This is an interesting one y’all!
Told entirely through emails and text communications we follow two young lawyers as they try to determine who might be guilty of murder based solely on emails, messages, and letters. Tasked with finding out who the real victim is and who is being imprisoned falsely, we get a glimpse into how these two lawyers try to solve the case just from written communication. At first this format of messages, and letters etc, barely give us any information. I spent the first half of the book wondering what I was looking for and what exactly the story was. But as it continued on, I found my nosey self really enjoying the format. I felt as if I was really getting to see what a prosecutor would have to filter through to make a case. This format thought will certainly not be for everyone, and the whole book is this way not just parts of it.
The other thing that could be a turn off for some readers is the number of characters you have to keep track of. We do get completed lists of the characters a few times throughout the book, but it’s super easy to lose track of who is who, how they’re connected, who said what, etc. If you don’t like tons of characters then this one is probably not for you.
While I wasn’t sure about this one at first it completely sucked me in. Since you only get snippets of information as you go through the story, it’s easy to keep turning pages to find out more. We also never know exactly who is involved in the crime, nor what the crime is, which made me constantly on the ‘lookout’ for clues as I was reading. I felt I was almost playing a game of clue or figuring out an elaborate puzzle as I read through the book, which made it highly entertaining.
The Appeal is out now! Huge thank you to Atria Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.