Catherine Ryan Howard
This review/picture showcases the place I have been locked down for the last 13 months. Please get the vaccine. No one wants to do this any longer.
56 Days is about a couple who start dating before Dublin is under its first COVID-19 lockdown. While it is fast, they decide to move in together for the 2 week lockdown. However, 56 days later one of them ends up dead.
56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.
35 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.
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?
I know that a lot of people have been hesitant to read 56 Days, because it is “too soon” to read anything pandemic-related. However, I have to say that the pandemic is mostly used for context and setting. It is not a focal point of the book. I did not find it triggering or upsetting. However, it did make for a great concept and plot point.
Initially, I found 56 Days to be a little slow. But it did not take long for the suspense to build and to be sucked into the story. I was happy to be surprised by a few of the twists, having made assumptions I was sure were true. Catherine Ryan Howard did an excellent job slowly unfurling the mystery and revealing the surprises in this novel. I also thought the the story was well told in two different timelines by three people. I had no problems keeping any of the story straight, and the unexpected addition of the third perspective definitely added to the novel.
While domestic thrillers have been overdone at this point, 56 Days was different from others I have read. It was nice to actually find one that begins as the relationship does and includes a relationship that is tender and enjoyable to read about. (I cannot read another domestic thriller that is based upon mis- or non-communication.) I was honestly even rooting for a happy ending.
Overall, I enjoyed 56 Days and would recommend it. It is nice to read a book that takes the horrible global pandemic we have been suffering through for so long and make it into a fun mystery. I will being picking up more books by Catherine Ryan Howard in the future.
Mysteries & Thrillers
August 17, 2021