Book review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Sunday, May 22, 2022 Permalink

I’ve not read Sulari Gentill’s popular Rowland Sinclair series given I tend to stay away from historical fiction but I absolutely adored the Ned Kelly award-winning After She Wrote Him, which I read in 2020, also known as Crossing the Lines.

It was a complete mindf*ck in many ways, but rather than find it frustrating I thought it incredibly clever and kinda jealous that I’d never be able to think of anything quite so complex and twisted.

Thankfully Gentill does it again in her latest release, The Woman in the Library. Again it’s about a writer. Or rather two writers and one – or maybe both – are using the other’s life as inspiration. And just to make things twistier, one of the writers is actually writing about a writer and events taking place in her life and those she meets.

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Book review: After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

Friday, May 1, 2020 Permalink

After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill was previously released in 2017 as Crossing The Lines and won Australia’s premier crime-writing award, The Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction in 2018. It was republished by US publisher Poisoned Pen Press in 2020 and it’s a testament to the book and Gentill that it’s being republished in Australia by Ultimo Press.

It’s very very clever. And… as I said on Twitter when I was part-way through, it’s also a huge mindf*ck.

What if you wrote of someone writing of you? In the end, which of you would be real?

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