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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473565227
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

A Slow Fire Burning

The addictive new Sunday Times No.1 bestseller from the author of The Girl on the Train


From the author of global phenomenon The Girl on the Train comes a fresh, propulsive new novel. This is the event publication everyone will be talking about in 2021.


'What is wrong with you?'

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.

Look what you started.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473565227
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Paula Hawkins

PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been a global phenomenon, selling almost 20 million copies worldwide. Published in over forty languages, it has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and was a No.1 box office hit film starring Emily Blunt.
Into the Water, her second stand-alone thriller, has also been a global No.1 bestseller.

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Praise for A Slow Fire Burning

A new Paula Hawkins novel is always a cause for celebration. Her books have all the pleasing twists of the noir genre while at the same time having something to say that feels real and complex and true - her women characters feel like someone you actually know.

Louise Doughty

An unflinching look at the damage sparked by grief, loss and betrayal - and the revenge and retribution that ensues. Compelling and intricately plotted, it was its flawed and utterly credible women, and the warmth and wit of their irreverent voices, that I loved the most.

Sarah Vaughan

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

Dark and disturbing, this twisted story with its cast of damaged characters builds to a brilliant conclusion. This one will stay with you for a long time.

Shari Lapena

Paula Hawkins's plotting is meticulous. A Slow Fire Burning is a clever onion of a book, expertly peeled.

Belinda Bauer

From the first sentence to the last, this explosive, startling novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Fiendishly clever and with a wonderful sense of place too. Go read!

Kate Mosse

I inhaled this novel, a gripping exploration of the damage that secrets can do, Hawkins' writing draws you in from the first word and refuses to let you go until the last.

Anna Bailey

Gripping and intriguing, I loved every moment of A Slow Fire Burning. Hawkins goes from strength to strength.

S. J. Watson

A Slow Fire Burning absolutely held me with its compelling, multi-generational cast of women and the brilliantly evoked pathos of damaged lives.

Fiona Barton

A Slow Fire Burning is Paula Hawkins at her best. Here are characters you want to spend time with, living in a world you believe in, and caught up in a plot that holds you in its grip. A thrilling read.

Renée Knight

A truly satisfying, multi-layered maze of a mystery with a cast of flawed characters so real I'm still thinking of them days after I turned the last page.

Tammy Cohen

My Book of the Month, for which I predict big things . . . An intriguing, unputdownable thriller that is as much about the compelling, damaged characters as it is about the intricate plot.

Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

I don't know if this isn't Paula Hawkins' best novel yet. A Slow Fire Burning is superb

Harriet Tyce

A Slow Fire Burning is a hugely gripping, character-based thriller, with great writing and brilliant twists. Highly recommended.

John Boyne

I loved A Slow Fire Burning. 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. The characters were deliciously complex and utterly authentic and that is what has stayed with me the longest - their voices, their fragility, their distinct stories.

Jane Shemilt

With a beautifully wrought cast of characters who are real and likeable even when they are complicated and flawed, a fantastic, picturesque London setting, twists and turns galore and exquisite prose, this is a high class read. Paula Hawkins is a genius.

Lisa Jewell

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

Tense, suspenseful and wholly surprising . . . you won't be able to put it down.


The queen of the psychological thriller is back with her best book yet. It's such an addictive read . . . an absolute must-read


The kind of book that stays with you for days after . . . cleverly plotted, powerful, unputdownable and sure to be another global hit.

My Weekly

Very cunningly structured . . . gets under the skin of a range of interesting characters.

Daily Mirror

Imbued with emotional and personal authenticity ... Sami's story is one that readers will carry with them long after they've turned the final page

NB magazine

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A Slow Fire Burning book club notes

An exciting new thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train to discuss with your book club.

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