A whip-smart and “fast-paced mystery” (The Daily Telegraph, London) from the internationally bestselling author of The Twyford Code and The Appeal about a true crime journalist who revives a long-buried case about a cult—and finds herself too close to the story.
Everyone knows the story of the Alperton Angels: the cult who brainwashed a teenage girl into believing her baby was the anti-Christ. When the girl came to her senses and called the police, the Angels committed suicide and mother and baby disappeared.
Now, true crime author Amanda Bailey is looking to revive her career by writing a book on the case. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen; finding them will be the scoop of the year. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and also on the baby’s trail.
As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realize that the truth about the Angels is much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined, and in pursuit of the story they risk becoming part of it.
About the Author
Janice Hallett is a former magazine editor, award-winning journalist, and government communications writer. She wrote articles and speeches for, among others, the Cabinet Office, Home Office, and Department for International Development. Her enthusiasm for travel has taken her around the world several times, from Madagascar to the Galapagos, Guatemala to Zimbabwe, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. A playwright and screenwriter, she penned the feminist Shakespearean stage comedy NetherBard and cowrote the feature film Retreat. She lives in London and is the author of The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels, The Appeal, The Christmas Appeal, and The Twyford Code.
“Dark, witty, and twisty...Fans of true-crime podcasts will find this complex and eerie novel just as satisfying, surprising and rapidly consumable as their favorite episodes.” —Shelf Awareness
“[M]any-layered, highly complex, and imaginative… Hallett shocks readers with satisfying twists and a dark, unpredictable ending… True crime tackles angels and demons in this devilishly good tale.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Janice Hallett is the queen of found footage thrillers. Using emails, Whats App messages, articles, transcribed interviews, and even pages from a screenplay, Hallett draws readers into the world of Amanda Bailey, a true crime writer whose investigation of a cult stirs up more danger and intrigue than she ever could've imagined. Hallett brilliantly plays with memory and truth and asks what we're willing to do to protect those we love most. A masterful and crescendoing sense of suspense hurtles the novel towards a truly memorable climax.” —Julia Bartz, New York Times bestselling author of The Writing Retreat
“Only a truly incredible brain could produce the puzzle-box marvel that is The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels—days after finishing, I’m still turning over the clues, slack-jawed in awe. Hallett modernizes the epistolary novel, presenting the twisty (and twisted) demise of an apocalyptic cult via emails and texts, giving readers the immersive experience of investigating alongside the book’s journalists. This story is fresh, wildly clever, and impossible to put down. Janice Hallett is a singular talent—she and her brilliant stories are in a league of their own.” —Ashley Winstead, author of Midnight is the Darkest Hour
“Fiendishly clever and thoroughly unique. Hallett is reinventing the genre, one WhatsApp message at a time. I loved every gloriously twisty page.” —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of a Certain Age
“What is remarkable is Hallett's ability to make her characters come alive... combined with her undoubted skill as a plotter, this places Hallett's books in the rare category of rereadable whodunnits.” —Telegraph
“What a treat to be back in a world created by the machiavellian Janice Hallett ... Another cracking mystery from a highly original author.” —Observer
“Her best so far... Deeply intriguing, warm and so much fun.” —Marian Keyes, author of Again, Rachel
“It's not enough to say that this book is fascinating, gripping and clever. It's an astonishing piece of work. Janice Hallett is playing a different ball game to the rest of us.” —Ian Moore, author of Death and Croissants
“Janice Hallett, the author of The Appeal and The Twyford Code, is on a roll. In this quirky, clever tale, two rival true-crime authors are delving into the case of the Alperton Angels.”