8.02.2022

finished reading

This book has a crazy timeline--jumping from past to present and back and forth to tell the story.  Once I got used to it, it was fine and made sense.  There's also a repetitive element of the scene playing out from Oliver's perspective and then the same scene from Ciara's perspective, which I thought was neat.  The time setting is the early days of lockdown of the pandemic but it is the background of the action and puts characters in situations that feel authentic.  It's definitely not a book about the pandemic.  Neither of the main characters is quite who they seem to be and the fun of this domestic thriller is trying to figure out who's who and what's what.  This is a uniquely crafted blend of domestic suspense and murder mystery.  I need to find more books by this author! The audio is very well done.

From the publisher:
No one knew they'd moved in together. Now one of them is dead. Could this be the perfect murder?

56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin the same week Covid-19 reaches Irish shores.

35 DAYS AGO
When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests that Ciara move in with him. She sees a unique opportunity for a new relationship to flourish without the pressure of scrutiny of family and friends. He sees it as an opportunity to hide who - and what - he really is.

TODAY
Detectives arrive at Oliver's apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Will they be able to determine what really happened, or has lockdown provided someone with the opportunity to commit the perfect crime?

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