Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday.

Today’s feature is one of my new books and my current read:  56 Days, by Catherine Ryan Howard.




It’s like one of those viral videos taken inside some swanky apartment complex, where all the slim and fit thirtysomething residents are doing jumping jacks behind the glass railings of their balconies while the world burns.  But these ones stand still, only moving to look down or at each other from across the courtyard, or to lift a hand to their mouth or chest.


Friday 56:

That’s what had started the wheels turning.  He wondered:  Why had he never seen any other blue-lanyard-wearing employees in these aisles?



No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.


Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.


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?


What do you think?  Does this one seem particularly timely these days?


27 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “56 DAYS”

  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    I love the sound of this one, it’s the one kind of pandemic thriller I do want to read! The sudden domesticity, the fact you don’t really know each other, the more important fact that you cannot leave. Ugh, I really want to read this one! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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