Review: 56 Days

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Genre: Suspense

Synopsis:

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.

TODAY

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?

Thoughts:

Slow moving at first. The back and forth timelines with differing narrators made it a little confusing at times. Halfway the book really picks up. I did have an idea of what was going to happen but there is a surprise twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. This book kept me wanting to read and with only 300 pages I read it pretty quickly. The characters are intriguing and keep you guessing! The addition of COVID did give it a slight spin to it but it wasn’t very prominent. It was the early days of lockdown in this time period. Overall a strong mystery.

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