Tuesday, January 25, 2022

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard


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


When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who - and what - he really is. 


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

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

This was recommended to me by Nicola on Twitter as part of my 12 Friends 12 Books challenge. I’m so glad I listened to her and picked it up. 

At first I was a bit dubious about reading a book about the Pandemic, but that wasn’t going to put me off. The book starts off a little slow, they meet in a supermarket queue, and end up on a few dates. There are subtle hints that Oliver isn’t telling Ciara everything about himself, so when he suggested they move in for lockdown (seeing as they are 2 separate households and can’t visit each other), it got me worried. 

This was actually a really good thriller, one that could have very easily happened during the lockdown which made it so much more scary! I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery as it keeps you guessing the whole way through. There was at least 3 things that I thought I knew but turns out I didn’t. 

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