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  • Book Name: The Woman in the Library
  • Authors: Sulari Gentill
  • Pages: 317
  • Genre: Mystery Novel
  • Publish Date: Jun 7, 2022
  • Language: English

Book Review 

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill, it's a great read for crime fans literary fiction fans um just people who generally like a good read so stop the video but if you're still on the fence don't worry4

i'm not going to spoil it for you but i am going to give you a little bit more information about what um what i found is especially cool about this book it is revealed almost immediately that 

These four suspects one of whom is also the detective these four literary types in the boston public library who heard the scream those are all fictional characters being written about by a writer but the writer is not solari gentile 

This is a fictitious novelist telling this story and you never get to hear from her but each chapter ends with a an email that is feedback from a reader on the manuscript so far and let me tell you a bit about the shape of my enjoyment of this book 

At first i thought oh that's really cool there's you get all the goodness of a standard kind of murder mystery with a sort of literary framing device and this is not the first time solari gentle has done this she 

She wrote a book a few years ago called between the lines where there were alternating chapters between alternating points of view but each point of view each character was a writer and they were each writing the other one if that makes any sense but in this case i was like okay 

So it's a crime story with a literary framing device and so i thought that was cool and my my enjoyment was high and then at the end of each chapter 

So the fact that each chapter ends with feedback from a reader keeps reminding you that the suspects and the detective and the victim aren't real that they are just constructs and i started

I started to get suspicious at that point not necessarily in a good way i was like well but how am i supposed to enjoy this story when the book keeps reminding me that the stakes are 

So low that the characters don't actually exist and the thing is that's always the case with fiction right if you read fiction then the characters never exist and you know it 

but in this case there was an extra level of fictitiousness that they had uh that was going to be a challenge for me to overcome and then here's the paradox here's where i don't really understand what solari gentle did or rather 

How she did it um it becomes apparent that the framing device is also a murder mystery that there is some some kind of crime has happened and the emails from the reader provide clues 

Because this reader and the author are connected to a crime that has happened in the real world that um that the author of this book may be involved in or may be able to solve 

So the paradox is that the more engaging the frame story become became the more real the story within the frame started to feel the more higher stakes it felt and that doesn't seem to make sense 

But i guess what this book has forced me to realize is that if you're reading a book by a real person about fictitious people then you can still you can read a book by a real person about a fictitious person 

Who is telling their own story about fictitious people and get equally engaged that's the magic trick that the woman in the library pulls

This is it's genius basically i would recommend this book for crime fans i would recommend it for literary fiction fans it would make a great gift for the writer in your life because 

So the four suspects are all writers to one degree or another the victim is a writer and they are all being written about by another writer who's in conversation with a fan this is the writeriest book that ever write 

So it would make a great gift for the um for the writer in your life okay so that's uh the woman in the library um i before i let you go remember to like and subscribe and do all those other things

but first i want to give you a choice for what i review next one option is the book of skulls by robert silverberg which is about four university students who come across a story about a monastery 

Where if four people turn up and one of them is murdered and another one commits suicide then the other two will live forever and these four students don't really believe this 

But it sounds like a good excuse for a road trip during spring break so they uh they drive across the country towards this monastery to see what will happen the other option is the poison artist by jonathan more 

Which is about a chemist whose job it is to study the chemicals that are released into your body when you feel pain and one night he walks into a bar bleeding from the face because his girlfriend has just smashed a glass into it 

He meets this beautiful mysterious woman with a back like a cello from memory who has absinthe and sugar cubes and a slotted spoon and after he meets her and becomes mesmerized by her bodies start to turn up in the san francisco bay people who seem to have been tortured.