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Published by Avon, 19 May
2016. ISBN: 978-0-0081-7146-9
Lizzie Wells was working as a high class escort,
when she was accused of the murder of one of her clients. It was a set-up, she
was innocent. However, with all the evidence against her, and having a baby son
to care for, she took the decision to plead guilty, knowing this would lead to
a shorter sentence.
While in prison she
falls in love with her cell-mate Scar. A little later she receives the
devastating news that her baby son has died of meningitis and she wasn’t there
when it happened. Lizzie is beside herself and decides to get even. Along with
her new lover and cellmate Scar, they vow to track down the real murderer who had
framed Lizzie for the killing of her client, and then serve their own justice.
The books then
takes an accelerated pace, as their prison release comes and they set off on
their vigilante mission.
Lizzie and Scar are
well written and a good compliment for each other in this thriller. Scar is the
calmer, she thinks things through, although her prison sentence had been for
cutting a man’s manhood with a knife, so not a person to cross. Lizzie, on the
other hand is hot-headed, driven by her anger and jumps in feet first, making
many nail-biting situations along the way.
Lizzie is the
vigilante, and although, as readers we are one hundred percent on her side and
we won’t be satisfied at the end of the book if she hasn’t found out the truth,
and served a due punishment, there are many surprise twists and turns and
unseen shocks, on the way.
I hope there will
be other books with this character in them, or even both the women. I will
certainly be looking out for anything by this writer. She (or is Jaime a he)?
knows how to write page-turning suspense, knows how to construct a good story,
and knows how to write a satisfying, but unexpected ending. Highly recommended
for lovers of hard crime.
Linda Reganis the author of six
police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters
degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column,
including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the
book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader, and
welcomes the chance to read new writers