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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Review: 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

56 Days
by Catherine Ryan Howard

A huge thank you to Blackstone Publishing for this amazing copy.

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date: August 17, 2021
305 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

No one knew they'd moved in together. Now one of them is dead. Could this be the perfect murder?

Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin the same week Covid-19 reaches Irish shores.

When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests that Ciara move in with him. She sees a unique opportunity for a new relationship to flourish without the pressure of scrutiny of family and friends. He sees it as an opportunity to hide who - and what - he really is.

Detectives arrive at Oliver's apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Will they be able to determine what really happened, or has lockdown provided someone with the opportunity to commit the perfect crime?

My Review:

Pandemic books!! Are people ready for these? I'm not so sure about anyone else, but I AM.. except for those weird pandemic smut novels but let's not talk about that. 😉  I was one of those people who watched all the pandemics when things got locked down the very first time in March 2020, anyone else?  I also was SO excited that one of my favorite authors wrote one... and here I give you, 56 Days.

If you started dating someone but still barely knew them, would you move in with them during a two week lockdown so you can try to continue your relationship and also test it at the same time... What better way to get to know someone than basically spending 24/7 with them for two weeks right?  I went in thinking one particular way and then the author kept me guessing at what the heck was happening throughout - I certainly didn't expect some of those turns towards the end. 😮 I will say that for some reason this ran a bit slow for me so I could feel my attention waning in an out at times... I was also really busy this week so I was reading in smaller chunks and that could also be a reason. 🤷 I'm not sure how I felt in how lackadaisical people were considering they were in the beginning of a pandemic.  HOWEVER, I do think at the beginning no one really thought it was real. And at the end of the day, this is more about what was happening between Ciara and Oliver and not about the pandemic happening to them.  That was just a circumstance. 

In any manner, this is my fifth Catherine Ryan Howard novel and I LOVE the references to The Nothing Man in it!  While this may not be my favorite of hers, it is absolutely worth the read.  I would highly recommend The Nothing Man, Distress Signals and The Liar's Girl but honestly, you can't go wrong with any of her books.  So thriller lovers, get to reading. 


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