Today is my turn on the blog tour for The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia. I finally get to share my review with you all after reading this in early February. Totally worth it though! Here’s the usual bookish info first though!
About the book:
Eighteen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. When she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community.
Sheriff Del Goodman, a close 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 Hattie behind the masks, and what happened in that final year of her life.
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Ahhhh Hattie, how you broke my heart….
I had seen The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman on social media late last year maybe. I’m almost certain it was a quote from the book, and I knew instantly I had to read it. Something as innocuous as a twitpic was enough to make me covet this book, and I am so so glad I got to read it. So glad.
I tend not to read the blurbs on books when I’m starting them, purely so I go in relatively blind with regard to what I’m going to be reading so Hattie was a real surprise to me if I’m honest. It wasn’t what I remembered, and it was definitely an unexpected book in so many ways.
I hate going into detail with plots. Especially with books like this one, because there is a dual timeline and more than one character narrating the (alternating) chapters. Do not let this bother you though. It is so well told, and so exceptionally compelling that it will keep you turning those pages.
Hattie is found stabbed to death on the opening night of her schools production of Macbeth. This stuns the tight-knit community where she lives. What follows is a haunting and very evocative investigation with so many subtle nuances that leave the reader questioning everyone and everything in this book. The alternating timelines really add to this as we hear from Hattie, the local Sherriff (Del Goodman), and Hattie’s English teacher, and they all give their own versions of the different events leading up to the murder.
I’m not going to say anymore. There’s nothing I’ve said that you won’t have seen in the book’s descriptions. I will say that this book is a real treat. Terrible subject matter for certain, but it’s absolutely gripping. Small town claustrophobia coupled with secrets and lies make for a devastatingly haunting book.
The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman is a traumatic, emotional, chilling and hugely addictive book. The kind that you will want to keep going back to so you can read just another little bit. The kind that will stay with you after reading it.
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