Four people are sitting at a table in the Boston Public Library when they hear a scream. Later, a woman is found dead in the library. Bonded by the shared mystery, these strangers form fast friendships. But is one of them a murderer?
This murder mystery is told through individual book chapters an author has written telling the story of this murder. There’s feedback on each chapter from a fellow writer. I really enjoyed the creative story within a story aspect of this book. I listened to the entire book within a day because I wanted to know who the killer was! The Woman in the Library is twisty, clever, and well-written. I loved how the two stories merged in chilling ways.
Narrator Katherine Littrell was an excellent choice for this book. In a book filled with tension, Littrell adjusts her pacing to give more or less tension to fit each situation. She distinguishes all of characters both male and female. The believable Australian and Southern accents further enhance the narration. Littrell made The Woman in the Library a wonderful listen.
Nice light mystery. You will think you know who the murderer is about halfway through the book. You'll keep listening because you're sure you must be wrong. It just can't be that simple. But surprise, you got it right! You will feel so smart. Strangely, this did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. Maybe because it was free (VIP pick). Maybe because it's fast-paced enough to stay interesting. Maybe because of the additional side plot that becomes almost interesting than the main plot. I'm not sure what the point of that secondary plot was, but listening to that character slowly spiral out of control was delightful. Great narration didn't hurt. The romance was kind of cringey, but I could deal. I'm not sure I would have paid money for this book, but if you can get it at the library or otherwise for free it'll keep you entertained for a few hours.
I've never read anything by Gentill before but as an intro, this was an amazing title. There's a plot and a meta plot about a fictional author writing the story you're reading. Very impressive!
I thought this was an excellently written and read mystery. The author leads you in many directions which leads the reader to continue wandering who the murder actually is.
It is not a dark suspenseful thriller, but an enjoyable mystery similar to Agatha Christie. If I were reading this book it definitely would’ve been a page turner.
The narrator was excellent with her voices!
It was so interesting to read a story inside a story! There were a couple twists and the story kept you on your toes, wanting you to keep reading. The narrator was great doing different accents and voices for each character, so it was easy to keep up with who was talking. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend to others!
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