Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Appeal by Janice Hallett, published by Viper Books.
In a town full of secrets…
Someone was murdered.
Someone went to prison.
And everyone’s a suspect.
Can you uncover the truth?
Dear Reader – enclosed are all the documents you need to solve a case. It starts with the arrival of two mysterious newcomers to the small town of Lockwood, and ends with a tragic death.
Someone has already been convicted of this brutal murder and is currently in prison, but we suspect they are innocent. What’s more, we believe far darker secrets have yet to be revealed.
Throughout the Fairway Players’ staging of All My Sons and the charity appeal for little Poppy Reswick’s life-saving medical treatment, the murderer hid in plain sight. Yet we believe they gave themselves away. In writing. The evidence is all here, between the lines, waiting to be discovered.
Will you accept the challenge? Can you uncover the truth?
The standout debut thriller of 2021 that delivers multiple brilliant twists, and will change the way you think about the modern crime novel.
In line with the theme of drama brought to you by the local theatrical society, this story is packed with intrigue and a mystery to unravel. The reader is invited to help solve the mystery but with somebody already in jail for the crime, is the mystery unsolved? Or will you the reader be the hero of the story and solve the murder and setting the innocent free?
Every now and then you get a rare gem of a book to read and The Appeal is just that! WOW I loved everything about this book! From its striking cover, its well thought through and intriguing plot, its format which is such a refreshing change from how these books are normally structured and how it had me completely enthralled, makes this such a brilliant read!
I am actually still gobsmacked that this is the authors debut novel. She definitely gives some seasoned authors a run for their money that’s for sure! It is smart, clever, entertaining and so damn addictive, I had to read it in one sitting. There was no way I could stop until it had all played out.
The characters are very well written and developed and even though there a few to keep tabs on, their roles are very clearly defined, which is a huge plus. There was never a time that I was confused as to who each was, which I can struggle with at times. The writing is sharp and engaging and had me hanging on its every word.
The Appeal is a must read for 2021. Gripping, intense, twists and turn aplenty, refreshing in its execution and masterfully written, I can’t recommend this book highly enough! Janice Hallett definitely has a very bright future ahead of her in the literacy world and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with for us next.
Thank you to Janice Hallett, Viper Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Appeal, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Janice Hallett
Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. After gaining an MA in Screenwriting at Royal Holloway, she co-wrote the feature film Retreat.
The Appeal is inspired by her lifelong interest in amateur dramatics. Her second novel, The Twyford Code, will be published by Viper in 2022. When not indulging her passion for global adventure travel, she is based in West London.