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A Slow Fire Burning

By: Paula Hawkins
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The scorching Sunday Times number one best seller from the author of The Girl on the Train.

Penguin presents the audio edition of A Slow Fire Burning, read by Rosamund Pike.

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.

©2020 Paula Hawkins (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Shocking, moving, full of heart.... Laced with humour and packed with moments of sheer horror, A Slow Fire Burning shows a writer at the height of her powers." (Observer, Thriller of the Month) 

"Superbly told, its twists and turns reveal the slow fire burning inside each which might just destroy them. Utterly compelling." (Daily Mail)  

"Fast-paced, highly charged and carried off with so much confidence that it is impossible to resist." (Sunday Times)

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Hawkins Delivers

Slow Fire Burning is fantastic; plenty of twists, and interesting characters. Pike's narration really rocks.

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Loved this book

Twists and turns and complex characters and so beautifully read thank you! Would recommend for sure 🤗

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Slow start. But worth it. Excellent narration

Rosamund Pike brought each character to life with superb narration. l was a tad perplexed at the start and had to begin a again to catch all the threads. Resolves superbly at the end.

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My best Audible listen so far

Amazing twisty story , great characters especially Laura and Irene and just brilliant narration. The best Ive heard so far. Highly recommended

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Smart convoluted story - brilliantly read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this very clever and humorously told story. What added to it was the amazing voice and acting talents of Rosalind Pike. Altogether - an extremely rewarding experience.

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Good read, excellent narration

Liked the twists and personalities and how characters were brought into the story line. Narrator mastered so many character voices superbly. Probably enjoyed Girl on a Train more but enjoyed this too.

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Slow Fire Burning


I loved this book. certainly will read another from this author. liked the characters and reader.

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Brilliantly

Wow Paula did not disappoint this was get again an exceptional novel and from someone who went to the same school.

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The narration makes this story

Thoroughly enjoyed the audio production. Rosalind brings the characters to life with distinct personality. Not sure how this would read as the story flits constantly between different points of view. But as an audio book I was hooked.

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A real page turner.

Loved it. A real 'page turner' that had you guessing right until the end. Great narration too.

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