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56 Days por Catherine Ryan Howard
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56 Days (original 2021; edição 2021)

por Catherine Ryan Howard (Autor)

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Título:56 Days
Autores:Catherine Ryan Howard (Autor)
Informação:Blackstone Publishing (2021), Edition: Unabridged, 450 pages
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56 Days por Catherine Ryan Howard (2021)

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Well, I bought the hype. Read a 3 sentence gushing mini recommendation of "a great summer read", "the tension builds", blah, blah, blah. First off, it's Flashback City, forward, backward....sometimes it even fashes back to today. Sometimes flashbacks work beautifully for me. Not this time. Especially, when they repeated Oliver and Ciara's not-so-cute-meet in the grocery store. Then there's our girl-boy cop team; they're not very cute either, even when being a smidge flirty. So, four main characters, don't care for any of them.

There's a body. We're not even sure if there's a murder. There's no evidence of anything and it takes the cops a while to put it togehter but they don't seem to be certain it's murder. Nor if they can sell their theory to the super. (Yawn). There was a killing some years ago, the criminals were caught and convicted and imprisoned. Oh, did I mention all this gets revealed with an amazing lack of tension. At about 50%, you realize you've got a clunker in hand. Finish it or cut your losses? I made the wrong decision and read every last boring word, based on all the hype that sucked me earlier and the galaxy of stars from Amazon readers. Ugh, who can I trust these days??? Not recommended. ( )
  maneekuhi | Aug 31, 2021 |
I had read reviews of this novel, warning that it was set during and based on the circumstances of the first Covid lockdown and that it might be 'too soon' for some readers. I would echo that -it was a strange read and somehow a bit close to home (not that I moved in with a man I barely knew during the first lockdown and no one has died in my home).

So Ciara moves in with Oliver when Covid hits Dublin because forming a household is the only way they can go on seeing each other, since Oliver is a strict rule follower. A few weeks later a decomposing body is discovered in his apartment. This is not a spoiler - the time line jumps around all over the place, so we know this from the beginning. I enjoyed the 'Today' sections and the banter between the police officers Lee and Karl. The chapters from the perspectives of Oliver and Ciara allowed secrets to be slowly revealed, but the broad strokes of what was going on became clear to me quite early on. Although there was a bit of a twist at the end, it was a little underwhelming and the overlapping of perspectives led to an increasing amount of repetition.

I prefer other novels by this author. ( )
  pgchuis | Aug 22, 2021 |
At this point, I can definitely say that I'm a fan of Catherine Ryan Howard. I think this is the third book I've read by her (yes, I'm too lazy to check...) and I've enjoyed them all.

I had mixed feelings about reading a book set during a lock-down period due to COVID-19 because, well, at this point it seems as though we're never going to be rid of this virus and I'm fairly tired of hearing about it. But the fact that I've read the author before and been happy with the results, I bit the bullet and requested the ARC for the ebook.

I went along pretty well for the first 20-30% of the book but started to lose the desire to keep going so I put it down for a bit. Picked it up a few times, read some lines, and put it back down. Then I saw the audiobook was available for request on NetGalley and thought that would be just the thing to get me back into the groove. And it did. I listened to the last 70% in about 24 hours and can happily report that I ended up liking the book quite a bit.

The thing with 56 Days is that absolutely nothing is quite what it seems. I can't give a lot of detail - read the blurb for basic stuff - because anything I would say is a potential spoiler and it's really best if you experience it for yourself. If you're an audiobook person, definitely go with that. The narrator does a good job.

There were a few points where my BS meter really started to ping but, overall, those bits didn't take too much away from the book as a whole. If you've enjoyed any of the author's other works, I think you'll like this one. Or if you haven't but enjoy imaginative mysteries, give it a shot!

Thanks to the publisher for letting me try both versions of the book. It made a big different! And NetGalley - thank you too. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 18, 2021 |
56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard is a very highly recommended murder mystery set in Ireland during the 2020 lockdown.

What would you do if you started a new relationship and the attraction was mutual. You both think this new relationship has potential - and then the whole world shuts down. Should you shelter together during the lock down? This is the story of Ciara and Oliver, who met in a grocery store fifty-six days ago. Their first date is the week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores. Thirty-five days later they learn the country is shutting down and they decide to live together in Oliver's larger apartment. Today a decomposing body has been found in Oliver's apartment. Now the police need to uncover what happened.

The writing and the pacing are excellent. I was totally engrossed in this story start to finish. Enjoying a lock down story this much surprised me, but it's the layers and depth to the narrative that set this apart as an outstanding novel. Both Oliver and Ciara have secrets and things they are hiding from each other. They are attracted to each other, but are also questioning everything the other person is doing or thinking. Adding to the tension is the fact that we know the police Detectives Lee Riordan and Karl Connolly are investigating a body found in an apartment.

The narrative jumps between the points-of -view of Ciara, Oliver, and Lee and in doing so it also jumps between time periods. The revelations slowly build up a complete picture of everything that happened. The tension builds and the questions escalate while the story is mesmerizing and admirable. Ciara and Oliver are both realistic, interesting characters and you will like them. They like each other and have made this surprising decision, and it makes sense. Certainly their relationship will flourish without outside tensions. But we know something is going to happen once the detectives begin investigating a body found in an apartment. What could have gone wrong?

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Blackstone Publishing.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4169895170 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Aug 11, 2021 |
Ciara and Oliver start dating and when Covid 19 settles in and they have to go into lockdown they decide to stay together. Both have a secret and there is a deadly outcome.

This is another book I've read recently set in the present times with Covid. Again for me it didn't add anything to the story. The actual events in the story could have still worked without a lockdown. The characters could still move in together, they didn't really need a pandemic to do so. Is this going to be a thing now with Covid in books.

Apart from the Covid setting I did enjoy the book. The story goes back and forth in time as we follow the characters and find out what happens and why.

The story had plenty going on and did have a twists, one of which caught me off guard and I had to reread the section to see if I had read it correctly.

The three books I have now read by this author I have enjoyed and will read more in the future. A solid four stars but I didn't think the pandemic was needed as the story would have been the same without it.

Thank you the publisher via Readers First for the book. ( )
  tina1969 | Aug 9, 2021 |
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