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A Slow Fire Burning

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It’s deliciously twisty and just when you think everything has been resolved, there’s one more twist waiting. These are out main characters and they connect to each other in ways both predictable and unpredictable. Wickedly dark and gorgeously written, this is a novel you'll be thinking about long after the last delicious pages. 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. Theo Myerson and his wife Carla, who had the start of an incredible marriage, until their young son Ben died accidentally at only 3 years of age.

The characters – all of them – are a pretty dislikeable bunch and I didn’t find myself becoming sympathetic to the cause of any of them. Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Riverhead for this incredible ARC in exchange for mt honest opinion. Inside her a bitter darkness bloomed as she watched, with helpless desperation, her once limitless horizons narrow. And we know that Hawkins loves her unstable female characters whom the reader feels frustrated and sympathy with, in equal measure.

I found the last half of the book to be real good as everything unfolded and came together in some shocking revelations. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Looking up at the bridge above the canal, she thought she might have seen someone, just for a moment, but then they were gone, and she was alone, gripped by paralyzing fear.

It looks like a contemporary fiction about crowded and very unlikable characters’ connections with each other! Pages later, we meet Miriam, who lives on a houseboat in London’s Regent’s Canal and “likes to keep an eye on things. Superbly told, its twists and turns reveal the slow fire burning inside each which might just destroy them. A short review on this one (I have read too many books on holiday on top of a backlog of reviews I already have.

The story is narrated in the POV of various characters with each of them elucidating their innocence.

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