The Walls
What if you could get away with murder?Single mom Kristy Tucker works as press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections - handling everything on death row, from inmate interviews to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it's one that's beginning to take its toll.So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son's martial arts instructor, she believed she finally found her happy ending. She was wrong.Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she's willing to take matters into her hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance - permanently.THE WALLS explores domestic violence, the morality of murder and how far one woman will go to protect her family.

The Walls Details

TitleThe Walls
Author
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
PublisherCentury
ISBN-139781780895093
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller

The Walls Review

  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!!My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/How far would you go to protect your family? Would you kill to protect them? “The Walls” makes you consider the answers to those questions.Kristy Tucker’s job is watching people die. That’s a blunt way of putting it and it’s definitely not the only part of her job, but it’s the part that really stands out. The people she sees put to death are all convicted killers, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Kristy ha 4.5 Stars!!My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/How far would you go to protect your family? Would you kill to protect them? “The Walls” makes you consider the answers to those questions.Kristy Tucker’s job is watching people die. That’s a blunt way of putting it and it’s definitely not the only part of her job, but it’s the part that really stands out. The people she sees put to death are all convicted killers, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Kristy has witnessed the execution of 37 people, and she can name them all.This is definitely not her dream job. But as a single mother, working as a public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice pays the bills and offers good benefits. Kristy serves as mediator between inmates, the press, and the prison system. Her teenage son, Ryan really hates her job and is especially sensitive when it comes to the executions. He’s even started attending protests. On the one hand she’s proud of Ryan but she could lose her job if others found out.Kristy has dealt with many different types of inmates. Some are the monsters people think they are but others are desperate people that got caught up in a bad situation. Then there are the ones who claim they are innocent.Every day, Kristy walks past a sign that says:NOTICE. NO HOSTAGES WILL EXIT THROUGH THIS GATE “This sign served as a reminder that these inmates were not to be trusted, that in here, your life hung in a delicate balance”. One of the inmates that Kristy visits is Clifton Harris. He’s been on death row for over eight years. He’s the one they call Baby Killer Harris. Although he’s been convicted of killing his two children, he has maintained his innocence all of these years.Is he lying to Kristy or is he truly an innocent man?Kristy’s job is never easy and when Ryan gets into trouble in school it adds to her list of worries. When she learns that Ryan has been taking martial arts classes behind her back, she gets angry. But then she meets the man training her son. His name is Lance Dobson. He reassures her and she soon sees that her son is benefiting from Lance’s tutelage. The more Kristy gets to know Lance, the more she likes him. Ryan likes him. Her Pops likes him. He seems like a wonderful man....But is he?And when push comes to shove....How far will Kristy go to keep her family safe? “Maybe she needed a monster to fight a monster”“The Walls” deals with a lot of sensitive issues like the death penalty, domestic abuse, the justice system, parenting, and more. There are parts that were very difficult to read. There’s quite a lot going on, but I thought the author pulled it all together very well. I was glued to this book, it was very intense at times and I didn’t want to put it down.Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, though there were a few things that made me go hmmmmmmm... I started this book after reading a few mixed reviews, which may have helped me let go of a few things. At any rate, I was drawn in to this novel from the first page and found it to be an intriguing and action packed story with some great characters and an interesting plot. It was definitely thought-provoking and it really made me think about guilt and innocence in a different way. I liked how the author included some of the cases Kristy was working on. Kristy’s interactions with Clifton were a wonderful part of the story. There were a few things I wished ended differently but overall, I found it all came together in a satisfying way.This was my first read from Hollie Overton but I can say for certain that it won’t be my last.Thank you NetGalley and Hachette Book Group for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsPsychological thriller about a woman who must choose whether or not to become a murderer. Kristy Tucker is faced with this conundrum in The Walls. She can either remain in an abusive marriage or she can take the only way out that she can see, which is by killing her husband. Making this even more complicated is the fact that Kristy works as public information officer at “The Walls,” the place where Death Row inmates are executed. Part of Kristy’s job is to mediate between the inmates 3.5 StarsPsychological thriller about a woman who must choose whether or not to become a murderer. Kristy Tucker is faced with this conundrum in The Walls. She can either remain in an abusive marriage or she can take the only way out that she can see, which is by killing her husband. Making this even more complicated is the fact that Kristy works as public information officer at “The Walls,” the place where Death Row inmates are executed. Part of Kristy’s job is to mediate between the inmates and the press. As a result, she has encountered some of the most notorious criminals. While she understands the legal ramifications of committing murder, she also is presented with unique insight into how to commit the perfect crime. When we first meet Kristy, she feels like she is stuck. She hates her job, especially when she has to witness executions. She