56 Days, Cat – The Book Review Crew Review

56 days
Catherine Ryan Howard

Published in 2021 August 19
Corvus Books
450 pages

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How would you commit a perfect murder? Could you do that – and leave clean? This question occupies the minds of the heroes for 56 days.

56 days ago, Ciara and Oliver met a cute man. They found each other in the mall, and all thanks to one of the items she carried. Now they are talking about moving together. Only short-lived until they try to cope with the early days of Covid-19.

Now? The police are now investigating the body and I will give you three guesses as to where it was found.

“56 Days” wins the honor of being the first thriller novel I read that was actively created during the pandemic. In the earliest days of the pandemic, 56 days were identified. In a word, it caused a chill because this environment was too limited for me and really increased the impact of the story.

I know this is probably not what all readers will appreciate! Sometimes we want to escape, and that’s not a reminder of last year. Still, I have to thank Catherine Ryan Howard for what she did here.

The 56 days are told from three different perspectives and reveal with caution. The story of Ciara and Oliver takes place primarily in the past (of course, it’s not a distant past – just 56 days ago), and our good detective is stuck in the present trying to figure out what happened.

This changing nature allowed the mystery to hang in the air than it could have otherwise. It kept me on the edge of the seat, trying to guess who, what, why, and how. It entertained me perfectly for the evening.

Cat Wyatt

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