No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.
56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.
35 DAYS AGO
When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who—and what—he really is.
Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.
Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?
One of first books I’ve read in 2021 to reference Covid as an important and integral part of the plot… an opportunity for a character to harbor secrets about his past.
When Oliver and Ciara met days before lockdown on the supermarket check-out line, it seemed like fate…like two people looking for a chance to experience a meaningful relationship who were destined to be on that same grocery line.
But as the story line unfolds, readers will begin wondering if their meeting was truly by chance. As Catherine Ryan Howard weaves together a thrilling storyline over various time frames, she had me on the edge of my seat while I turned pages to learn how Ciara and Ollie are truly connected by their past.
This was a fabulous thriller and one of the first to demonstrate the importance of how current events like a global pandemic can play a role in imagining the next psychological thriller to land on the shelves of fanatic readers like me!
Lastly, I am absolutely a fan at how this story ended! If you are a fan psychological thrillers and you’re like me… you’ll especially love that this story doesn’t end like a neatly wrapped present but rather like your hairdo after getting of a crazy rollercoaster ride!
CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is an internationally bestselling author from Cork, Ireland. Her work has been shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger awards, and in 2019 her novel THE LIAR’S GIRL was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. THE NOTHING MAN was a no. 1 bestseller in her native Ireland. She currently lives in Dublin, where she divides her time between the desk and the sofa.