Random Things Tours – Book Review – Woman in the Library

“Dear Hannah, What are you writing?”

Genre: Mystery

Number of Pages: 288

Date of Publication: 1 June 2022

Publisher: Ultimo Press

My Review Summary: A unique style, full of twists and turns!

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

In every person’s story, there is something to hide…

The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman’s terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who’d happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen this book around on Instagram and had added it to my Goodreads list of books to read. It then come up as a Blog Tour and I jumped at the chance to join. Luckily I was accepted and all I can say is that it lived up my expectations, and more!  

The writing was very clever and the format was something unique and compelling that I have never come across before. It added an extra something to the story that definitely made it stand out from the usual mystery. At first I will admit that I wasn’t sure how it would all work out. There were many different layers going on, but it didn’t take me long to work it out and read it as one. There were so many twists and turns and the ending…I was not expecting that at all! 

The chapters were the story itself, with each chapter being preceded by a letter outside of the story. It was an interesting way of presenting the story, but it really worked. The pace overall was slowed down by the letters, but I didn’t mind that. It added to the intrigue. None of the chapters were particularly long and neither were the letters around them, so whilst there were methods in place to slow the story down, there was a good pace overall to the story that kept my interest.

The characters were excellent. I just didn’t know who to trust. Everything was so compelling and believable. I was definitely taken on a ride and I loved it! 

Lastly the settings. Who doesn’t love a library setting? It was all done around Boston Library and felt well researched. I really felt like I was on a journey with all the characters, both inside and outside the story.

Overall an excellent read. It was very cleverly written and the style was so unique that it will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend it! 

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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