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New Release Book Review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Title: The Woman in the Library

Author: Sulari Gentill

Published: June 1st 2022

Publisher: Ultimo Press

Pages: 288

Genres: Fiction, Crime, Mystery

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4 stars
 
Hannah Tigone, bestselling Australian crime author, is crafting a new novel that begins in the Boston Public Library: four strangers; Winifred, Cain, Marigold and Whit are sitting at the same table when a bloodcurdling scream breaks the silence. A woman has been murdered. They are all suspects, and, as it turns out, each character has their own secrets and motivations – and one of them is a murderer.
 
While crafting this new thriller, Hannah shares each chapter with her biggest fan and aspirational novelist, Leo. But Leo seems to know a lot about violence, motive, and how exactly to kill someone. Perhaps he is not all that he seems…


The Woman in the Library is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship – and shows that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.

Review:

Aesthetically speaking The Woman in the Library was an absolute winner. From the jaw dropping cover, included playing cards, the old school library pocket and post it note, Sulari Gentill’s latest release was a true book blessing.

Award winning novelist Sulari Gentill has produced a creative and progressive crime mystery tale with her latest release. The Woman in the Library features a a highly engaging double layered story structure. In the opening we meet four strangers in a public library who are drawn together by a piercing scream. Following this incident, a murder case ensues and the resulting cross-examination process exposes the back stories of each of these four figures. As tension mounts to solve this case, each player wonders if their time is up. Meanwhile, the other underlying narrative unveils an intriguing situation involving an author and a fan. These two players each have secrets that will reverberate through the very core of this novel. A story of relationships, connections, life and hidden truths, The Woman in the Library is this year’s must-read mystery!

I’m not sure why I have only read one Sulari Gentill book, as I’m a big fan of Australian crime and mystery writers. Since my last literary dalliance with Ms. Gentil back in 2019, this literary genius has been busy crafting a very different type of novel from her previous Detective Rowland Sinclair novels. The Woman in the Library is a nested story narrative, which defly combines two different stories within the one literary casing. I enjoyed the challenge and the overall experience this story afforded me as a reader. The Woman in the Library provides a great twist on a traditional crime-mystery tale.

I won’t divulge too much about this one plot wise. I will say that the writing is articulate and intelligent. The timing is spot on, the twists are cleverly executed and the narrative is incredibly resourceful. Gentill pulls on lots of clever devices to reel the reader in. I appreciated the structure and the email exchanges that were contained within the storyline. The characters featured in The Woman in the Library were well presented and personable. I was glad to be in their company for the duration of this tale. Gentill includes some great dialogue exchanges and the overarching theme of friendship worked well. So on the whole I found The Woman in the Library on-point, twisty, astute and a whole lot of literary themed fun.

For those who like to use a spot of divergent thinking in their novels, The Woman in the Library is a great choice. Highly recommended.

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill is published on 1st June 2022 by Ultimo Press. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The Woman in the Library, Sulari Gentill visit here.

*Thanks is extended to Ultimo Press for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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