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The Woman in the Library

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Alternating chapters tell a story within a story through Leo, a fan of an author named Hannah, who is writing the story we’re reading. Lend your skills to GWL, or learn new skills working alongside the GWL Team Come to one of our many events! Every time we get to Leo's letters, which is at the end of every single chapter, I dreaded reading it.

Once upon a time, Sulari Gentill was a corporate lawyer serving as a director on public boards, with only a vague disquiet that there was something else she was meant to do. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I feel as though it’s best that you don’t know too much going in. But it quickly becomes obvious that four people, one of whom is the first-person narrator, is too few suspects to sustain a full-length novel. This novel is a jam-packed murder mystery that has so much going on, it could literally be three stories told in one. I heard really good things about this book when it was released last year but I have to say, I don’t love this cover.Hannah is being stalked by Leo while writing about Freddie, who is engaging with friends she met at a murder scene, and is also writing about the people she met the day a woman was murder in the Boston Public Library. We do know that our chocolate is inferior, but there’s a kind of national agreement to pretend otherwise. The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill is a captivating literary thriller about the friendship forged by four strangers. I’m not a fan at all of recapping things that way and if it wasn’t for that, I’d easily give this a 5/5.

Hannah Tigone is an Australian author living in Sydney, writing about another Australian author Freddie (Winifred), recipient of a fellowship which has her living in Boston for a year. During the novel, his suggestions get more concerning and begin to add a sinister element, posing a potential danger to Hannah (Will there also be a murder in this part of Gentill’s novel too?And while fresh snowfall can be pretty, the slushy muddy mush left after a day or two is anything but! I have to say, Gentill’s style of writing is very good as that first chapter set the tone for what I felt was likely to be a solid murder mystery. That Hannah had written in a reliable, kind version of Leo to counteract what her penpal had really turned out to be?

This is a smart, well-written whodunit with an interesting cast of characters and a well-developed plot.In The Woman In The Library, the ending of Hannah’s novel and Freddie’s story felt a bit abrupt to me. And so Sulari became the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: thus far, ten historical crime novels chronicling the life and adventures of her 1930s Australian gentleman artist, the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world, and the Ned Kelly Award winning Crossing the Lines (published in the US as After She Wrote Hime).

Whilst some could say these letters disjoint the narrative, I really enjoyed them, as they actually felt realistic and added the ‘extra’ element to this novel, making it stand out as a contender in the genre. I'm still thinking about this story and the layers upon layers and how one author takes the advice (or doesn't) of a beta reader. She is in the Boston Public Library trying to gather inspiration and finds herself sharing a table with three other people, whom she dubs Freud Girl, Heroic C A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality Study Guides with detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, and more. But the unique two intercepted storylines ( both of them are interesting) and smart ending earned my additional half star.Again, Gentill carries this off brilliantly and and it’s well-paced with a sense of menace building as the stories unfold – both the novel Hannah’s writing as well as the communication and relationship between Leo and Hannah. The Woman in the Library is a mystery novel that brings four strangers together when they hear a woman scream in a Boston library. The police are going to make my life hell for a while, and I don’t want you to be caught in the damage. The mystery element was intriguing and I found myself pleasantly surprised with the way both the stories progressed. This thrilling excursion into metafiction from Australian author Gentill ( Crossing the Lines) wittily examines the writing process itself.

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