also is struggling to take care of her ailing father, while at the same time trying to raise her 14 year old son on her own. When she starts dating Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she feels like she is finally living versus just existing. At first, Lance seems like her "Knight in Shining Armor”, but soon after they marry, Kristy comes to realize that she married a monster. Kristy’s life takes a dramatic turn, to the point where she is safer in the prison than in her own home. The Walls is fast-paced and suspenseful. Not only does it deal with domestic violence, it also presents commentaries on the justice system and death penaltyI didn’t love The Walls (I think there was a little too much going on in terms of commentaries on the justice system, the death penalty, and domestic violence), but I did like the premise of a woman who works for the prison system potentially becoming a criminal. The Walls made me think, and for this reason I bumped it up to a higher rating than I was planning.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    This story touches on a lot of topics. The death penalty, abuse, motherhood, how far one can be willing to go to protect what's theirs, and family. A lot was packed into this book, but it never lost my attention. If I hadn't read the blurb before the book, I still would have known there was something wrong with Lance. Even while he was still wearing the facade of perfect man, I found him to be simply too much. Too generous, too macho, too overbearing. Didn't like him much from the beginning. It' This story touches on a lot of topics. The death penalty, abuse, motherhood, how far one can be willing to go to protect what's theirs, and family. A lot was packed into this book, but it never lost my attention. If I hadn't read the blurb before the book, I still would have known there was something wrong with Lance. Even while he was still wearing the facade of perfect man, I found him to be simply too much. Too generous, too macho, too overbearing. Didn't like him much from the beginning. It's hard for many people to see beyond how a potential romantic partner presents themself in the beginning, and Kristy was no exception. Having birthed her son as a teenager and raised him as a single parent, Kristy also lacked the sort of experience most people have with dating. She didn't stand a chance against the charming, handsome Lance. Kristy works as a public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Death is part of her job. The hardest part is witnessing executions. She also has to mediate between the staff, the prisoners, and the press. It's not a glamorous job, and she never intended it to be her career. The pay supports her little family though. She can't deny that sometimes her job bothers her sometimes, but she does it diligently. Her world is rocked when she actually begins to believe Clifton Harris, a man convicted of murdering his children and sentenced to death, may be innocent.In the beginning of the story, it's just her, her ailing father, and her teenage son. Until Lance worms his way in, using her son to get closer to Kristy. They have a fantastic relationship until they're married and Lance snaps on her one night, smacking her face when she's about to drunkenly smoke a cigarette, which she did very rarely. She's stunned. She tells herself it was one time, one overreaction. He loves her. But it doesn't stop at one time. (Once is too many, anyway.) Her father and son Ryan are blind to his true nature, but he keeps getting worse and worse. She's now terrified of the man she married, for good reason. When she finally decides she's had enough and tells him she wants out, he injures her severely and threatens Pops and Ryan, who mean everything to her. How can she escape without her family getting hurt? Lance is conniving, and has fooled everyone she knows. He's the selfless one, marrying a single woman with a teenage son and caring for him as if he's his own, even kind and charming to her father. She thinks there's no way out that'll guarantee the safety of her loved ones... unless she kills him. Kristy knows what gets murders caught. She knows how they slip up. She thinks she might be able to pull it off... but does she have the strength? I'm not going to lie, the chapters with Clifton were some of my favorite parts. Good people are wrongfully convicted. It happens, the system isn't perfect. I spent the whole book on edge... wondering if he was innocent, and if he'd be saved. Wondering if Kristy could commit murder and get away with it. Intense! The ending wasn't perfect to me, but still earned four stars. I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Hachette Book Group, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I began reading this book without knowing the storyline, reading it because of author name recognition. I enjoyed Hollie Overton’s first novel Baby Doll and a tv show she collaborated on, Cold Case. 32-year old Kristy Tucker is a public information officer for the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice, handling communications for the “The Walls”, the ‘most active death chamber in the country”, as the conduit between death row inmates and the press. Despite her criminal behavior expertise, Kristy, doesn I began reading this book without knowing the storyline, reading it because of author name recognition. I enjoyed Hollie Overton’s first novel Baby Doll and a tv show she collaborated on, Cold Case. 32-year old Kristy Tucker is a public information officer for the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice, handling communications for the “The Walls”, the ‘most active death chamber in the country”, as the conduit between death row inmates and the press. Despite her criminal behavior expertise, Kristy, doesn’t spot the warning signs in a new relationship. Only after marrying the charismatic Lance (who had me fooled as well), does Kristy experience her Prince Charming’s dark side, the torturous abuser. With feelings of fear, helplessness and something resembling love, Kristy grapples with how to get this monster out of her life. I loved Kristy’s character, her resilience and unwavering commitment to protect her son and sick father. She is a resourceful survivor, with guts and tenacity.Amidst her tumultuous home life, Kristy finds solace at work and befriends a death row inmate named Clifton Harris. Oh my gosh, I loved this character! Clifton is a gentle, kind man and I couldn’t believe he murdered his two young children. The letters he writes to Kristy throughout the book beginning as pleas for help were my absolute favorite parts. Such beautiful and profound prose as their relationship grows into a more caring one.Overton’s recently deceased mother endured domestic abuse and Hollie’s compassion for an abuse victim shows. She also clearly has a strong opinion about the morality of capital punishment. Thanks to Hachette Book Group for the ARC.