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56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE: 17 August 2021

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Format: E-ARC

Source: NetGalley



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?





Thankyou to Blackstone Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.


Ciara and Oliver have only just met when Covid-19 sends Ireland into lockdown, but faced with not being allowed to see each other at all, or moving in together, so they’re one household, they choose the latter.  Besides, Ciara’s apartment is tiny and wouldn’t it be nice to see where their relationship goes without any outside influences for a few weeks?  But both Ciara and Oliver have secrets from their past they don’t want anyone to know – especially Oliver.  56 days later, the police find one of them dead in Oliver’s apartment.  What happened and why? 

This is the first book I’ve read that actually focuses on the pandemic.  I’ve read some where it’s mentioned, but this one uses it as the main setting of the story and it was so unique!  There were some truly shocking twists on top of twists in this book, that I didn’t see coming at all.   I flicked back and forward between feeling sorry for Oliver and yelling at Ciara to get out of there.  The lengths that Oliver had to go to, in order to keep his secret and keep himself out of the spotlight, made for such a tense and intriguing story.  

56 Days jumps back and forward between the present day (where detectives are dealing with the crime scene and investigating whether the death was an accident) and a countdown from the day Ciara and Oliver met.  I absolutely loved having to piece together all the threads and secrets, especially since they were slowly revealed, from characters I was never sure whether they were reliable or not.  I was obsessively reading with saucer eyes by the end!

If you love twisty thrillers, add this one to your TBR!





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