Book review: The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

Sunday, March 10, 2024 Permalink

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill is a new standalone by the talented writer. I’ve not read her Rowland Sinclair series but love her ‘writerly’ standalones (After She Wrote Him and The Woman in the Library). I’m sure being immersed in the world of writing and publishing helps inspire Gentill as she certainly writes what she knows.

Because I adored her two other standalones my expectations were higher than they should have been and I was a bit disappointed with this book. I liked the first half or even the first two-thirds, but the way this book pans out really didn’t seem feasible and frustrated me a lot.

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three-half-stars

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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four-half-stars