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 story of the Alperton Angels: the cult-like group who were convinced one of their member’s babies was the anti-Christ, and they had a divine mission to kill it – until the baby’s mother, Holly, came to her senses and called the police. The Angels committed suicide rather than go to prison, and Holly – and the 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, and the truth is something much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined.
This story is far from over – and it won’t have a happy ending.
Hi and welcome to my review of The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels!
I could probably make a living out of reading crime fiction if I were paid for every crime thriller I read. That is exactly why every novel by Janice Hallett is a sight for sore eyes: with her unique style she always shakes up the genre and The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels is another breath of fresh air.
The case of the Alperton Angels is a mysterious case indeed. Decades have passed and it’s still not clear what actually happened back in the nineties. There are a lot of theories and the book and its many messages, transcripts, script extracts etc. are composed in such a way that for the longest time I had no clue what to think. It was very easy to believe that what I was reading was actual research for a true crime thriller.
What I look for in mysteries and thrillers, Alperton Angels has in spades: all of the mystery, all of the intrigue, all of the suspense, red herrings and twists. What it also boasts that most other books don’t: a highly original manner of presenting the reader with all of the above, thus encouraging us to join in the sleuthing. However, if you want my advice, try and keep the sleuthing to a minimum if you don’t want your head to explode 😬
The less said the better in this case, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet: The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels is a fantastic, intricate and surprising mystery in a brilliant format and I had an absolute ball reading it. Highly recommended.
The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels is out on 19 January in digital formats, audio and hardcover, with the paperback to follow in September.
Massive thanks to Viper Books and NetGalley for the eARC. All opinions are my own.