Book Description (via Goodreads): Someone is angry in Hogan, Ohio. Residents of the small town are plagued by vicious, anonymous letters. The personalised notes land in mailboxes with devastating effect, revealing secrets and deeds better kept unknown. Whoever the sender is, they know the town and the people who live there. Reporter Tim Abernathy is assigned to the story and tasked with finding out who is sending the letters and why. The letter writer doesn’t want to be found, however, and will kill to keep his secret. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between reporter and letter writer as the violence escalates, shocking the residents of Hogan. Can Tim discover who is terrorising the town before becoming the next victim?
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Murder in the Heart of It All by Michael Prelee five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Compelling, gripping and mysterious. This book had me drawn in after I read the first couple of pages.
I really enjoyed reading this book, especially we find out who the culprit of the novel is near the beginning of the story. I liked this twist as normally, in the books I have read, it’s the main plot twist of a book to find out who the culprit is, but in this case it was no secret to the reader at all. This made me feel very secretive and as though I knew something no-one else did which was very exciting!
There were a range of characters that we learn about in this novel, normally it can be quite overwhelming sometimes as it can be quite difficult to keep up with who is who. However, I felt the author did a fantastic job with making each character unique to one another and I found it a lot easier to recognise each character due to the information and details he used to describe each other.
The author sent this message to me about this novel: Murder in the Heart of It All was inspired by a true criminal who has become known as the Circleville Letter Writer. This was someone who plagued the small town of Circleville, near Columbus, OH, in the 1970’s and 1980’s with anonymous letters. This message truly amazed me to know that this book was inspired by a true criminal who orchestrated anonymous letters to residents in a small town.
I am so grateful to have read this story and would like to thank the author immensly for allowing me to read his book and to review it. I believe I could have read this book in two or three days, if I didn’t have any birthday events last weekend, as the novel was so gripping that I found it really hard to put down sometimes.
This was an outstanding, compelling novel which I thoroughly enjoyed and would love to read more of Michael Prelee’s material.
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