The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill #BookReview #TheWomanInTheLibrary @SulariGentill @PPPress @ultimopress #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill, published by Ultimo Press (AU) & Poisoned Pen Press (US)


Hannah Tigone, bestselling Australian crime author, is crafting a new novel that begins in the Boston Public Library: four strangers; Winifred, Cain, Marigold and Whit are sitting at the same table when a bloodcurdling scream breaks the silence.

A woman has been murdered. They are all suspects, and, as it turns out, each character has their own secrets and motivations – and one of them is a murderer.

While crafting this new thriller, Hannah shares each chapter with her biggest fan and aspirational novelist, Leo. But Leo seems to know a lot about violence, motive, and how exactly to kill someone. Perhaps he is not all that he seems…

The Woman in the Library is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship – and shows that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.

Four strangers…A quite library…The Perfect Place for murder…”

A bloodcurdling scream in a Boston public library resulting in the murder of a woman sets this tale off and brings together four strangers who each becomes a suspect.

Everything about this book drew me in and had me hooked. From its Hitchcock vibe cover (the Australian version), to its interesting and intriguing story line, I couldn’t wait to dive in!

Right from the outset Gentill had my attention. She knows how to weave a suspenseful, clever and twisty tale and I loved the story within a story concept,that has been executed perfectly!

The characters each bring the story to life and I enjoyed getting to know them and their hidden secrets. They are a diverse bunch and make the story all the more riveting.

The Woman in the Library is a super fun and entertaining mystery to sink your teeth into and I absolutely loved it! I am so glad to have been introduced to Gentill’s work, who I found to be a wonderful story teller and I look forward to reading more from her.

Thank you to Sulari Gentill, Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Woman in the Library, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Sulari Gentill is the author of the multi- award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of (currently) ten historical crime novels set in 1930s Australia.

Under the name S. D. Gentill, Sulari wrote the The Hero Trilogy – a fantasy adventure series based on the myths and legends of the ancient world.

Her widely praised standalone novel, Crossing the Lines, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel, and was short-listed for the Davitt Award. Most recently, Sulari was awarded a Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Fellowship for The Woman in the Library.

Sulari lives in a small country town in the Australian Snowy Mountains where she grows French Black Truffles and writes. She remains in love with the art of storytelling.



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