REVIEW: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia

Note:  Also goes by the title ‘Everything you want me to be’


Seventeen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So 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 good 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.



Wow, wow, wow! What a brilliant book. The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman is told by three different people, Hattie herself, Peter and Del – the police detective who is tasked with finding Hattie’s murderer. The small town feel of the novel added to the intrigue of the novel as the detective himself had ties to everything, even Hattie’s parents as friends. Everyone encountered is suspect and I can honestly say who I thought would be the killer, wasn’t. Just when I thought it was going one way, it turned and went another! Love it when a book keeps me on my toes. Wonderful writing and clearly an up and coming author!

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