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    The Walls is one of the hardest books this year for me to review because I've had a hard time fully accepting the storyline. But, at the same time was it awfully thrilling to read when everything started to happen. To be honest, did I right from the start feel some hesitancy towards this book. The blurb gives away way too much of the plot, and it was pretty obvious what would happen. And, I just didn't connect at first with the story and its characters. But, I loved Baby Doll, the author's debut The Walls is one of the hardest books this year for me to review because I've had a hard time fully accepting the storyline. But, at the same time was it awfully thrilling to read when everything started to happen. To be honest, did I right from the start feel some hesitancy towards this book. The blurb gives away way too much of the plot, and it was pretty obvious what would happen. And, I just didn't connect at first with the story and its characters. But, I loved Baby Doll, the author's debut novel so, despite not feeling the same intriguing feeling towards this book as I did when I read Baby Doll did I decide to carry on reading to see where the story would take me.As I wrote previously is the blurb way too revealing. You know pretty much half the book just by reading it. And, that's why it took so long time for me to really get into the book. It got better when Kristy started to investigate Lance background and at the same time starting to plan a way out of her marriage. To be honest, was I amazed that she didn't try to tell anyone (besides the most unlikely person) about her situation or in some way try to gather evidence towards her husband. Instead, did she start to think of a way to get rid of him, permanently. Felt a bit drastic. However, I can't deny that it made the last book nail-biting thrilling to read. Would she, in the end, do it? Could she really do it? I will leave it there and just say that this part of the book was my favorite part, it felt like I breezed through the pages in my pursuit of knowing what would happen at the end. The Walls prove that Hollie Overton is here to stay. With Doll baby did she spellbind me, and with The Walls did she prove that even though the plot is pretty obvious is the writing so good that I ended the book, not 100% sure if I liked the book or not (it was very, very late and my emotions were all over the place), but at the same time did it hook me completely. I mean, there are things that bothered, besides the issues I've written about, but darn it, I must admit that the thrilling aspects of the last half of the book overrule that. Now, I can't for Overton to write something else to spellbind me. I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Book Group for an advanced electronic ARC of this novel, in exchange for an honest review. “The Walls” is a suspense-fueled, gripping read, by the author of the bestselling novel, “Baby Doll”. Kristy Tucker works at a prison, in public relations, almost exclusively with death row inmates. She sees death every day, and the justices and injustices that exist within a very flawed system. Although the job is emotionally draining, Kristy is happy to have a job that su Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Book Group for an advanced electronic ARC of this novel, in exchange for an honest review. “The Walls” is a suspense-fueled, gripping read, by the author of the bestselling novel, “Baby Doll”. Kristy Tucker works at a prison, in public relations, almost exclusively with death row inmates. She sees death every day, and the justices and injustices that exist within a very flawed system. Although the job is emotionally draining, Kristy is happy to have a job that supports her teenaged son and ailing father. One afternoon she meets Lance, and she finally starts to believe that she has everything she ever wanted- he treats her father and son like family, and is a beloved member of the community. However, after the two marry, Kristy begins to serve a prison sentence of her own as Lance becomes controlling and abusive, quick to anger and with a background in martial arts- Kristy thinks she will be forced to live with Lance’s violence in secret for the rest of her life. Until Kristy is introduced to wrongfully-accused inmate Clifton Harris and he puts an idea in her head- could she possibly kill her husband and get away with it?This novel started off a bit disjointed for me- first, we are introduced to Kristy and her career and her relationship with Clifton Harris. Then, before that gets fully developed, we meet Kristy’s son Ryan and the relationship between Ryan and Lance which quickly becomes the relationship between Lance and Kristy. There is a lot of information jam-packed into the first few pages and I had a little bit of trouble trying to determine where the plot line was going. However, once Kristy and Lance marry and the abuse begins- all of the previous plot points begin to make sense and they congeal together. Kristy, Ryan and Pops are great characters- lovable, flawed, charming and human (moreso since a lot of Pops’ character is based on the author’s recently deceased mother). Lance is an outright jerk, making it easy to root for Kristy throughout, and hope for her success. This novel is very much a revenge novel, addictive and completely entertaining. It was difficult to put this novel down once I got started, and although the subject matter is intense and terrifying, it was very easy to continue reading this novel from beginning to end. (Speaking of endings….. Hell. Yes. ) I found it uncomfortable to root for an illegal, criminal ending for Lance but also would have found it unsatisfying if it ended any other way (a conundrum, or quagmire, of epic proportions). Either way, I was completely satisfied with the way this novel wrapped up, although I would’ve liked to have seen Janice get what she deserved too! (Guess you can’t have everything). A completely addictive, suspense-fueled revenge novel that is difficult to put down, and even harder to forget.
