Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor
Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor

Sarah Finnan

The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal
The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal

Erin Lindsay

‘You’re suddenly painfully aware of the fragility of all that is being asked of you as a mother’
‘You’re suddenly painfully aware of the fragility of all that is being asked of you...

Amanda Cassidy

What you need to know about Olivia Rodrigo and that plagiarism backlash
What you need to know about Olivia Rodrigo and that plagiarism backlash

Jennifer McShane

One of our readers’ favourite Irish homes from ‘IMAGE interiors’ is now on the market
One of our readers’ favourite Irish homes from ‘IMAGE interiors’ is now on the market

Lauren Heskin

Naomi Osaka has just launched her own skin care brand, specifically for people of colour
Naomi Osaka has just launched her own skin care brand, specifically for people of colour

Sarah Finnan

We love the warm tones and sculptural details of this Sandymount extension
We love the warm tones and sculptural details of this Sandymount extension

Megan Burns

Women’s education bursary set up in memory of the late Marian Finucane
Women’s education bursary set up in memory of the late Marian Finucane

Sarah Finnan

What to do when your career goes to plan but you’re still not happy
What to do when your career goes to plan but you’re still not happy

Colette Sexton

‘Don’t Look Up’ may have the best cast of just about any movie, maybe ever
‘Don’t Look Up’ may have the best cast of just about any movie, maybe ever

Sarah Finnan

Image / Living / Culture

‘The Girl on the Train’ author has a new terrifying thriller out this month


by Sarah Finnan
24th Aug 2021

The Girl on the Train

blank

Make sure ‘A Slow Fire Burning’ by Paula Hawkins – the woman behind the uber-popular 'The Girl on the Train' – is on your release radar.

Watching a thriller on the big screen is one thing, reading one is always much worse though, at least in my experience anyway. Films allow for a certain amount of insinuation; not everything has to be shown on screen for you to know what’s going on and if things get particularly scary, you can always look away or peek through your fingers while one eye remains firmly on the nearest exit door. 

Books don’t offer such luxuries. Everything must be explicitly stated so there’s no escaping the terror. That being said, it’s a genre that many readers thoroughly enjoy and Paula Hawkins’ new book is sure to delight if you count yourself amongst the thriller lovers. 

A Zimbabwe-born British author, Hawkins is probably best known for her best-selling psychological novel The Girl on the Train. First published back in 2015, the book enjoyed overwhelming success upon its release and has even been made into two subsequent movies – one starring Emily Blunt, the other out this year with Parineeti Chopra as the lead. 

Centred on the narratives of three different women, the novel deals with topics such as emotional abuse, betrayal and the overarching theme that not everything is always as it appears. 

Now back with yet another thriller to grip us all by the lapels, A Slow Fire Burning will hit bookshelves early next week. Following the same highly engaging format as The Girl on the Train, the new book also centres on the lives of three women – all tied to a man found murdered in a London houseboat and all harbouring their own resentments and secrets.  

The Girl on the Train

Described by Penguin Random House as “both a compelling story and a prescient look at our times”, the book comes four years after Hawkins’ last release. And fans have been positively falling over themselves in anticipation. Only her third novel under her own name (she’s penned many others, mostly romances, under a pseudonym), it keeps readers guessing up until the very end and “only a clairvoyant could anticipate [its] ending” according to The New York Times. 

As per the book summary: 

“When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbour clearly keeping secrets from the police. 

“Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. 

“How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smoulder before they explode into flame?”

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term “thriller”, A Slow Fire Burning will be available to buy from August 31. 

Also Read

interiors items currently on sale
INTERIORS
21 interiors items currently on sale, perfect for a home update

Everything from bedroom updates to living room accessories.

By Megan Burns

blank
INTERIORS, FOOD & DRINK
Clever food storage ideas to reduce your single-use plastics

We’re all aware of the need to use less plastic, especially when there are simple alternatives, so we’ve rounded up...

By Megan Burns

Japanese dessert
FOOD & DRINK
Want to spice up your dessert repertoire? These Japanese baked yoghurt with blood orange and crunchy brown rice will be a hit

Simple to make, this delicious Japanese dessert can be prepared in advance for a visually striking, fresh finish to a...

By Meg Walker

london townhouse
INTERIORS, TRAVEL
A London townhouse tour of V&A tastemaker Harriet Anstruther

Peer around this six-story 1840s London townhouse in leafy Kensington, home to interior designer and V&A board member, Harriet Anstruther....

By IMAGE Interiors & Living

blank
FOOD & DRINK
4 gin cocktails everyone should try at least once, according to a mixologist

Calling all gin lovers! Mixologist and Hendrick’s Gin global ambassador Ally Martin gives us an insider’s guide to the best...

By Shayna Sappington

Sex Education season 3
CULTURE
Netflix just confirmed the ‘Sex Education’ season 3 premiere date and it’s very soon

Filming on season three of ‘Sex Education’ wrapped back in May, which means that the countdown to its premiere has...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
CULTURE
5 must-reads we can’t wait for this autumn

A new season means a new selection of books to devour. Here’s a selection we can’t wait for. Beautiful World,...

By Jennifer McShane