Thank you to Minotaur Books and the author for the complimentary advance readers’ edition of HELLO, TRANSCRIBER by Hannah Morrissey for an honest review.
Publication Date: 11/30/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
HELLO, TRANSCRIBER follows Hazel Greenlee, is a new police transcriber (and aspiring writer), working in crime infested Black Harbor in Wisconsin. While she is still in training for her new job, she sees a man she recognizes as her neighbor and her husband’s friend. His confession to hiding a body leaves her reeling and her confidentiality oath leaves her unable to discuss it with anyone.
The body turns out to be a young overdose victim, a death quickly linked to the drug dealer known as Candy Man. Her job to transcribe reports gives her access to information and her proximity to one of the suspects gives her more. Hazel is hooked on the details of this case and the investigative work in particular of detective Nikolai Kole.
The author does a fantastic job of developing this very dark and atmospheric place overrun with crime and danger. I struggled a little bit in the beginning with the portions of the text which were the reports called in by the officers. They are narrating very carefully how they want the reports written, spelling out commas and periods and the like and that is in the text as well. Once I got used to that format, I did appreciate the realism that brought to their reports. It also isn’t as present in the later portions of the book.
Hazel was a very interesting character to follow. She’s got some darkness in herself as well, in addition to a complicated marriage and an interesting work life. Balancing a night job transcribing what she has to transcribe can’t be an easy job. The fact that the author used her own background working as a police transcriber (and aspiring writer) gives the story a lot of authenticity. I found the mystery and the investigation to very gripping as well.
I am very glad to have had the opportunity to read HELLO, TRANSCRIBER! Pub date is on 11/30/2021 so be sure to add this to your TBR!