Publisher Corvus Books
Published in Hardback and EBook August 19th
Number of pages 424
I was totally thrilled when a copy of this book came through my letter box. I really enjoyed Rewind and thought The Nothing Man was a fantastic read, so I really couldn’t wait to dive into this new one.
Huge thanks to the author and the publisher for my gorgeous hard back copy. I love the cover and the broken glass effect really jumps out. Continue reading for my review.
No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.
56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.
35 DAYS AGO
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?
Oliver and Ciara meet just before the first lockdown in Dublin Ireland. Not wanting to be apart but also wanting to comply to the rules and regulations set by the lockdown period, they decide to move into together. It suits them well, even at this early stage, as neither seem keen to share this new relationship with any friends or family. Living in Oliver’s apartment, but keeping Ciara’s on, as it’s only for 2 weeks…..right?
Catherine Ryan Howard perfectly uses the pandemic and lockdown experience in this new utterly gripping thriller.
56 Days is a great blend of fully realised and believable characters, well thought out plot and story line, a police procedural and thriller genre and brilliant twists and suspense to make this another unputdownable read.
My first read where the recent lockdown is used in the story and I felt the author pitched it just right. Wonderfully describing that first experience of empty streets, queues for the supermarket, empty shelves and isolated living but without making it too full on, on fear of the virus etc, to want not to read a book like this just yet. The way it is weaved within the story line, making it a large devise of the plot works fantastically.
As the synopsis tells us, we are aware of a dead body found in Oliver’s flat at the very start of the book, but we do not know who it is until much later on. Investigations begin, by Detective Inspector Leah Riordan and Detective Sergeant Karl Connolly (loved these characters) and with the book divided up into chapters from the perspective of Oliver, Ciara and Leah we are slowly revealed the true story behind these two main characters. Chapters are headed today, and various times from just before and during the lockdown. As the different time settings switch back and forth the story grows and so does the readers understanding of the back stories of Oliver and Ciara. Along with this the suspense and wonderful tension created in this novel kept me totally absorbed.
This author always has the ability to grab my attention right from the very first chapter, but most importantly holds it there until the very end. My third of her books now and I loved the mention of The Nothing Man slipped into the pages of this new one.
A recommended read from me and if you haven’t read any of Catherine’s books before, do! Grab one, any one! You won’t be disappointed.