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Summary

A brilliantly claustrophobic and twisty thriller from the critically acclaimed author Catherine Ryan Howard.

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

Fifty-six days ago. Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

Thirty-five 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?

©2021 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Catherine Ryan Howard has become my go-to writer for utterly absorbing, original stories with a killer twist and 56 Days delivers all this and more." (Jo Spain, number one best-selling author of The Confession)

"Clever, tender and all too convincing, it's the kind of book you read in one breathless setting to get to the truth." (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said

"An utterly brilliant and completely satisfying pageturner." (Catherine Kirwan)

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Really good news different story

Enjoyed this book, it is clever, topical and held my attention. Each character is well-thought out and the premie is gripping. The only reason I have deducted a star is for the annoying Americanisms such as 'cart' for shopping trolley, 'garbage' for rubbish, 'sneakers' for trainers and 'lobby' for hall/front entrance. I understand the need for the language to be understood in the US but the changing of the Irish vernacular was grating.

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What a brilliant story!

A MUST read! So stunning with the twists and turns. Bittersweet memories of pandemic in Ireland.

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Did we need a book set in pandemic.....hell yeah

I loved this book from start to finish.
My dog got extra long walks so I could keep listening.

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Entertaining with a twist

I liked it and finished it pretty quickly. I thought the performance was great! The story was good, it kept me interested. I new early on that there was going to be a twist but I was surprised by the second twist. The only thing (and the author mentions it in her author's note) is that if you've had enough of hearing about lockdown and want an escape from the pandemic, you might reconsider this book. But I definitely think it's very clever and worth the read.

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Twisty tale keep u guessing.

Perfect narrator. Didn't think I'd enjoy a lockdown based novel but captured that non time perfectly

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So much describing...not much else.

Started off well. I have up as story progressed...so much back and forth...so much description it got tedious and I started to fast forward. The past sections got repetitive and confusing.... I fell asleep attending and was relieved to be finished with this ...the narrator's voice also began to grate.....a shame as could have been so much better

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Solid thriller, great story

Ok everyone, this is a serious bit of fiction in the crime/romance genre. The pace is absolutely perfect and the characters are relatable and well developed. Strongly recommended!!!

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The best mystery/thriller since Gone Girl

I haven’t listened to a book which has been about to rival Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl with the unpredictable twists and turns until now.

This audiobook is an absolute page turner and I tore through it in a couple of days. The narration is great, easy to listen.

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Gripping

A very clever story would recommend. I will certainly be listening to more by Catherine Ryan Howard.

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Fabulous story and fabulous narration

This is a thoroughly entertaining story with a fabulous narrator, it was so enthralling that it kept me up all night, and I have to inform the ill advised reviewer who criticised the narrators accent that the narrator is actually Irish and maybe more people should be aware that Ireland may be a small place but it has a myriad of accents, as do Scotland, Wales and England !

About the story itself, well it's some depressing stuff, I did even find myself feeling terribly sad for both Ciara and for Oliver, I have no idea why some people are complaing about overly descriptive issues, this is normal for this genre, The story is fantastic and well worth a read or a listen (especially a listen as Alana Kerr Collins is a charming narrator) but it IS depressing and ultimately extremely sad .