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Janice Hallett

Autor(a) de The Appeal

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Obras de Janice Hallett

The Appeal (2021) 1,094 cópias, 43 resenhas
The Twyford Code (2022) 660 cópias, 36 resenhas
The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels (2023) 342 cópias, 20 resenhas
The Christmas Appeal (2023) 186 cópias, 18 resenhas
The Examiner: A Novel (2024) 7 cópias, 1 resenha
The Examiner (2024) 2 cópias

Associated Works

Retreat [2011 Film] (2011) — Writer — 6 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

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London, England, UK
magazine editor



viscoelastic | outras 19 resenhas | Jul 13, 2024 |
This is an epistolary novel told mainly through emails and text messages about an amateur theatre group and the campaign to raise funds for a toddler’s cancer treatment.

The cover makes it clear this is going to be a murder mystery -- “One murder. Fifteen suspects. Can you uncover the truth?” -- and so I kept expecting the murder to occur sooner. But instead, the story is predominately about everything which happens in the lead-up.

I love this sort of epistolary format. I love reading between the lines to draw conclusions about what is being left out, and that’s an approach which fits in well with trying to solve a mystery. (By 90% through, I strongly suspected who the murderer was, because that theory would explain a particular piece of the puzzle, although I hadn’t figured out how all the other puzzle pieces would fit around and prove it.) I found it interesting to have characters who are only seen through other’s eyes and not through their own correspondence.

I also liked the narrative device for explaining why these documents -- and not others -- have been gathered together. They are evidence from a court case and have been given to two apprentices to analyse from an unbiased perspective.
If you can solve these further riddles, then it’s more than I could at the original hearing: three people are not who they say they are. Three masquerade as others. One does not exist at all.
As the book progresses, Femi and Charlotte’s discussions become more of the focus, and I was surprised to discover that rather than resenting this intrusion to the narrative, I was really interested in what they had to say. In fact, a part of me wishes the two of them had been given even more page-time, if I’d got to know them and their lives, and not just their opinions on the case. It might have been nice to feel invested in some characters who were unambiguously likeable.

Because while I found the epistolary format and the multiple mysteries and the array of personalities fascinating and compelling, and although the resolution was satisfying, in the end I wished that putting this group of characters under the microscope had revealed something more positive.
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Herenya | outras 42 resenhas | Jul 6, 2024 |
That was fun! I enjoyed reading this story told in documents about a misfit group accepted into an arts course by a university employee desperate to make it work so her program isn't given the axe. An examiner, who is supposed to judge the students' work by reading through the messages we see, has questions and believes one of the students has been murdered. Reading along, we guess who is missing and what has happened to them, but guess again - nobody is who they appear to be. And everyone has something to gain.

I did find the number of switchbacks and deceits to get a little much after a while, and some of the reveals were head-scratchers (though one was brilliant - a thoroughly enjoyable experience of having the rug pulled out from under one). This is the first novel by Janice Hallett that I've read, but I'll certainly try others.
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bfister | Jun 29, 2024 |
This is not your usual who-dun-it with buildup, murder, and fierce interviews. Instead, the reader reads the documents in the case, along with the investigators, who are commissioned to discover the real murderer after a person has been convicted. So we are in the same position as the investigators, complete with text messages between them and the appeals attorney (barrister? I forget), nudges to go back and read parts of the evidence, extra information as it arises, and some amazing characters. No 'live' dialog, no suspects in the same room, none of that, and yet completely captivating. The end is satisfying and then chilling. Highly recommended.… (mais)
1 vote
ffortsa | outras 42 resenhas | May 15, 2024 |



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