From the first sentence to the last, this explosive, startling novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go.

A Slow Fire Burning confirms Paula as one of the most unique and impressive voices in thriller writing today. It stands out for its unforgettable characters, its knock-you-sideways twists and its sinewy, deeply human story. It delivers a powerful punch of emotion, and is sure to singe and surprise even the most hardened thriller readers.

Fiendishly clever and with a wonderful sense of place too. Go read!’ Kate Mosse. 

Chaired by Liv Chapman

'A Slow Fire Burning is a treat: utterly readable, moving in parts and saturated with the kind of localised detail that made The Girl on the Train so compelling.'  Guardian

'Shocking, moving, full of heart . . . A Slow Fire Burning shows a writer at the height of her powers.' Observer (Thriller of the Month)

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