Another cracking novel

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Catherine Ryan Howard is an accomplished writer of crime fiction. This is only the second of her books which I have read (the first being The Nothing Man - an excellent book) but I already consider myself a fan.

"56 Days" is set in Dublin, during the first Covid-19 lockdown. It brought back memories of our initial lockdown in England - which was not too dissimilar. Ciara and Oliver have both recently relocated to Dublin, neither knows anyone else socially in the city and, after meeting in a supermarket queue, they embark on a relationship. Because of the lockdown they rather quickly decide to move in together.

A body is found in Oliver's apartment, and the subsequent police investigation is interspersed with both Ciara and Oliver's stories, and had me on the edge of my seat. The story is told in different timelines (during and before the 56 days) , and from the point of view of both Ciara and Oliver and the police investigators. It's not as confusing as it sounds, and I found it interesting to read the different accounts. It's very tense at times, and as the story unfolds the tension rises.

I have not gone into any detail of the crime involved, as this would spoil the book for others. Needless to say, this is a real page-turner of a novel, and one which I would recommend wholeheartedly.