Hello Bookworms!! It has been so long since I posted a Book Review and had been active on the blog. Been really caught up in life . Sometimes it is fine to take break from your favorite things and just live life and grow. With the lockdown easing and things easing up and enjoying the third year of college. I had some bad days but after every bad day there are good days that make everything worth the hurt and good days feel like sunflower. So I picked up my reading up again and well I am back with a great book review.
A Slow Fire Burning- Paula Hawkins (4.5 stars)
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
A Slow Fire Burning is a return to the twisty twisty murder mystery style that put Hawkins on the map, with a large cast of unlikable, unreliable characters full of secrets and hidden agendas, carefully clipped clues and misdirection. there aren’t any trains this time, but there are SEVERAL boats.
It also features a mystery novelist character who gives a little meta-commentary on the genre as well as roadmap to the novel itself:
It was a book that exposed the way the sympathies of the reader might be manipulated, laying bare how quickly we jump to conclusions about guilt and innocence, power and responsibility.
There’s even a novel-within-the-novel, giving the book an unusual shape Hawkins seems to anticipate will invite criticism, which she cheekily addresses, using the novelist character:
“I thought it was so interesting, the way you turned the whole thing around, you know, telling the story backward in some parts and forwards in others, letting us see inside the killer’s head—that was so brilliant! At first you, like, you don’t know what’s going on, but then it’s just like…woah. So cool. I loved the way you turned everything on its head, playing with our sympathies and empathies and all that business.”
“Really?” Theo laughed, faking incredulity. “I thought everybody thought that was a terrible idea.”
“Well, I didn’t. I thought it was clever. A new way to tell a story like that, makes you think, doesn’t it?”
The title, however, does not describe the book—this fire burns fast—a highly engaging page-turner that whisks the reader to and from—edging close to the truth before shifting the focus away each time in a delicious flurry of NOT YET, MY LOVELIES!
Unsympathetic characters, Unintended consequences, Unexpected connections and MURDER.
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