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Slow Burning Lies - A Dark Psychological Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Ray Kingfisher
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Book Description

A coffee shop in Chicago is just closing. The last waitress goes to lock up.
But a man appears at the door, desperate to talk to her, to tell her Patrick’s story. He says she is the only person he can trust.

The waitress decides to let him come in, and he tells her a twisting tale of a man driven to the edge of madness by evil dreams.

But just who is Patrick? Some poor demented soul still suffering somewhere?
Or the man sitting in front of her?

Slow Burning Lies – a dark and intriguing psychological thriller.

(Contains offensive language and violent scenes)

(approx. 88,000 words)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1094 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ray Kingfisher cut his writing teeth with many prize-winning short stories, the best of which are contained in 'Tales of Loss and Guilt', sixteen stories ranging from thrillers to comedies to dramas. Two of these, 'Guilt's Beady Eye' and 'The Lucky One', are available as standalone short stories, which are usually free.

The novels Ray has gone on to write are also wide-ranging in genre.

His debut novel was 'Matchbox Memories', a bittersweet comedy drama dealing with Alzheimer's, estranged families and long hidden secrets.
(That's right - a comedy about Alzheimer's disease.)

He followed this up with 'Slow Burning Lies', a dark and twisting psychological thriller about a man haunted by nightmares.

His third novel, 'Easy Money', was a ribald comic farce about a man who stumbles upon half a million pounds in used notes.

His most recent two novels are both themed around the Holocaust and its long-lasting effects.
'The Sugar Men', is about an elderly woman who survived Bergen-Belsen as a child, and traces her as she revisits the scene later in life in an attempt to come to terms with her memories. It's essentially a novel based on the short story 'The Lucky One'.
'Rosa's Gold' concerns a troubled young girl who stumbles upon the war memoirs of an old man who survived Auschwitz, and examines the effect his words have on her own life.

Ray hopes to write more thrillers and a third Holocaust novel in the future, but his next two novels will both be comedies which break new ground in radical silliness. Hopefully both will be released in 2015.

Ray lives in Hampshire and welcomes any feedback (positive or negative) his readers might wish to leave at:

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still getting my breath back! 26 Feb. 2013
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've just finished this book and I'm still getting my breath back! It's a story about dreams, about identity, about childhood influences and fractured relationships. It's rather amazing. For most of the book, the narrator is a man telling his own incredible story and we are largely unaware of who he is. We, and his listener, suspect he is the man called Patrick, the subject of the story. As the book progresses, it becomes very dark, rather unsettling and a bit frightening in its intensity. What's happening to Patrick? Is he dreaming the future? Are his dreams real? He confides in his boss at work, in spite of his misgivings.

This is a tense and tightly woven story told by one character to another. We only realise why he has chosen to tell his tale to this particular person in the last few pages of the story and at that point I felt my own pulse racing. As the book progressed I found myself wondering what was going on, beginning to get the picture and finally wondering if it really could happen. Ray Kingfisher is a new writer to me but he has a very readable style and I enjoyed his imagination. I'm certainly going to look at more of his work in the near future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burning Lies 14 Feb. 2013
By Joo
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Slow burning lies opens with a man entering a coffee shop at closing time and wanting to tell the waitress Patrick's story about his very bad dreams.

This is a very intriguing book. Are Patrick's dreams real? Are the dreams in the dreams real? Is Patrick going mad? Or are there other things afoot? There are so many questions as you go along, you are wondering what is real and what is not.

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and the tension was ramped up, with surprises thrown in now and again to make you re-evaluate what you already thought.

Having read a few of Ray Kingfisher's books now, he's definitely an author that I'll keep an eye out for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills and Chills 20 Mar. 2013
By Ashrae
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Well, this was a bit of a rollercoaster ride... As the reader, we take the part of the waitress, learning the story as it is told to her by the stranger.
A story which I found to be pretty much perfectly paced. The information is drip fed giving enough to keep my interest but at the same time allowing me time to formulate my own ideas and try to fill in the gaps myself.
The pace builds as the action and intrigue hots up - what is real, what isn't, who is who and why is this all happening - and then suddenly it all makes perfect (if a little disturbing) sense with a twist that, although it at first appears to come from nowhere, you realise that the pointers were there all along albeit subtly...
The characters were all well formulated and so well written that I was sucked into believing things that skewed my own perception of what was right and wrong during the story. Well, it is a story wrapped round identity and manipulation after all.
All in all, an excellent example of a psychological thriller. An author to keep my eye on, methinks...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating twists and turns 23 May 2013
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Who is the mysterious stranger who barges his way into the closing café and insists on telling the waitress a story? Who is the waitress, and why does he pick her to be his audience?

We don't find out the answers to these questions until the near the end; meanwhile, the stranger tells the story of Patrick, a computer programmer who suffers from vivid and disturbing dreams. His dreams seem to take over his life, and then start to impact on reality. We wonder what is real and what is the dream? Is he mad, and why is his boss taking such an understanding view of his erratic behaviour?

We suspect who Patrick is as the book progresses, but this does not make the story any easier to read, in fact, it gets more intense and difficult to accept as it goes on considering the evil that is behind it.

Great, original story with a twisting, fascinating plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 13 May 2013
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An attractive easy read. Quite gritty with a surprising conclusion. Kingfisher has produced an interesting novel with twists and turns throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline 20 May 2013
By Tracey
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I enjoyed this book and found the ending surprising which is always a good thing when reading a thriller! Would definitely buy from this author again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great read! 30 Dec. 2013
By surly
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Very good book, lots and lots of twists and turns. A real page turner and would defo recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book 23 Dec. 2013
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another book I am looking forward to reading, read the sample chapters got me gripped, waiting to read it soon
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didnt read much of this. just couldnt get into it. Have brought 2 other psychological books recently & they were cant put down books. very disapointing. (for me anyway)
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