue.

Gripping from the first page, ‘The Therapist’ is a psychological thriller that was suspenseful, engaging and ticked all the boxes for a great thriller.

You can buy ‘The Therapist’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Falling By T.J. Newman

Falling‘Falling’ is the latest book by T.J Newman.

You just boarded a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard. What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane. Enjoy the flight.

If you enjoy your thriller fast paced and on the edge of your seat, then ‘Falling’ is the book for you.

This fast paced thriller is seen through multiple narratives as Captain Bill Hoffman has been put in the terrible position of a having to choose between the lives of his family when they are taken hostage or crash a plane full of innocent people. The story follows Bill as he struggles with this decision and the battle of morals, save those closest to him or save strangers. Bill confides in one of his air hostess’s Jo, a woman who he has worked with for a number of years and they’re determined not to let the bad guys win. Back on the ground, Jo’s nephew is trying to prove his worth as a FBI agent and when Jo asks for his help, he’s determined to rescue Bill’s wife Carrie and their two children.

Another interesting addition to the story, is the back love story to Carrie and Bill as Bill reflects on their relationship.

The story is fast paced and written through the various narratives only adds to its suspense. ‘Falling’ is a battle of emotions and morals in this rollercoaster of the story as you join someone as they are forced to make the hardest decision of their life.

You can buy ‘Falling’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Don’t Let Him In By Howard Linskey

Don't Let Him In‘Don’t Let Him In’ is the latest book by Howard Linskey.

Eriston is a small town. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name – and your secrets. Rebecca hasn’t been back in years, but she grew up in the shadow of the dark local legend. There have always been deaths in Eriston – more than can easily be explained. People dying in their houses, behind locked doors. Her father Sean had always warned her of the dangers. Don’t let him in. When Rebecca returns, she discovers that her father wasn’t willing to let the legend lie. He was on the verge of uncovering the town’s darkest truth. He thought he was on the trail of a killer. Sean knew too much. Now he’s dead.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Howard and it was a fantastic introduction to a new author.

Written from the perspective of Rebecca Cole, she returns home after the sudden death of her father. What was suspected to be natural causes, Rebecca thinks otherwise when it’s revealed that her father was writing a story about ‘The Chameleon’, a man that has terrorised the small seaside town for years, killing women and their disappearances. A journalist like her father, Rebecca decides to carry on his story and help solve the mystery unaware that she’s being watched and that her life is now on a countdown.

This is a classic psychological thriller, that I immediately sank into. Rebecca is a great character, she’s a strong woman who refuses to become a statistic and won’t stop until she discovers the truth. It’s interesting to see her return to her home town and reignite old friendships and relationships.

The story is quite vividly written and Howard portrays the seaside town with the desolate lighthouse wonderfully and it’s so atmospheric and eerie. The story is packed with characters, some incredibly unlikable like the DC Hall, who’s less honourable in his job and Connor Owen who’s keen to buy Rebecca’s family home for developments. One character who’s particularly fascinating is DI Green, who’s been obsessing with the cases for years and wants to work with Rebecca on the information that he’s found. He’s interesting in the respect that his colleagues don’t like him and find his behaviour strange.

I really enjoyed this book and the pace that it flowed at, the chapters are short and engaging and there’s continuous twists and reveals that really hooked my attention. Howard has also included short narratives from ‘The Chameleon’ and I found myself really studying these parts looking for clues and comparing them against the characters in the book. It also shone a light in police procedures and how corrupt it can be when someone vulnerable can easily become the scapegoat for a crime purely based on convenience and not actual evidence.

A suspenseful and eerie story that will have you double-checking the locks before going to bed, ‘Don’t Let Him In’ is the perfect psychological thriller to get lost in.

You can buy ‘Don’t Let Him In’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.