Review: The Appeal by Janice Hallet

Author: Janice Hallet
Publisher: Viper
Released: January 14, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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Colder seasons always put me in a thriller mood – anyone else? The latest novel on my thriller binge is The Appeal, which is actually a very different read than usual. It’s why I picked it. Written by Janice Hallet, the novel is a series of documents and collected curios than a linear novel, and I couldn’t resist.

The Appeal consists of a series of documents, including e-mails, texts, and message board posts, revolving around the Fairway Players’ Staging of All My Sons. That in itself is not the exciting part or the purpose of this collection.

The truth is hidden inside these documents – revealing critical information about the death of one of the characters involved. The trick is finding that information before it is too late.

It’s been a hot minute since I read an epistolary mystery, so I’m thrilled that The Appeal came across my desk. On that note, I’ll be the first to admit that this is not a book for everyone. If you don’t like experimental formats, or reading a collection of faux documents, then this might not be your cup of tea. However, if you enjoy picking up your sleuthing cap to try and solve a mystery on your own…well, that makes you the perfect candidate for The Appeal.

The Appeal is about two young lawyers sifting through a jumble of documents in hopes of discovering the truth surrounding a suspicious death. That would be the death of one of the Fairway Players’ crewmates, to be precise.

It gets a little convoluted and twisty at times, but the puzzle pieces are available for readers to discover. So if you’re looking for a mystery to solve, consider checking out The Appeal.

Thanks to Viper and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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