Will The Appeal appeal to you? The Appeal by Janice Hallett

The Appeal: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Pub date: January 25, 2022

The first book cover is for the U.S. version where the book has not yet been published. The second cover is for the British edition. That one was published on July 1st of this year. Wherever and whenever you purchase your novels, I recommend this title.

Ms. Hallett tells her entire tale through documents. These include emails, texts, reports, character lists and more. Some may not like this format but I found it intriguing as I observed the characters revealing themselves. With the help of a list of the members of the amateur dramatic society to refer back to, I was able to keep track of everyone.

There is a lot going on here and, at times, readers will wonder how it could all possibly resolve. No spoilers so just a bit on plot. An amateur dramatics society is putting together a production of All My Sons which places all of the main characters in proximity. The head of the society, Martin, has a granddaughter Poppy. Readers are informed that Poppy has cancer and that a good deal of funding is required via crowd sourcing to fund her treatment. Is this legitimate?

Poppy’s doctor may not be the upstanding practitioner that she claims to be. She has connections to two other characters, Sam and Kel. Africa is something that they have in common. But…all does not appear well among them.

There are numerous other subplots and much is made of the characters interrelationships. Who is not whom they appear to be? Does everyone lie? To what does the book’s title refer?

When there is a murder, an already complex plot becomes more so. Will the two young law students assigned to go through all of the documents be able to solve the case? Read this one to find out.

I had wanted to read this book ever since I saw it on a British book site. The pages turn very quickly and I frequently found myself wanting to read just one more entry.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this title. All opinions are my own.

From the Publisher (British)

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The standout debut thriller of 2021 that delivers multiple brilliant twists, and will change the way you think about the modern crime novel.


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I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

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