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The woman in the library is a SCANNER


If I can only recommend one book this year, this might be a contender. I think this is possibly the best crime/mystery book I have ever read.

A woman in the library
by Solari Gentile


In the history of every person there is something to hide…

Silence reigns in the ornate reading room of the Boston Public Library until a woman’s eerie scream breaks the peace. The guards immediately take charge, ordering everyone to stay put until the threat is located and contained. While they are waiting to leave, four strangers, who happen to be sitting at the same table, spend time talking and forming friendships. Everyone has their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning – sometimes there is one killer.

Award-winning author Sulari Gentile makes for a very engaging read A woman in the libraryan unexpectedly twisted literary adventure that examines the complex nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most insidious weapon of all.


A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a book I will definitely remember.

Opens in a strange way. A writer named Leo writes to Hanna and you learn that they have some kind of relationship. It seemed a little out of place, but you go with it. You are then introduced to Freddy in a library where the name made more sense. You wonder if the book is printed correctly.

Then, just as you’re about to finish the first chapter, you see the following letter from Leo, who compliments the recipient and gives pointers on American culture. It breaks the 4th wall, takes a meta turn, and destroys the entire original understanding of what a story is. Suddenly you have no idea what you signed up for.

I didn’t expect Hannah’s first paragraph to immediately draw me into the story. In her manuscript, the main character, Freddie, is a writer who turned to the people around her at the Boston Public Library as her muse for the story she was writing. We are then introduced to Freud Girl, a psychology student whose arms were heavily tattooed, Heroic Chin, a law student whose appearance reminded her of a typical hero, and Handsome, another writer who is immediately attracted to her. Then a woman’s scream rang out in the library, causing the four of them to become confused, which seems like an appropriate way to start a conversation with these strangers.

Leo’s letters were a great addition to the storyline. I love the foreshadowing of the three potential suspects and how each person has developed reasons why they might be a suspect. The events were so meticulously planned and everything seemed to be working against them. There were so many questions, suspicions, twists and turns at every corner. I doubted everyone, even the main character, Freddy.

Leo’s letters made this book stand out from all the other mysteries I’ve read so far. And while I have no idea what inspired the author to include such a plot, I am very grateful for it.

I definitely highly recommend it.

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