Review of The Appeal

Posted February 8, 2022 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review of The Appeal

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Appeal by Janice Hallett
Genres: Mystery
Published by Viper on January 14, 2021
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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Dear Reader,
Enclosed are documents relating to the events surrounding the Fairway Players' staging of All My Sons, and the tragic death of one of its members. Another member is currently in prison for the crime. We have reason to suspect that they are innocent, and that there were far darker secrets that have yet to be revealed.
We believe that the killer has given themselves away. It's there in writing, hidden in the emails, texts, and letters. In the events surrounding the charity appeal for little Poppy Reswick, and the question of whether that money was truly being used to fund her life-saving cancer treatment. Will you accept the challenge? Can you uncover the truth? Do you dare?
The standout debut thriller of 2021 that delivers multiple brilliant twists, and will change the way you think about the modern crime novel.

Here is what I thought

I don’t think I paid good enough attention to the blurb of this book or something because I didn’t realize it was going to be all written in emails with a few text and articles. I am not a huge fan of this type of thing, but I was curious because I felt like this was the first time where I had to try and figure out who the victimn was going to be, then who might have been jailed but innocent and who the real killer was, so that part of this was very unique at least to me.

It starts out with an email from a lawyer to two of his young assistants. He gives them 4,000 emails, with an occasional text. He tell them to go through it and see if they can catch a killer. He doesn’t tell them who was killed or who was jailed or anything so there for you don’t know either. Then you read email after email about a group of people who are part of the Fairway Players an amature theater group. You also get some other people that these main people talk to plus a doctor who is treating Poppy.

Basically, the group is getting ready to put on a play and Issy invites a couple of newcommers to join. Then the director Martin gets horrible news that his granddaughter Poppy has brain cancer and turns over the directing to his son, but his wife still will be in the play. Everyone rallies around them and starts fundraising for a life saving drug and then things start to get a bit interesting.

Basically the beginning was very boring with mundane emails about this, that and the other that these people email each other about life, etc. I really didn’t care. There was a lot of times when I almost gave it up and DNFed because I was bored, but a part of me was curious and the last 40% got more interesting as I started to figure things out. The who, the why, etc. Something fish was going on…lol. Then the ending felt a bit to long and I was just like tell me who it was!

I am happy to say that I knew who was murdered, and I figured out the killer. I also thought it was about 30 pages to long. I also think that in this day and age people would text and not email each other for every little thing. I mean some emails were two sentence long, who does that these days? Probably nobody, so it should have been a lot of text with a few emails. Then the last like 10% or so was the two assistants hashing out scenarios on if this person did this, then this happened, over and over which is why the ending dragged.

Overall, it was kind of interesting and a different way of making a mystery I just think the execution was a bit off.

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