The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman – Mindy Mejia

The Last Act of Hattie HoffmanThe Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When 18 year old Hattie is found dead in a barn in her rural little hometown in Minnesota, everybody is shocked. Everybody loved Hattie. She is the perfect daughter, a great listener for her friends, and an exceptional student. Who could have wanted Hattie dead?

But who is Hattie really? She played a role for everybody in her life. Everybody got the Hattie he wanted to see. She was a master-manipulator and played everybody to serve her interests. But she wants to be her real self. I kept asking myself if there really was a real Hattie. Had she really a personality of her own or was she just – that. A girl who was just acting all the time because there nothing else there inside her. She showed all signs of a sociopath. Her lies and deceptions came back to her and literally killed her.

The story is told from 3 different points of views. There is Del, the sheriff who wants to find the one who did this to his best friend’s daughter; Peter, Hattie’s English Teacher and Hattie herself. First I found it disturbing to read from Hattie’s POV, knowing that she would be dead by the end of the book. I don’t like to get close to a character when I know their fate. But it turned out that I did not like Hattie. I could not connect to her and the story did not really tough me, It is a tragic story indeed and it is well written and an easy read. Hattie is an interesting and very realistic character. I just happen to dislike her. Her lack of personality and her manipulative way of threating people was just not very appealing.

It was an entertaining read. The story is not very unique; there are tons of books where young girls in rural towns get killed. But was an easy read and the author did a good job. 3,5 stars

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