56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

Thank you Corvus Books and Readers First for a hardback copy of the book. I enjoyed reading The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard (see my review at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/05/06/the-nothing-man-by-catherine-ryan-howard-2/). This book will be published on Thursday 19th August in the UK. Today I’m sharing a mini review free from spoilers.


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 – 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?

My thoughts:

This is a non spoiler review for another excellent thriller by Catherine Ryan Howard. The story is told by a number of narrators, Ciara, Oliver and also Lee (the senior police officer) who is investigating the unexplained death, moving backwards and forwards in time – you definitely need to be fully awake to appreciate this book.

I thought I had guessed who Ciara was quite early on but I was totally wrong. This is a story full of tension and twists, and uses the Covid 19 lockdown to create the perfect cover for the events of the story. I apologise for the short review but every time I try to add another sentence I realise that I’ve given away something from the story. I’m happy to recommend this book to readers of my book reviews.

Author Bio:

Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland. 

Her debut thriller, Distress Signals (2016) was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger and Irish Crime Novel of the Year. The Irish Times hailed it ‘a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note.’ 

The Liar’s Girl (2018) was a finalist for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel, an accolade previously won by Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Raymond Chandler. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by the Irish Independent and Crime Time (UK), a Best Audiobook of 2018 by Library Journal (USA) and was included in a list of 50 great thrillers written by women since 1945 compiled by the Guardian

Rewind (2019) debuted at No. 2 in the Irish bestseller chart and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Clerkenwell Films (Misfits, LovesickThe End of the F***ing World) are currently developing it for the screen. 

The Nothing Man (2020) debuted at no. 1 in the Irish bestsellers chart and later became a no. 1 UK Kindle bestseller. It was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger alongside novels by Michael Robotham, Ruth Ware and Chris Whitaker. 

Catherine’s next novel, 56 Days, a thriller about a couple locked down together in Dublin that Catherine wrote while she was locked down in Dublin, will be published on August 17 in the USA and August 19 in the UK/Ireland.

Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands and a front desk agent in a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She was once obsessed with the idea of becoming a BSL4 virologist and she still hopes to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. (She’s 39.) She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin as a mature student – taking the first of her first-year exams the day before the launch of Distress Signals – and alongside internationally bestselling authors Carmel Harrington and Hazel Gaynor, is a founding member of The Inspiration Project. She is currently based in Dublin where she is binge-watching Netflix, drinking copious amounts of coffee and working on her next novel.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


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