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.
Note: Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for sending me an e-arc of this book. This does not affect my opinions and review in any manner.
The last Sulari Gentill book I read left me shook and this was no different. Hannah is a bestselling author working on her latest murder mystery. We along with her pen pal Leo are exposed to this mystery chapter by chapter and try to figure out who the murderer is. The plot in itself is very intriguing and thanks to the author’s beautiful writing and good flow, everything is a delight to read. Trying to solve this mystery felt quite meta because we often saw Leo’s suggestions on the chapters, his speculations and often inputs as well. Not only did the Gentill successfully create a suspenseful mystery through the book within this book but even the exchanges between Hannah and Leo start to build up into something more sinister, adding yet another layer of exhilaration and anticipation for me as I read ahead.
I simply couldn’t tear myself away from this book. All the characters were quite captivating and different from each other. My personal favourite was Marigold, the enthusiastic psychology student. Partly because I could relate to her the most but also because her lively nature and detective skills brought life to the story and kept everything going. Seeing these characters occupy the same spaces and engage in different relationships was fun as I tried to dissect their personalities and motives from them. The book literally tells us that the murderer is one of the four but for the love of my life I couldn’t pinpoint the murderer until very close to the end. Maybe that’s just me. Either way, this is a very atmospheric, meta and overall gripping mystery that I would 100% recommend!
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Do you prefer mini reviews or full reviews? I usually write complete reviews but sometimes, like in the case of mysteries, there really isn’t much to say without giving anything away so I fall back on mini reviews.