Review of THE APPEAL by Janice Hallett

What an intriguing, captivating way to write a novel! Told via emails and what’s app messages between the characters, this is a whodunit murder mystery without equal. The main characters are many, but throughout the book, I felt like I got to know them well as they revealed things about themselves and each other via their correspondence. Thus, in a very creative way, the characters were fully developed and the plot raced to a stunning conclusion. I was guessing all the way through about who would die and who would be responsible, and I must admit I kept guessing incorrectly. I really enjoyed the riddles established by the investigator, with people not being who they seemed and one person not existing. Wow! Mind-blowing and so totally engaging! I could not get through this book fast enough to satisfy my own curiosity and since this is a debut novel, I sincerely look forward to more from this author. The winning combination of mystery and deep revelations of character was a perfect way to entice me to keep reading until the very end. It was like reading an Agatha Christie novel in epistolary form, so good and such a welcome respite from the same mysteries that I usually read. Loved it and highly recommend it to mystery lovers everywhere! 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
This is a mystery with a twist since it is told in epistolary form. I would rate it PG because of the murder, but there is no graphic violence described nor expletives used.

Information about the author can be found at Sheiland. She is a British author and this is her debut novel. Promises to be a real blockbuster and has already been optioned for a TV series.

Available on January 25th at your favorite bookstore. Here are some links to help you find this delicious murder mystery:



Barnes and Noble


Many thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for the ARC to read and review! This is one of the best mystery books that I have read in a very long time!

4 thoughts on “Review of THE APPEAL by Janice Hallett

  1. Sounds fascinating! The only book I’ve read that resembles that format is “Up the Down Staircase,” about a high school teacher in a school full of high-risk kids. It was written (before the internet) in the form of memos to the teachers, entries in students’ journals, notes passed in class, etc. I liked that one, I’m going to look up this one. 😉

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