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  • Zuky the BookBum
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @40%I am all too aware that my criticism of this book is going to be way more brutal than the average reader, but that's down the fact that I hated Baby Doll, Overton's debut novel, and so reading this one, I've automatically picked up on things I've disliked. But I'm glad I didn't continue to read this one.What I couldn't get past was how unbelievable the relationship with Kristy and Lance was, right from the start. He shows up at her door in the evening, after one conversation... which is DNF @40%I am all too aware that my criticism of this book is going to be way more brutal than the average reader, but that's down the fact that I hated Baby Doll, Overton's debut novel, and so reading this one, I've automatically picked up on things I've disliked. But I'm glad I didn't continue to read this one.What I couldn't get past was how unbelievable the relationship with Kristy and Lance was, right from the start. He shows up at her door in the evening, after one conversation... which is creepy. And then she lets him hang around the house after two conversations... that's weird. And then she lets him buy her things, like $1000 grills, after three conversations... I mean, what? That just wouldn't ever happen.The romance part of this novel was class-A cheese. I hate romance in novels as it is, it just bothers me, but when it's subtle and doesn't take up too much of the plot, it's OK. In this novel it's not subtle at all, it's cheesy and it's right there, in your face. Thankfully, it simmers down at 25%... but by that point I was bored of reading this already.This one was too slow for my liking. Nothing happened in the 40% of it that I read, and I admit it, I don't like Hollie Overton's writing style. For me, it feels like she's trying to hard to be cool and relate to us as readers. It's a nice gesture but it doesn't come across great.I think it's now official that I don't get on with Overton's work and this means I won't try any more of her books. It will waste too much of my precious reading time.P.S. This was meant to be a buddy reading with Annie @ The Misstery but she got through it in under 24 hours and I couldn't keep up because I was so bored. She also spoiled it for me (on my request) so I know what happens!Thanks to Netgalley and Hachette Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review. Sorry I didn't like it!
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    'The Walls' is the new novel by best selling author Hollie Overt who previously wrote the novel 'Baby Doll'.This is the sort of book that gets the reader thinking with its range of topics such as the death sentence, domestic abuse and single parents. Single parent Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections and deals with everything on death row from inmate interviews, to recording the last moments during an execution. Her job certainly exposes Kristy to the wors 'The Walls' is the new novel by best selling author Hollie Overt who previously wrote the novel 'Baby Doll'.This is the sort of book that gets the reader thinking with its range of topics such as the death sentence, domestic abuse and single parents. Single parent Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections and deals with everything on death row from inmate interviews, to recording the last moments during an execution. Her job certainly exposes Kristy to the worst of man kind. Her luck appears to change for the better when she meets Lance Dobson who is her son's martial arts instructor and for a while everything appears to be perfect.When the relationship takes a turn for the worse she discovers that Lance is far from the white knight she dreamed and she is forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse. Kirsty feels she is trapped and has no alternative but to murder Lance in order to protect the people she loves.I would like to thank Random House UK and Net Galley for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5-4 stars, rounding upI very much enjoyed Baby Doll by Hollie Overtonso I was very excited to see that she had a new book coming out. My review of Baby Doll can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... While I liked Baby Doll better than The Walls, I did enjoy this book and found myself racing to the finish. I had a hard time in the beginning adjusting to the writing style, as it is written in 3rd person and I I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5-4 stars, rounding upI very much enjoyed Baby Doll by Hollie Overtonso I was very excited to see that she had a new book coming out. My review of Baby Doll can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... While I liked Baby Doll better than The Walls, I did enjoy this book and found myself racing to the finish. I had a hard time in the beginning adjusting to the writing style, as it is written in 3rd person and I don’t typically like 3rd person narratives. However, I got past that, I got very invested into Kristy’s story and the speed and tempo of the book really picked up.For my personal taste, I thought there was too much of the story dedicated to the prison processes and procedures and Kristy’s job. I found myself skim reading over much of that because I wanted to get “to the good stuff”. Additionally, I thought the first 30(ish)% was very disjointed and I had to refer back to the blurb several times to remind myself what this book was about and where the story was going. There is a lot of information jammed in up front before you get to the part where Kristy starts to consider “the perfect crime”. With all of that, this book still earned a rounded up rating from me because once the pace picked up, I could not put this book down. And while there weren’t any major twists or “holy cow” moments, the suspense just built and built and provided a very satisfying ending. Which is surprising because after I checked the blurb about 10x, I realized that the blurb gives way too much away. The fact that about 50% of what you need to know is the blurb of the book just proves how good a writer that Overton really is because it did not stop me from staying up past my bedtime to make sure that I finished it.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intense family dramas, borderline psychological thriller.
