Book review ~ 56 days, Catherine Ryan Howard

56 days
Author : Catherine Ryan Howard
Genre : Mystery
Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
Pages : 450
Release date : 17th August 2021

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?

Yay ! This is the first Covid-related book I’ve read! The plot sounded really promising, but I was afraid reading about Covid would be a little too much for me, as it still isn’t over yet. But nope. It was strangely nice, especially as it’s only the background, and an excuse for the protagonists to go on lockdown together, and not just the whole book yelling COVID ! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

The plot is a little basic death mystery. Two people live together, and one of them ends up dead. Well, there’s a little twist since it’s for lockdown, and no one knows the two have moved together for the occasion. I liked that we get the discovery straight at the beginning, and we follow both what happened before death, and the present, with the police investigating. The author drops little information by little information, and I was kept guessing throughout the whole book. Of course, I had my own theory about what happened, but I ended up being surprise by the last 1/4 of the plot. I couldn’t put it down during that part!

I think the psychology of the characters was quite well done. We get to see the evolution of both Ciara and Oliver, see them dance around secrets, and ultimately, what caused the death. I see the book is 450 pages, but honestly, it read really fast. Time flew while I read, which allows me to say it’s a captivating mystery!

It’s not the gripping/chilling kind of mystery. It’s more cunning than that. It’s an everyday situation, that turns bad slowly. You know, the kind where a neighbour dies, and you realize you didn’t really know them, but you’re like “Oh, they seemed like a great person, we could never have guessed!”. What I mean is it is very anchored in everyday life and reality, which made it somewhat “relatable”. It’s a great recommendation if you enjoy psychological mysteries!

That’s it for today !
Thanks for reading me 🙂
See you soon,
Jade ❤

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