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The Woman in the Library: A Novel (original 2022; edição 2022)

por Sulari Gentill (Autor)

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"The beautifully ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a woman's terrified scream echoes through the room. Security guards immediately appear and instruct everyone inside to stay put until they determine there is no threat. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers who had been sitting in the reading room get to chatting and quickly become friendly. Harriet, Marigold, Whit, and Caine each have their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning--and it just happens that one of them may turn out to be a murderer. For readers of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, with shades of The Secret History, THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most dangerous weapons of all"--… (mais)
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Título:The Woman in the Library: A Novel
Autores:Sulari Gentill (Autor)
Informação:Poisoned Pen Press (2022), 288 pages
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I really wanted to like this book, after all, it starts with a murder in a library. I was also intrigued by the story inside of a story aspect of this book. The story is not centered on character development, so the characters feel a bit flat and undeveloped. This is where I think the story could have come together better. If our characters were more fleshed out, maybe some of their reactions, rather overreactions, would make more sense, instead of being outlandish and ridiculous, but maybe that was the point?

Overall, it was a quick read, with a who-dun-it plot that moves at a good pace, but sort of drags as it reaches the dramatic conclusion.


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  jenkies720 | Jun 7, 2024 |
An interesting idea, somewhat well managed but with a number of bizarre howlers I couldn't quite manage to get past. ( )
  JBD1 | May 25, 2024 |
In this gripping tale that starts off with a bang, Ms. Klumpers delivers a marvelous who-done-it with a host of off-beat characters that kept me guessing. Pauli is a strong but vulnerable woman who doesn't know who to trust, and really doesn't know what to do. Someone is out to get her. She stops running in the small town of Brier, home of the Sweetbriar Clinic, which isn't anywhere near the beaten path. I didn't want to put the book down, but when I did I couldn't stop thinking about. This was an excellent page turner. ( )
  penelopemarzec | May 20, 2024 |
Book has a unique structure in that the story is a mystery being written by the narrator who is experiencing the plot in "real" life. On top of this is an end of chapter commentary by a muse who gets creepier and creepier as the book progresses until at the end he turns out to be writing the author from prison. As we get to the climax we learn that one of the four, Whit is the murderer who has been trying to woo one of the four and has turned into stalking. I really liked this book.

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A sharply drawn fictional hall of mirrors sure to tantalize and occasionally frustrate.

Feedback can be deadly.

Sycophantic fan and aspiring writer Leo charms his way into a friendship with successful author Hannah Tigone through a series of flattering letters. In return, she shares a strange incident that happened in the Boston Public Library, where she’s working on her new novel, an episode that begins with a scream and ends with this provocative sentence: “And so we go to the Map Room to found a friendship, and I have my first coffee with a killer.” This, it turns out, is actually the beginning of Hannah’s new novel, sent in morsels to Leo, who faithfully offers thoughts and encouragement after every chapter. Gentill mines similar metafictional territory as in After She Wrote Him (2020), teasing readers with the challenge of deducing which of two narrative threads presents the author and which his or her story. As the mystery unfolds, the book expands into psychological thriller territory, with Leo becoming increasingly unhinged and describing the world as a rage-filled dystopia. Winifred “Freddie” Kincaid, Hannah's mystery-writer protagonist, is as curious and resourceful as Miss Marple, and Hannah’s buoyant whodunit provides a bracing contrast to Leo’s dark world. Based on their appearances and their behavior in the library, Hannah gives her suspects names like Heroic Chin, Handsome Man, and Freud Girl. Lines blur. Freddie is so caught up in the twists and turns of the puzzle that she feels unable to write. Does Hannah have the same problem? Can Leo help her, does he genuinely want to, and where does he fit into the larger picture?

A sharply drawn fictional hall of mirrors sure to tantalize and occasionally frustrate.

Book Page: Readers are treated to two expertly crafted mysteries in Australian author Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library.

Four strangers are sharing a table at the Boston Public Library when they hear a woman’s terrified scream. Winifred “Freddie” Kincaid, Cain McLeod, Marigold Anastas and Whit Metters form a quick friendship while they wait for security guards to figure out what happened. When a woman’s body is later found in the library, the new friends realize they didn’t just hear a scream: They may have overheard a murder. Freddie, Cain, Marigold and Whit set out to discover what happened that afternoon, but they soon realize that their meeting wasn’t random—because one of them is the murderer.

The Woman in the Library audiobook
Read our audiobook review! Voice actor Katherine Littrell brings a measured sense of menace.
But there’s yet another twist! The characters of Freddie, Cain, Marigold and Whit are just that: characters in a novel being written by an Australian woman named Hannah. She’s corresponding with an American writer named Leo, emailing him the chapters of her mystery novel as she completes them. Leo’s detailed responses follow each chapter, and readers soon realize he is more than an appreciative fan. Leo may be just as dangerous as one of the characters in Hannah’s story.

The author of more than a dozen mysteries, Gentill has created a smart, engaging novel that blurs genre lines. The mystery set within the library is a fresh take on the locked-room mystery, and Leo’s emails to Hannah create an increasingly ominous epistolary thriller, despite the distance between the characters. It’s an inventive and unique approach, elevated by Gentill’s masterful plotting, that will delight suspense fans looking for something bold and new.
  derailer | Apr 20, 2024 |
Uneven. Skimmed it. ( )
  mimji | Apr 20, 2024 |
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"The beautifully ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a woman's terrified scream echoes through the room. Security guards immediately appear and instruct everyone inside to stay put until they determine there is no threat. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers who had been sitting in the reading room get to chatting and quickly become friendly. Harriet, Marigold, Whit, and Caine each have their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning--and it just happens that one of them may turn out to be a murderer. For readers of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, with shades of The Secret History, THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most dangerous weapons of all"--

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