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe.comThere are plenty of psychological thrillers on the market that deal with domestic abuse and I’ve read a large majority of them, so I’m always looking for something that makes a story “unique”, a book that stands out from the crowd. The Walls connection to death row makes this book original and I really had high hopes for the latest book by Hollie Overton as it’s a book that explores domestic violence, the morality of murder and how far o All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe.comThere are plenty of psychological thrillers on the market that deal with domestic abuse and I’ve read a large majority of them, so I’m always looking for something that makes a story “unique”, a book that stands out from the crowd. The Walls connection to death row makes this book original and I really had high hopes for the latest book by Hollie Overton as it’s a book that explores domestic violence, the morality of murder and how far one woman will go to protect her family.Personally I found The Walls a slow burner, in the authors defence she spends the time developing her characters and their background. We learn how Kristy is a single mum working as a Public Information Officer for the Texas Dept of Corrections, dealing with death row inmates, housed in The Walls. Her life pretty much revolves around her job, her teen age son and her elderly father. So when the charming Lance enters her life, Kirsten thinks she’s found her “happy ever after” but things take a sinster and dangerous turn and Kirsty soon realises she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. Kirsty thought the biggest monsters were the ones behind “The Walls” but she soon learns that’s not necessarily true.It was interesting to see how Kristy’s opinions of the Death Row inmates changed as Lance’s violence and mind games escalated. I should point out at this point although this book deals with a difficult subject the author never goes over board, but just gives enough detail to show how abuse both mental and physical escalates. The letters that Kristy receives from an inmate highlight the injustices that exist within the walks, but it’s these letters that give her the strength and determination to do everything she can to protect herself and her family.Although I enjoyed The Walls and it made for a quick read I did feel this book lacked the “thrilling” element, I really thought the author was going to throw in an almighty twist but unfortunately it never came to light. Although the story gathers momentum and suspense at the half way mark I was expecting something more. I’m sure there will be many readers who will rave about this book and I can see why, but I think because I read so many books in this genre I expected more thrills and chills, I want to finish a book thinking “WOW” unfortunately this wasn’t the case. I think I sometimes expect to much from a book and it’s author, and I definitely think The Walls is one of those books where I’m going to be in the minority.
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  • Todd Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing. It’s a great sign when all you want to do is read a book and do absolutely nothing else, and ‘The Walls’ is definitely one of those books. I really enjoyed Hollie Overton’s first book ‘Baby Doll’, and this is certainly another outstanding novel. The plot is tense and unpredictable, along with a great group of characters. The Author has that special ability in being able to connect with your emotions when you’re reading the story. I think I went through the full range of emotions, especi Amazing. It’s a great sign when all you want to do is read a book and do absolutely nothing else, and ‘The Walls’ is definitely one of those books. I really enjoyed Hollie Overton’s first book ‘Baby Doll’, and this is certainly another outstanding novel. The plot is tense and unpredictable, along with a great group of characters. The Author has that special ability in being able to connect with your emotions when you’re reading the story. I think I went through the full range of emotions, especially anger and sadness. Simply Brilliant.Kristy Tucker has a tough job at the prison as a Public Information Officer. Dealing with inmates on death row on a day to day basis isn’t an easy thing to do. She thought she was a tough woman because of that, and also bringing up her son Ryan without a dad for the past 17 years. Kristy finally thought she had met the right man that she could see herself possibly settling down with. Lance Dobson initially was Ryan’s Judo coach, and he really did seem like the perfect man. It also helped that Ryan and her dad seemed to really like him as well. When cracks did start to appear in their relationship, the only person she could confine in was Clifton Harris, a convicted child killer on death row. Kristy has no idea what to do, after all she does love her husband. I did have to stop myself from turning straight to the end of the book to find out what happens, but I’m glad I held out. A fabulous book with a great ending. Easily worth the 5/5 Star rating.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    2.5* --> 3I found the premise of The Walls incredibly intriguing, thinking this would make one heck of a domestic thriller. There are so many of them around lately, it takes something special to stand out from the crowd and the blurb promised that uniqueness. Yet there was a very slow and long build-up that had me anxiously waiting for something, anything (!), to actually happen.By far the most interesting bits for me were the circumstances of Clifton Harris, a man on death row who was convic 2.5* --> 3I found the premise of The Walls incredibly intriguing, thinking this would make one heck of a domestic thriller. There are so many of them around lately, it takes something special to stand out from the crowd and the blurb promised that uniqueness. Yet there was a very slow and long build-up that had me anxiously waiting for something, anything (!), to actually happen.By far the most interesting bits for me were the circumstances of Clifton Harris, a man on death row who was convicted of murdering his children. I was very close to not finishing this book but his story is what kept me reading as I was desperate to know what would happen to him.Overall, I feel that while this one had immense potential, it fell a little flat and didn't really deliver. For me, it desperately needed a whole other level of tension to be thrilling and to keep me gripped and that was sorely lacking.
