56 Days

Written by:
Catherine Ryan Howard
Narrated by:
Alana Kerr Collins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2021
10 hours 39 minutes
Don’t miss The Trap, the latest dark and twisted thriller from internationally bestselling crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard—inspired by a series of still-unsolved disappearances.

A New York Times Best Thriller of 2021

A Washington Post Best Thriller of 2021

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

An Amazon Editors’ Pick

'Bloody good.' —The New York Times

'Timely, surprising, emotionally alive, this is about as good as suspense fiction gets.' —Washington Post

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.


Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.


When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who—and what—he really is.


Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

Look for these other pulse-pounding thrillers from award-winning, internationally bestselling crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard:

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Paulette T.

I totally enjoyed this book! There were constant twists and revelations that kept me engaged, and the Irish brogue added much dimension to the characters. I definitely give it 5 stars...the screen recorded only one because I wasn't quick enough. Setting the story in the midst of the COVID pandemic gave it something to which the reader could relate, and certainly added to the story line. Juxtaposing the past and present events, as well as adding the point of view of each character to each event was a very unique method of weaving the plot together.

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Rachel Horsley

I can't even begin to describe how I think I'm a very good at understanding how things are going to turn out and what characters are going to do and then being continually surprised throughout this novel was a delight. I mean it kept me guessing constantly and I loved the time play. It was just brilliantly constructed and not difficult to follow despite the time play. I'm going to be looking for more from this author.

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Rachel J.

great book! keeps you wondering what's going on, how it's going to end, etc. totally recommend it

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trichia Chaput

Loved this book so much. Great story and characters

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Ann M L.

This was a good story but the back and forth was very very confusing. I rewound a gazillion times it took me forever to finish. I stopped reading it round one. Then went back to it to try to read it again.

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Colleen R.

This was so good! Mystery? So many in one book! Suspense? Yep, lots and lots. A shocking revelation that brings it all together? That, too. The writer expertly wove an intricately detailed story.

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LaRhonda C.

I want to delete this book

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Linda M.

This was one of the best "listens" I have had in a long time. A really excellent thriller/mystery in which the reader is taken down the wrong path throughout and when everything is reversed, suddenly, it truly is a surprise. Very good writing with excellent narration. This novel was named one of the Twenty Best Thrillers of 2021, and I think that it fully deserved to be included in that list. I strongly recommend it.

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Dana M.

Being for the mid-west, United States, at times I found the narrator very difficult to understand. I enjoyed the story as it is recent and relevant.

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