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The Woman in the Library, by Sulari Gentill

tasmanian_bibliophile's review against another edition

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4.0

‘What are you writing?’

Four strangers are sitting quietly, working individually, at a table in the Boston Public Library, when a woman’s scream is heard. Security guards prevent people from leaving while they investigate, and the four strangers pass the time conversing. Friendships are formed.

Later a body is found in a nearby room. A woman has been murdered. The four strangers, now friends, are on a quest to find out who killed the woman. But some of the four have their own secrets. And the story becomes more complex when one of them is mugged, another is injured in an altercation, and when disturbing messages are sent from a phone which was apparently stolen. What on earth is going on?

At the table meet Winifred Kincaid (Freddie) a young writer from Australia, Cain McLeod, Whit Metters and Marigold Anastas. Also meet (often via correspondence) Leo, an author with a mountain of rejection slips and Hannah Tigone who is working on a murder mystery. Leo makes suggestions to Hannah, and she incorporates some of his suggestions into her manuscript.
A writer is writing a story about a writer writing a story. Nothing is as it seems: the twists and turns kept me scratching my head and wondering ‘who?’, ‘how?’ and ‘why?’

Brava, Ms Gentill!

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith

violingirl's review

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mysterious

4.0

jbavaro's review

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

itsmeahre's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

thebalancedbri's review

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

tofufun's review

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

isabel_llo's review

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.75

l8yk8y's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious

4.5

laura_keoski's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

This was one of the more creative murder mysteries I've read this year! I thought the plot-within-a-plot device was used in a really clever way, and allowed space to explore some interesting topics about the genre itself. 

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jenbaltzegar's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

I liked the meta nature of the mystery writer writing a mystery novel while being in the middle of a mystery herself.