The Appeal Book Review.

The Appeal was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Serpents Tail/Profile Books and Netgalley for this e-Arc. 

Book: The Appeal 

Author: Janice Hallett 

Publication date: 14th January 2021

Genre: Mystery 

Rating: 3 stars 


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?

My Thoughts 

I went into this book without really knowing a lot. I wasn’t very sure on the premise and went into this blindly. This story was formatted very differently from what I am used to with my thrillers. It was all based around emails that have been recovered over a couple of months. We know someone was murdered and we know someone was wrongfully convicted. We also have direct messages thrown in too, where two people are trying to figure out what happened and spitballing ideas at one another. 

Due to this story being told through emails I never got to learn very much about the characters at all and didn’t feel like I had a connection with the story at all. I feel like we missed out on a lot of character development and inner thoughts and dialogue which could have lent to the intrigue of the story. Unfortunately I found myself very distanced from the story. 

 I found it to be quite confusing because it jumped around a lot and we missed out on a lot of replies to emails which made me very confused and felt lost within the story. 

Although I found some flaws within this story and it wasn’t particularly for me I did find some of the twists to be fun and shocking. If you like fun and quirky formatted stories this one’s for you.

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