The Woman in the Library

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The Woman in the Library

The Woman in the Library

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This man, Leo Johnson, is also an author, very down in the dumps about the publishing industry’s lack of interest in his book. The pleasure of The Woman in the Library is that clever structure; a layered, literary hall of mirrors that's great fun to get lost in. Oh I thought that part was clear, it was Whit/Heroic Chin the whole time, with lots of cool misdirections to make the others look guilty.

The next letter is one in which Hannah’s lawyer outlines a plan for Hannah to use her correspondence with Leo to help the police catch him. Sheila Liming explores the connection between libraries and self-making in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American culture, from the 1860s to the 1930s, focusing on Edith Wharton and her remarkable collection of books. It offers a review of the many meanings of a library collection, while reading one specific collection in light of its owner’s literary celebrity. Whilst this is taking place the story is broken up by letters to a published author, Hannah, in Australia from an avid fan. A murder at the library, people bonded by a scream, another murder or two, a manuscript, lots of book talk, someone playing Nancy Drew, interesting turns that had me double guessing myself and swaying my opinion of the murderers identity.In the story-within-a-story, Boo, an unhoused man and a person with an addiction to drugs, demands money from Cain and later hits him over the head with a glass bottle. Again, Gentill carries this off brilliantly and and it’s well-paced with a sense of menace building as the stories unfold – both the novel Hannah’s writing as well as the communication and relationship between Leo and Hannah. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers sitting at the same table pass the time in conversation, and friendships are struck.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.My review copy of The Woman in the Library contained a guessing game from the publicist, whereby at a certain point in the novel, I was to pause, have an educated guess based on the story as far as to who I thought the guilty party was. As Hannah keeps sending her chapters the mystery becomes more convoluted and Freddie falls for one of the men (who has a dark past). The book opens with Leo – a wannabe author, writing to fellow author Hannah, who he admires but hasn’t met. She’s incorporating some of the writing elements he wanted her to (gore, whodunit cliches) and it’s bad.

She tells the story of Wharton’s library in concert with Wharton scholarship and treatises from this era concerning the wider fields of book history, material and print culture, and the histories (and pathologies) of collecting. We soon find out that these strangers have a few secrets themselves, including possible motivations for murder, and we know from the blurb that ‘one of them is the murderer! The relationships among the friends are well developed, and, as Freddie gradually falls in love with McLeod, you hope she’s not getting in over her head. We have no budget for materials and our collections have grown through the sheer generosity of our users, members and supporters.

Shocked, they end up striking up a quick and effortless friendship…only to find out soon after that the screaming woman was murdered. All signs point to Cain as the culprit (the woman who screamed in the library was found dead), and he goes on the run. To avoid being forced to join the family firm, Whit Metters is purposely failing Harvard Law School. there's no excuse for each of the friends having 1-2 personality traits when there are fewer sentences they don't show up in than do. They both heard a woman’s scream at the library and their common panic connected the foursome to share coffees and stories at the Map Room.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.I found myself frustrated at first with the plot within the plot as I was having a tough time following it. Leo’s feedback becomes increasingly critical however and his tone goes from fervent to annoyed and back to the deferential admiration… if Hannah’s plot is moving in a direction of which he approves. All the characters are pretty well written too though perhaps the man with the dark past is a bit inconsistent. They conclude Marigold is the one who stabbed Whit and may be Caroline Palfrey’s murderer as well since Caroline frequently pretended to be Whit’s girlfriend to help Whit avoid talking to abandoned lovers. Each chapter of Hannah’s book, is followed by the latest correspondence from Leo, who becomes more and more invested in her novel, as Freddie’s story progresses.

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