56 Days (Hardback)
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56 Days (Hardback)

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Published: 19/08/2021
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Winner of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 Crime Fiction Book of the Year

A Book of the Year for 2021 in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Irish Times


'As good as suspense fiction gets' Washington Post

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.

Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who - and what - he really is.

Detectives arrive at Oliver's apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

'Compulsive, intriguing and fantastically entertaining' Liz Nugent

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781838951627
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 657 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30 mm
Edition: Main

56 Days is a terrific novel written by an author who is certain to become a distinguished voice in crime fiction. You won't want to stop reading until the very end. -- Karin Slaughter
This book is splendid. The lockdown thriller you DO want to read. -- S J Watson, No. 1 bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep
Brilliantly creepy ... wonderfully atmospheric and paranoid * Guardian *
Timely, surprising, emotionally alive, this is about as good as suspense fiction gets * Washington Post *
A twisty tale of suspense ... kept me guessing as I turned the pages at a furious clip * New York Times *
I was surgically attached to this twisting lockdown thriller. Clever, tender and all too convincing, it's the kind of book you read in one breathless sitting to get to the truth, and then again, slowly, to see how the author did it. -- Erin Kelly
Addictive and very smart -- Sarah Vaughan, bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal
A terrific, chilling premise, elevated by the plot's sophisticated architecture ... a first-rate thriller * Sarah Pekkanen *
56 Days? I read it in 24 HOURS because it was so compulsive, intriguing and fantastically entertaining. I could not let it go. * Liz Nugent *
Dark and dazzling, funny, sinister, and oh-so clever. I read 56 Days in a breath held right up until the final, mesmeric pages. Catherine Ryan Howard is ridiculously talented. -- Chris Whitaker
Catherine Ryan Howard has become my go-to writer for utterly absorbing, original stories with a killer twist and 56 Days delivers all this and more. If you read one thriller that captures the start of lockdown in all its surreal and terrifying uncertainty, let it be this. Just remember to breathe! -- Jo Spain
Absolutely faultless ... 56 Days is crime-writing perfection and Catherine Ryan Howard is a seriously talented writer * C.L. Taylor *
An absolute belter from the high priestess of high concepts. Claustrophobic, thrilling and fiendishly clever in both its structure and its twists. * Sarah Hilary *
Magnificent. A high-concept thriller executed with panache and heaps of emotion. * Caz Frear *
Catherine Ryan Howard takes on one of the most disturbing types of crime we know about and treats it with both intelligence and sensitivity. * Literary Review *
The lockdown thriller you didn't know you needed. An utterly brilliant and completely satisfying pageturner -- Catherine Kirwan
Written and plotted so well and left me guessing up to the end. Brilliant! * Patricia Gibney *
The tension builds and builds. Don't think you've figured it all out - there's a shocking final twist. * New York Times, The Best Thrillers of 2021 *
A tense, edgy and compulsive read - 56 Days is brilliantly plotted, darkly humorous and utterly unexpected. This is Lockdown, but not as you know it. * Sam Blake *
A timely, twisted thriller * Image *
Don't want to read a lockdown novel? Neither did I. Then I read 56 Days and changed my mind. Absolutely brilliant! * C S Green *
Mind-blowingly brilliant * Irish Examiner *
A bravura piece of storytelling ... immediate and timely * The Quietus *
Howard is brilliant at creating high-concept crime plots with killer twists ...The plot is riveting, the writing seamless and the characters very convincing ... the perfect - despite the pandemic setting - escapist novel * Sunday Independent *
Ryan Howard's plotting is second to none. The novel also has the virtue of precise, vivid and efficiently delivered prose - Ryan Howard writes with an economy of style that brings to mind the work of Lee Child ... highly recommended * Sunday Business Post *
Staggeringly accomplished ... its sustained emotional power raises it to the first rank * Irish Times *
A very fine work of crime fiction ... deserves to be savored * RTE *
Fantastic ... the structure is superb * Emma Flint *
Ryan Howard's skilful plotting continually wrongfoots the reader as twist follows twist until the totally surprising and genuinely shocking truth is revealed ... a terrific read * Irish Independent *
What a fantastic book. Loved it and highly recommend. * Jill Mansell *

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“Very cleverly written”

I really didn't want to jump into the covid books, but this one intrigued me too much not to pick it up. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I think the covid aspect was used pretty tastefully here. It... More

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“Vivid, twisty and propulsive”

I adored The Nothing Man and that made 56 Days a ‘must read’ for me. Catherine Ryan Howard is an inventive and entertaining writer and she approaches her subject with verve and originality. That is absolutely the case... More

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“An intense and captivating read!”

57 Days is a thrilling and captivating book that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Set in Ireland during the current global crisis, 57 Days follows the story of Ciara and Oliver, and what seems as their... More

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