Seventeen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So when she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community.
Local sheriff Del Goodman, a good friend of Hattie’s dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers; it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on. Told from three perspectives: Del’s, Hattie’s high school English teacher and Hattie herself, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman tells the story of the real Hattie, and what happened that final year of school when she dreamed of leaving her small town behind . . .
Wonderfully evocative of its Midwestern setting and with a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a book about manipulation of relationships and identity, about the line between innocence and culpability, about the hope love offers and the tragedies that occur when it spins out of control.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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I’m reviewing The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman Hardcover by Mindy Mejia. Here are my thoughts:
^^ The stage is set in a small mid-western town in America, when aspiring actress Hattie Hoffman is killed. What follows is a murder investigation and how it effects those left behind, and it grabbed me right up to the final scene. (And including, of course!)
^^ The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman is a murder mystery, and told from the point of view of Hattie (the girl who is murdered), Peter, her English teacher and Del, he Sheriff investigating Hattie’s murder.
^^ All the cast above play a huge part in this book, and what drew me in was Hattie herself, and the role she played before her murder. She was the main reason I kept reading, not just because I wanted to find out who killed her, but because she was a great character with a strong voice and really shone through like the star she was.
^^ The Last act of Hattie Hoffman is an intriguing psychological thriller/whodunnit. There are, as expected, many twists and turns, leading to the grand finale when the final curtain comes down and the murderer is revealed.
Overall: An enjoyable satisfying read, which will keep you guessing right through to the last act!
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