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The Woman in the Library - Sulari Gentill

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I just want to put a disclaimer that this book touches on some pretty heavy stuff. I will not go into any of the heavy here in my review but wanted everyone to be aware should you decide to pick up your own copy.

Today we are talking about The Woman in the Library!

Netflix was kind enough to notify me that Criminal Minds will be leaving at the end of the month. Is there a better show to watch when reading about a mysterious murder with a very small suspect pool?

When Winifred received the Marriot Fellowship to write a mystery novel while living abroad in the U.S. she never envisioned she would become enmeshed in a mystery herself. While writing in the Boston Public Library, using some of her fellow patrons as inspiration, an ear piercing scream shatters the silence of the room. Marigold, Whit, and Cain, all as alarmed as Winifred, begin to guess the cause. When a body is found hidden away the next morning, the four form a bond. It doesn’t take long for accusations to begin to fly in the group when one of them is stabbed and another has been previously incarcerated, for murder.

Huge thanks to Netgalley, Poisoned Pen Press, and Sulari Gentill for an advanced copy of this book.

There is nothing that will make me gravitate to a book more than for it to be epistolary. If you don't know epistolary novels are those that include a diary, journal or letter format. Today that can also include emails or even text messages. My all time favorite epistolary so far is Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata. The Woman in the Library is definitely a close second. It is a story within a story. It is whimsical and thrilling.

The characters are well thought out and all have their own story to tell, which they do. I really enjoyed how Winifred, Freddie, became the center of the group, how the other three characters gravitated towards her as lover, protector, and friend. I definitely wasn’t surprised by how the story ended, but enjoyed the journey to the end. All in all I would recommend this book if you love a good murder mystery or epistolary novels like me.

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