Review: 56 Days

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Genre: Suspense


No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.


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?


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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