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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *Review to come.
  • Janel
    January 1, 1970
    Like any die-hard crime fiction fan, the blurb had me at “working on death row”, I didn’t even read the rest of the blurb before starting this book – I went into this book blind. I loved the start of this novel, as I hadn’t read the whole blurb, this book shocked me immediately as out of the blue, the plot changed pace and it changed everything I thought I knew about what would happen in the novel. Now having read the blurb, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise so I accept that many may not beco Like any die-hard crime fiction fan, the blurb had me at “working on death row”, I didn’t even read the rest of the blurb before starting this book – I went into this book blind. I loved the start of this novel, as I hadn’t read the whole blurb, this book shocked me immediately as out of the blue, the plot changed pace and it changed everything I thought I knew about what would happen in the novel. Now having read the blurb, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise so I accept that many may not become as instantly gripped to this plot as I did.Because I enjoyed reading this novel without first reading the synopsis, I won’t talk in too much detail about the plot. The Walls has a good mix of likeable and unlikeable characters – and not all the unlikeable characters are behind bars, and I’m not just talking about Lance! I really liked Kristy [even though I was calling her Kirsty for like two thirds of the novel *sorry*], and I was desperate to know if she would kill to protect her family.As likeable as Kristy was, easily my favourite character was Clifton – a child killer on death row, convicted of murdering his own children – I can read, I know how that sounds but judge me not, I think [and really hope for my own judge of character’s sake] that he’s innocent! When you read about his interactions with Kristy and the letters he writes to her, that are interspersed throughout the novel, I hope you’ll see why he was my favourite character and why I desperately need to believe in his innocence.One of the things I like about this novel, is Overton writes stories that keep going where most would end. Babydoll began were most abduction thrillers would end and it was brilliant; while, The Walls didn’t start at the end so to speak, it does allow you to see the fallout from the choices that are made.Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I have no reservations recommending it.*My thanks to the publisher (Hachette Book Group/Redhook) for granting me access to a digital copy of this book via Netgalley*
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  • Ms. Just One More Book (Kris Miller)
    January 1, 1970
    A tensely wound and gripping read.Is there such a thing as justified homicide? That is a question one woman must answer as she fights not only for her own life, but that of her family. Working on death row, Kristy Tucker thought she had already seen the worst humanity has to offer. Her job as a public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice makes her a mediator between the inmates, the press and the prison system itself. Once a week she makes her rounds speaking to seria A tensely wound and gripping read.Is there such a thing as justified homicide? That is a question one woman must answer as she fights not only for her own life, but that of her family. Working on death row, Kristy Tucker thought she had already seen the worst humanity has to offer. Her job as a public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice makes her a mediator between the inmates, the press and the prison system itself. Once a week she makes her rounds speaking to serial rapists and murderers, but nothing quite prepares her for the evil that lies ahead. Lance Dobson -- her son's martial arts instructor -- is everything she ever dreamed of. But soon after the fairy tale wedding her dreams turn to nightmares as he becomes emotionally and physically abusive. Kristy finds herself serving out her own life sentence trapped within the prison that is her home. When she befriends a death row inmate he puts an idea into her head. Could she really get away with murder? Relatable characters draw you into this mildly disturbing psychological thriller. Lance Dobson is a well drawn villain, and Kristy Tucker makes for a strong heroine that you can't help but root for despite the means she's considering. Side characters are given intense roles, making for a complete, well rounded cast. THE WALLS is a tensely wound, gripping read that will have you up long into the night to read just one more chapter.
