Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Review of M.C. Hall's Smothered

Kitty Holbrooke was nine years old and a rising child star when she was found murdered after apparently being abducted from her home.
The people's main suspects are her parents and her sister.
No one was ever charged with her murder, but fifteen years an online tabloid announces they have found the killer at last.
Just who killed Kitty Holbrooke? And will the truth behind the whole story finally emerge?

Oh  boy, oh boy, oh boy. Where do I start?
Okay no beating about the bush I absolutely loved this book. It had me gripped from the onset and kept me guessing right to the end.
M.C. takes you through the case from the day Kitty went missing, and there are so many twists and turns as to who was or who was not responsible for her death.
I felt as if I was on a roller coaster ride as first I suspected one person and then another.
This is a mystery novel in the true sense of the word, as you can't determine who is telling the truth and who is lying.
M.C. paints a picture of a family torn apart that is revealed to be far from perfect, and a police investigation that stumbles from the start to uncover the culprit.
If you love mystery novels and then you can't miss Smothered. It's a must read and I can't praise it highly enough.

Five Stars out of Five.

Date Published: 12-1-17
Publisher: 50/50 Press

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Fifteen years ago, Kitty Holbrooke was set to be the greatest child star since Shirley Temple. Days after completing her debut film, the young girl was kidnapped from her home in the middle of the night. The next day, a rambling ransom note appeared in the family's mailbox, but as the family scrambled to gather the money, police discovered Kitty's body. Due to the media circus surrounding the case, changing testimony from key witnesses, and police missteps, lead detective Andrea Bennett was never able to bring Kitty's killer to justice, and the case that rocked a nation went cold. Today, an online tabloid has uncovered Kitty Holbrooke's shocking case files including never-before-seen police interviews, confidential emails, secret text messages, and sealed grand jury transcripts. The Internet explodes as fans devour and comment on each piece of new evidence, desperately hoping that they, too, can help solve the mystery. Loosely inspired by the JonBenet Ramsey case, this unique, thrilling mystery is told through police transcripts and documents, and will keep readers guessing until the very end.

About the Author

M.C. Hall is the pen name of Megan Cassidy Hall. She also writes books for children and young adults under the name Megan E. Cassidy. In addition to writing, Megan works as an English professor teaching a variety of courses including Creative Writing and Children and Young Adult Literature. Megan’s previous novels include Always, Jessie and The Misadventures of Marvin Miller. Her poetry and short stories have been featured in numerous publications, and can be found on her website.

In 2016, Megan co-founded 50/50 Press with her husband Stephen Hall. You can visit their website or follow them on Twitter 

Megan is available for book discussions, readings, and signings. Connect with her on Twitter or on Facebook 

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