The Woman in the Library

Sulari Gentill

Poisoned Pen Press , 2022

Agent: Jill Marr

In every person's story, there is something to hide...

The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman's terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who'd happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning?it just happens that one is a murderer.

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill delivers a sharply thrilling read with THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY, an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.


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"This thrilling excursion into metafiction from Australian author Gentill (Crossing the Lines) wittily examines the writing process itself...This elegantly constructed novel is intelligent, funny, and profound. Who could ask for more?" Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"[The Woman in the Library] is a mystery-within-a-mystery, with the clues in Freddie's story becoming more intriguing as Leo's advice becomes more sinister. The two story lines work together beautifully, amping up the suspense before reaching a surprising conclusion." Booklist
"The Woman in the Library is a delicious read?it's a book that makes you feel. Cunningly crafted, with layers that fold back and feed upon each other, charming characters, and revelations that will make you cringe and gasp. You will feel a rising sense of dread as you read it, but you won't want to stop." Daniel O'Malley, author of The Rook

"The Woman in the Library is a sophisticated mystery with more layers than an onion, created by a master hand. Clever plot twists in Gentill's signature refined style will make you feel smarter just by reading. Sulari Gentill has done it again." Ellie Marney, New York Times bestselling author

"Brace yourself for twists and turns when picking up this thriller, which features a story within a story. " BookBub Most Anticipated Books of 2022

"The ever-brilliant Sulari Gentill dazzles in her new The Woman in the'll have to figure this out for yourself. And you will cheer along the way." BookTrib

"The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill is a captivating literary thriller about the friendship forged by four strangers. "

"Sulari Gentill's The Woman in the Library is a thrill. The library setting, the conceit of four strangers at a table, and the twisty story-within-a-story make Gentill's novel unputdownable. The book is a treat for readers who love books about books and who like their mysteries to keep them guessing until the very last page." Eva Jurczyk, author of The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

"Readers who enjoy a playfulness in their fiction will be delighted by this book-within-a-book. For fans of Anthony Horowitz." First Clue

"With each new chapter, Gentill opens the door to new histories. More murders...more clues...The Woman in the Library is a page-turner from beginning to end. As Gentill's characters grow, the desire to know more about each ensnares us, and the only way out is to read to the end." New York Journal of Books