The Woman in the Library
By: Sulari Gentill
Genres: Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
Format: E-ARC via NetGalley

Synopsis from GoodReads:

In every person’s story, there is something to hide…

The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman’s terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who’d happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill delivers a sharply thrilling read with The Woman in the Library, an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.


Review

Thank you to Sulari Gentill, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley for this free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

The Woman in the Library is one of the most unique mysteries I’ve read in a long time. The story opens with a murder in the Boston Public Library, a woman’s scream is heard, and four strangers are thrown together, each with their secrets that slowing become revealed.

The unique twist that had me thoroughly engaged, is that story is in fact a mystery being written by an author named Hannah. Each chapter ends with manuscript feedback from a fan/beta reader named Leo. It creates a unique perspective on writing and watching a murder mystery unravel. As the story goes on, the feedback gets progressively more pointed, obsessive, and off-putting.

I completely enjoyed this book, the written mystery following Freddie, an Australian author in Boston on scholarship; Marigold, a tattooed attractive psych student; Whit, a charming student trying to get out of grad school; and Cain, a handsome author with a dark past; and also Leo, Hannah’s fan/beta reader who just utterly baffles. Not to mention the brilliant banter, dark humor, and character relationships by Gentill is just wonderful.

If you like unique, twisty mysteries with layered plots and semi unreliable characters, I highly encourage you to add this to your list immediately.