Dark Thrill reviews: The Mysterious Case of The Alperton Angels by Janice Hallet

 For those who enjoy nosing around in true crime and relish a challenge, this book is a must-read. And if you never read crime, and If you're a fan of authors like Jennifer Egan, "The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels" by Janice Hallett will charm you. This thrilling novel takes you on a deep dive into true crime writing as the author unravels a chilling murder mystery involving a cult, a baby, and a desperate race against time. So, get ready to be absorbed by this gripping and subversive thriller.

Amanda Bailey and Oliver Menzies are on a mission to find the Alperton baby and write the book of the year. However, they soon realize that things are not as simple as they appear. As they attempt to work together, they must navigate their complicated history while competing to be the first to uncover the truth. The secrets they discover about the Angels are shocking, leaving them reeling. The stakes are high, and the danger is real as they risk becoming part of the story they are trying to tell. 

What sets this book apart is its authenticity. You'll feel like you're right there with Amanda as she conducts her research, battles her rival, and meets some truly unique characters along the way. The use of WhatsApp messages, emails, and interview transcripts makes you feel like an active participant in the investigation. With snarky banter, sizzling chemistry, and dogged determination, Amanda and Oliver will stop at nothing to find that one crucial piece of information that will break the case open.

The unique storytelling approach employed in this book manages to maintain its momentum and intrigue, while also incorporating quirky details such as snarky comments from Amanda's transcriber - one of my personal favorites. However, at times, I found myself wishing for more descriptive passages as the book doesn't allow for total immersion and instead requires active participation. As the story unfolds, you'll find yourself piecing together clues alongside Amanda and Oliver. This book is not for the faint of heart or the lazy reader; it's a highly interactive and engaging way to experience a mystery.