- Book: The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels ( Hardback)
- Author: Janice Hallett
- Publisher: Serpent’s Tail/ Viper/ Profile Books
- Publication Date: 19/01/23
- My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️➕
THE NEW MYSTERY PHENOMENON FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE APPEAL AND THE TWYFORD CODE *** Open the safe deposit box. Inside you will find research material for a true crime book. You must read the documents, then make a decision. Will you destroy them? Or will you take them to the police? Everyone knows the sad story of the Alperton Angels: the cult who brainwashed a teenage girl and convinced her that her newborn baby was the anti-Christ. Believing they had a divine mission to kill the infant, they were only stopped when the girl came to her senses and called the police. The Angels committed suicide rather than stand trial, while mother and baby disappeared into the care system. Nearly two decades later, true-crime author Amanda Bailey is writing a book on the Angels. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen and can finally be interviewed; if Amanda can find them, it will be the true-crime scoop of the year, and will save her flagging career. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and is also on the baby’s trail. As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realise that what everyone thinks they know about the Angels is wrong. The truth is something much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined. And the story of the Alperton Angels is far from over.. After all, the devil is in the detail…
I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was over the moon when I checked my emails and discovered I’d been approved to read this, I stayed up long into the night when I read the previous two books and I just knew this one would be the same.
Straight away this book had the familiar vibe of The Appeal and The Twford Code which I’ve grown to love and expect from a Janice Hallett book.
The premise is you’ve got a key to a safety deposit box full of research material for a true crime book, you can either read it and return it to the box and lock it away or read it and hand it over to the police?. Which would you choose?.
You get to make your own decision when you’ve read the book as the book is full of transcripts from interviews, emails, texts, etc that Amanda Bailey compiled whilst researching The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels.
Things started to not add up from what we thought we knew about the Alperton Angels cult, the more I read the more I thought somethings not right here. I should have took notes really but I was too busy reading to find out if my suspicions are true or not.
My final thoughts are that this book is a masterpiece! I couldn’t believe what I was reading it had so many layers to it and so many red herrings. Lets not talk about the Twists! Because it had so many I couldn’t keep up.
My decision would be to read the documents then lock the safety deposit box back up and never let it see the light of day again.
⭐️Slight spoilers below⭐️
I loved Ellie Coopers little quips that she wrote when she was transcribing everything.
I loved the nod to Michelle McNamara in the Authors Acknowledgments as I’m a huge fan of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and all her tireless work to unmask the Golden State Killer/EAR.