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The Woman In The Library by Sulari Gentill – Book Review

Book Blurb

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.

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill delivers a sharply thrilling read with The Woman in the Library, an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.

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My Thoughts

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The woman in the library never failed to suck me in the story and engage me in every step of the way.

The story starts with Hannah Tigone sending a her newly written manuscript, chapter by chapter to a person named Leo Johnson who lives in the Us. Leo Winifred Kincaid or Freddie is an Australian writer living in Boston, US to work on her novel. While working on her novel in Boston Public Library she comes across 3 people who soon become her close friends. Marigold Anastas is a Psychology student. Cain McLeod is also a writer who was working on his next novel just like Freddie. Lastly, Whit Metters was a law student studying in Harvard. They all happened to sit across one another in BPL when a terrifying scream broke the silence.

From there on, Freddie’s life becomes involved with that of a murderer and things start to get a lot more complicated when strange incidents start happening around her, starting with her receiving a phone call from Cain’s number, replaying the same scream from the library.

Although the story started with a great punch and managed to keep me hooked for the majority, the ending felt a bit anticlimactic to me. I was expecting a bit more action than what we got with Leo. Also the murderer became more and more predictable to me as the story progressed which eliminated the thrill factor which I feel is essential for a thriller. So, there was not much of a twist at the end. But the terrific writing, engaging characters and unique plot line and framework of the story definitely made it a hit in my eyes.

Author

Once upon a time, Sulari Gentill was a corporate lawyer serving as a director on public boards, with only a vague disquiet that there was something else she was meant to do. That feeling did not go away until she began to write. And so Sulari became the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: thus far, ten historical crime novels chronicling the life and adventures of her 1930s Australian gentleman artist, the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world.

THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY, Sulari’s latest novel was released on 7 June 2022.

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