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  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 StarsI do this all the time; I find a new book, read the synopsis, grab the book, and finally read it months later, having completely forgotten the synopsis. The Walls was one such book, however, this created a great reading experience for me. I went into it not knowing what to expect and I immersed myself in the story.The Walls started off a bit slow for me. I didn’t know where Kristy and Lance’s relationship was going to go, how it would evolve or devolve, as the case may be. I was gettin *4.5 StarsI do this all the time; I find a new book, read the synopsis, grab the book, and finally read it months later, having completely forgotten the synopsis. The Walls was one such book, however, this created a great reading experience for me. I went into it not knowing what to expect and I immersed myself in the story.The Walls started off a bit slow for me. I didn’t know where Kristy and Lance’s relationship was going to go, how it would evolve or devolve, as the case may be. I was getting to the point where I was wondering when it was going to pick up the pace, when suddenly, it did. From there on, things got a whole lot more interesting. The build-up to that point was drawn out some, but the story needed it.Kristy is an interesting character with an even more intriguing profession. Life has handed her boxes of lemons after boxes of lemons; she has done her best to make lemonade. Hollie Overton created a character that people could connect with. I like to root for the underdog and I wanted Kristy to find her happy place.Our villain, Lance, was exceptionally well-crafted – a true Jekyll and Hyde. Lance has some deep, dark secrets. I loved to hate him and his methods; Lance has one of those faces you just want to smack.The Walls covers many sensitive themes, such as the death penalty, spousal abuse, and questions at what point it is justifiable to take another person’s life. I can’t say that I agree with all of Kristy’s decisions and actions, but I understood her reasons.In the end, The Walls was a good story that kept me immersed in Kristy’s life. Hollie Overton created characters that I cared about, I felt involved in their lives.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.I had previously read Hollie Overton’s previous novel Baby Doll. So, I was looking forward to this.Single Mom Kirsty Tucker is a Public Information officer in the prison system. She deals with death row inmates on a daily basis. Her son Ryan doesn’t understand why she does the job that she does, but it pays the bills. One day she finds out that her son Ryan has had a fight, with one of his fellow students. She doesn’t understand as Ry Thank you netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.I had previously read Hollie Overton’s previous novel Baby Doll. So, I was looking forward to this.Single Mom Kirsty Tucker is a Public Information officer in the prison system. She deals with death row inmates on a daily basis. Her son Ryan doesn’t understand why she does the job that she does, but it pays the bills. One day she finds out that her son Ryan has had a fight, with one of his fellow students. She doesn’t understand as Ryan is a good boy. She finds out that he has been taking martial arts classes, after forging the parental permission slip. She meets Lance the instructor. He then starts arriving at the family home unannounced. He gets to know the whole family, treats Ryan like a son and they all love him for it. Kirsty then decides to have a relationship with him even though he is not really her type and after a short romance they get married.After Kirsty and Lance get married, things change, Lance personality changes and he loses his temper with Kirsty and starts abusing her and even rapes her. But she still plays the dutiful wife as Lance has threaten her if she doesn’t he will get to Ryan. So she plays along.At the same time Kirsty whilst at work, befriends a child killer Clifton Harris. She thinks that he is innocent. Only Clifton knows what Kirsty is going through. After hearing about Lances past and she can’t take anymore of Lance’s abuse Kirsty plans and murders Lance.This is another excellent novel which I give 4 stars for. I thought it was cleverly written. Nail biting story. The author did an excellent job of describing the life of death row inmates in jail and also of what happens in an abusive relationship. And how far a mother will go to protect her family.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The Walls by hollie overton. This was a fantastic read with brilliant characters. Kirsty Tucker is a single mum. She works for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it's one that beginning to take its toll. A moving and chilling read. How one woman will do anything to protect her family. Wow. What a read. Definitely worth more than 5*. Tb The Walls by hollie overton. This was a fantastic read with brilliant characters. Kirsty Tucker is a single mum. She works for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it's one that beginning to take its toll. A moving and chilling read. How one woman will do anything to protect her family. Wow. What a read. Definitely worth more than 5*. Tbc on fb Netgalley and random house UK cornerstone.
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  • Theresa (TBC)
    January 1, 1970
    Again Hollie has written a book to cover all things a thriller needs.Death Row, Marital Abuse, tension.This book takes a roller coaster through them all.The more she's writing the deeper she's getting.Great Read.
