56 Days By Catherine Ryan Howard Book Review

56 Days By Catherine Ryan Howard. A Fast-Paced Thriller, Filled With Shocking Twists And Turns.

56 Days Catherine Ryan Howard

A riveting thriller 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard was published on 17th August 2021. It is quickly becoming a must-read in the mystery/thriller reading community. This book accomplishes its goal, with an end that is difficult to guess. It has a cast of characters harboring decade-old secrets. Let’s not forget the crazy timeline that goes back and forth. One timeline is from 56 days before the crime, and the other is from the detective, assigned to the case.

The back of the book states-

“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 he is 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?”

The blurb of the book promises a gripping read and a surprising outcome. It has a dual timeline, and all these factors contributed to a gratifying read. Here is a brief summary of this novel

Brief Premise Of The Novel:-

56 days novel begins with a detective named Lee, and her partner Karl, arriving at a crime scene. Lee is a Garda officer, assigned the case at an apartment in Dublin. She and Karl, arrive at the crime scene, only to find a decomposing body in the bathroom of an apartment. The responding officer informed Lee about the body being weeks old. Leading it to be in an advanced state of decomposition.

The body, discovered in the bathroom with a head wound, is a person, out of the two couples. Ciara Or Oliver. A couple who had newly started dating. The ones who moved in with each other during the start of the pandemic.

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  • Ciara Wise is finding jobs in Dublin. She is also working at a tech company.
  • Oliver Kennedy is an architect.
  • And they are both new to Dublin.

These two were standing in the line at Tesco, to buy lunch. The chances of them conversing could be a coincidence, But the unfortunate happens. A conversation between these two about Ciara’s tote bag sparks a shared interest.

After knowing each other, And not wanting to be alone during the pandemic, Olive asks Ciara to move in with him. It starts a huge mess. A mess of discovering each other’s secrets. And a mess that led to the death of a person.

Add a journalist Laura, who is repetitively warning Ciara about Oliver’s fake identity. And we have a concoction of secrets.

Unfortunately, the web of lies starts to unravel. Leading to an end that is both unnerving and satisfying. And with character POV’s that give your head a spin, with all that is hidden beneath. This work of fiction will terrify you to trust people. And it is also the one, that will leave you thinking for nights to come.

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