The Appeal (Paperback)Janice Hallett (author)
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A drama production and a fundraiser lead to murder in this fiendishly clever whodunit, presented as a series of documents – emails, messages and transcripts – that hold the keys to the mystery.
Waterstones Thriller of the Month for July 2021
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.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm
'This dazzlingly clever cosy crime novel in emails completely trumps Richard Osman... Hallett uses the epistolatory form to superb effect in this terrific debut.' - Sunday Times
'The Appeal grips from the start, expertly stage-managing emails and messages to create an intriguing mystery with a cast of vivid, memorable characters. Original, clever, devious - and never less than utterly compelling - this is a case you're about to become obsessed with. A real triumph.' - Alex North, bestselling author of The Whisper Man
'[A] daring debut... Hallett will soon have you laughing out loud... The Appeal is clever and funny.' - The Times
'Very gripping. I loved the ambitious and unusual approach.' - Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of Haven't They Grown
'One of the most enjoyable books I've read all year. Extremely addictive, it will reel you in, one piece of evidence at a time. Ingenious and highly original.' - Alex Pavesi, author of Eight Detectives
'Takes the whodunnit to a whole new level. Intriguing, clever and above all, wholly original. A rare feat indeed, and to be savoured.' - Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner
'Fiendishly clever, highly original and totally gripping.' - Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood
'What a cracking book. Fresh, original and very clever.' - Mel Sherratt, author of Taunting the Dead
'Brilliantly crafted, The Appeal is a refreshingly different take on the modern crime novel. Full of suspicion and secrets, I raced my way to the end - and what an ending!.' - Lisa Hall, author of The Party
'Brilliantly original, inventive and clever. I loved this book and you will too.' - Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
'Highly original with characters that leap off the page. An addictive read.' - Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend
'I loved this - it's utterly compulsive and unlike anything I've read in a while. It is such a cliche to say it, but I genuinely could NOT put it down. Bravo.' - Katie Lowe, author of The Furies
'A very clever novel that puts you in the place of an investigator. A hugely enjoyable challenge and a most original book.' - Jane Lythell, author of The Lie of You
'A totally original take on a thriller - intriguing and dark but with a dash of humour - I raced through it.' - Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet
'A wonderfully revealing portrait of how we communicate - what we hide and show of ourselves. It's sharp, funny, a brilliant game, and once you start playing you won't be able to stop.' - Rachel Elliot, author of Whispers Through a Megaphone
'So cleverly written. I felt like I was a trainee lawyer sifting through evidence and trying to discover the culprit. It was exciting, fresh, and forces the reader to be an active investigator. I loved it.' - Louise Mullins, author of I Know You
'What a book. Right up there with the best I've read this year. Great characters, smart structure, and kept me guessing all the way to the end.' - Dan Malakin, author of The Regret
'A brilliant hybrid of Agatha Christie and Silk.' - Guy Morpuss QC
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