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After seeing this book all over the social media and the praises heaped over it, I felt I had to get this book. A suspense set on the backdrop COVID-19 lockdown. Oliver and Ciara had met 56 days ago, not wanting to stay away for the two weeks of initial lockdown, Oliver invited her to live in with him. After 56 days, Detective Sergeant Leah was called to investigate the decomposed body of Oliver.

My first book by Catherine Ryan Howard, I found the prose to be slightly slow and not compelling initially. The to and fro of timeframes was okay, I knew that Oliver was hiding a secret, but only on the latter section of the book did I come to know how huge it was going to be. I found myself gripped more by the investigation and the things that were revealed in it.

There was a repetitiveness in the prose from his version and her version that was totally not interesting. But the ending was unexpected and if the book had been sharper and the lines crisp, it would have made a heck of a thriller.


Rating: 3 out of 5.


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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? 


Publication Date: August 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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7 Responses

  1. Interesting. He is the one with secrets, but he is the one who ends up dead. It sounds like a pretty yucky crime scene. Sorry the book was not better.

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