Review: 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

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WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!

56 Days was a pre-Halloween read. I was in the mood for a thriller because *spooky season*

The Synopsis:

“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?”

Read This If You Love…

  • Books that take place in recent times (with true recent events)
  • Thrillers
  • Revenge

It was like walking out of real life and onto the set of a Hollywood virus thriller, only the poles were reversed. This was what was real, and that was terrifying.

My Review

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard did not live up to my pre-Halloween thriller expectations. I’ll just say that first.

Was it interesting? Yes.

I think what really kept me reading is the fact that this book is so predictable that I knew Ciara and Oliver meeting was not on accident. I just wanted to figure out why.

It was also very interesting to read a book based at the beginning of the pandemic and how the pandemic played such a large role in the plot. This was the first book I’ve read like that!

I hate detailed descriptions of decomposing bodies, which is why I often don’t even read thrillers. Catherine Ryan Howard definitely did a great job describing the scene, which made me want to gag!

Like I said previously, I found this thriller to be predictable as well as unoriginal. Ciara and Oliver didn’t really have much personality. They were both very bland. Oliver finally started showing some sort of emotion towards the end of the book, but at that point I was just trying to finish it to know what happened.

I will give Catherine Ryan Howard credit for a small plot twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, though!

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