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A Slow Fire Burning

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I recommend this one for anyone looking for in parts a character study, mystery, suspense/thriller - you won't regret it!

We begin to learn more about him, his unhappy and caustic relationship with his mother, his aunt Carla and others, but don’t really understand him even at the end. We also are given glimpses into small segments of a best selling mystery written by one of the characters. I did get through this quickly due to the short chapters, but it was a disappointing read for me overall.The title, “A Slow Fire Burning” reflects the emotional simmering of the female characters, all who have reasons for revenge. Although fires are usually ferocious and burn fast, I expected a fast-paced book where I would fly through the pages. How about Carla, Daniel’s estranged aunt and the well-to-do ex-wife of plagiarising bestselling crime author Theo Myerson?

As a result she couldn’t help herself getting into trouble with both employers and police and you really feel for her as she gets involved in a houseboat murder. Speechify lets you listen to any text, including all books in the world with the best voices out there! This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021 (this book as well as Survive The Night) so my hopes were HIGH.When a young man is found brutally murdered in his houseboat, an investigation immediately ensues and we are introduced to three main suspects, all females who each seem to have plenty of motive, opportunity and means to commit the heinous crime!

I disagree; Hawkins tells her tale so thoroughly that the pieces are obvious and careful readers will know who did it and why. And the thing was, she'd been meaning to talk to the occupant of that boat, the young man, about overstaying. Not quite it: It was true that she'd seen him a couple of times since he'd moored up, and that she'd clocked him right away for an amateur.This was a very dark story as a whole, and I don't even know that the murder mystery in itself was what I was most intrigued by; the characters however were another thing!

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