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The Mysterious Case of the Alpertone Angels

by Janice Hallett

Knox Says

The really clever part of this book is that it's a mixed media book - it's all told through emails, text messages, interview transcripts, newspaper articles, book excerpts, etc. It takes a bit of getting used to, and I thought I wouldn't like it at first, but it's such a clever plot device for telling a story while keeping you unbiased from the perspective and experiences of the characters. If you like unconventional mysteries where you're trying to stay ahead of the author, but the author manages to stay ahead of you, I think you'll enjoy this.


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.