Everyone thought they knew Hattie Hoffman. When she was murdered, they found out just how wrong they were. This is a gripping, intense murder that shatters the peace of a claustrophobic small town.
Seventeen-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.
Local 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 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.
I did not like any of the characters in the Last Act of Hatti Hoffman, BUT, I LOVED the story.
The trouble one teenage girl can make by being manipulative and forming a romantic attachment to a vulnerable teacher is what this story is all about. She does pay the ultimate price, however the lives destroyed along the way cause a catastrophic effect on the families in this small community.
The Last Act of Hatti Hoffman is intriguing and sad and the author has pulled all the plot threads together beautifully. This plot driven story will keep you intrigued and reading through the night, however, if you like a happy ending you may find it hard to find in this book. What you will discover is when people are winding their way through their life it only takes one internet connection for the house of cards to fall.
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