  • Diane Hogg
    January 1, 1970
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  • Patty Nobles
    January 1, 1970
    “The Walls” is Hollie Overton’s second novel and it is a fantastic page turner that you never want to put down. Some days Kristy Tucker does not enjoy her job as the Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because she is the face that many people associate with the execution of condemned criminals. Her son Ryan, that she has raised with the help of her father does not understand how hard it has been for her to do her job and keep her child happy. Kathy feels as if “The Walls” is Hollie Overton’s second novel and it is a fantastic page turner that you never want to put down. Some days Kristy Tucker does not enjoy her job as the Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because she is the face that many people associate with the execution of condemned criminals. Her son Ryan, that she has raised with the help of her father does not understand how hard it has been for her to do her job and keep her child happy. Kathy feels as if she is just merely existing in life until the day she is summoned to Ryan’s school because he defended himself from the school bully and she learns that Ryan has been secretly taking Judo lessons. Kristy confronts Ryan’s Judo instructor. Lance Dobson, who apologizes for the trouble and begins to take a deeper interest in Ryan and Kathy. Soon Kathy finds herself falling in love with Lance and they marry, but happiness for Kathy is not meant to be as Lance quickly changes and begins to make Kathy regret her choices. With the friendship of a man awaiting execution, Kathy regains her confidence and finds a way to restore peace into her life. I was given an advanced copy of this book, and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...This is the second book that I have read by this author and I have to say that I loved it.  It has a really tough central subject and the execution of the story is told very well, I read it in a day and just needed to see what was around the corner, the twists and how the plot played out.  The pace was great and the characters really grew on me and took me through so many emotions.  I really wanted to see that Kristy got the ending that she deserved and I https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...This is the second book that I have read by this author and I have to say that I loved it.  It has a really tough central subject and the execution of the story is told very well, I read it in a day and just needed to see what was around the corner, the twists and how the plot played out.  The pace was great and the characters really grew on me and took me through so many emotions.  I really wanted to see that Kristy got the ending that she deserved and I wasn’t disappointed.  5 stars from me and looking forward to the next book from Hollie.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    The Walls is a fast-paced book that pulled me into the story and kept me riveted to the pages until the end.Kristy Tucker’s job is to work as a public information officer in the prison system. She works closely with the media and death row inmates. She knows the harsh extent of the crimes that people commit and the dangerous people who have committed them. There is never a good day at her job, but it pays the bills and helps her to raise her son and care for her ill father. Being an only child a The Walls is a fast-paced book that pulled me into the story and kept me riveted to the pages until the end.Kristy Tucker’s job is to work as a public information officer in the prison system. She works closely with the media and death row inmates. She knows the harsh extent of the crimes that people commit and the dangerous people who have committed them. There is never a good day at her job, but it pays the bills and helps her to raise her son and care for her ill father. Being an only child and a single mother, her adult life has been devoted to her family, often putting her own desires on the back-burner. Her personal life takes a turn when she meets the handsome judo instructor who has taken a shining to her son.With any good book, it is essential to feel something for the characters –whether you love them or hate them, a good book will make you feel. I liked Kristy. It was impossible not to. She was a hard-working mother and daughter who put her loved ones first. I wanted her to find her own slice of happiness. She had a great relationship with her father and son, but I wanted someone to be there and care of Kristy. Oh, don’t get me wrong, she didn’t need anyone to take care of her. She was quite adept at being in charge of her own life, however, she deserved to have someone loving to share her life with. Unfortunately, Lance Dobson wasn’t that man. He wasn’t the man that everyone thought he was. Underneath the charming, charismatic good looks was a cold, calculating, violent man who shook Kristy’s life to the core.Whenever I read a book, I always try to put myself in the protagonist’s shoes. How would I react in a similar situation? I am always drawn to a book that makes me question the character’s behavior and, in turn, my own beliefs. We all know that committing murder is wrong, but would we do it to protect our own loved ones? I would like to believe that I would be above taking the law in my own hands, and that I would be able to put my faith in the justice system, but being a mother, I also know that my own son will always take priority over everything. The Walls was not only an interesting and entertaining read, but it made me question what is right, what is wrong, and if I could justify something like murder.Hollie Overton has written an intriguing book with a main character that readers will root for. The Walls was exciting, relevant, and pulse pounding. I was eagerly flipping the pages to find out what was going to become of Kristy Tucker. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Redhook for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.Kristy is a public relations officer for the prison and she is doing the best she can do until one day her son gets in trouble at school and she finds that he has been taking martial arts classes behind her back. When she confronts his teacher Lance, it ends up in a friendship that changes her life.Soon he becomes a huge part of her life, and when she kisses him and then backtracks he disappears and when they f Thanks to Netgalley and Redhook for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.Kristy is a public relations officer for the prison and she is doing the best she can do until one day her son gets in trouble at school and she finds that he has been taking martial arts classes behind her back. When she confronts his teacher Lance, it ends up in a friendship that changes her life.Soon he becomes a huge part of her life, and when she kisses him and then backtracks he disappears and when they finally have a talk she decides that she can't live without him. Meanwhile, Kristy finds herself developing a friendship with an inmate on death row. As she gets to know him she is convinced that he didn't kill his kids.Kristy and Lance get married and then everything changes, first, it is just a pinch or a bit of a temper and soon he is hitting her. But what can she do everyone is convinced that he is a wonderful man, but she soon finds that he isn't everything he claimed to be. Kristy is soon faced with impossible choices as the walls close in around her, can she do what she needs to do?I am still not quite sure how I feel about this book, because it causes me moral dilemna's, on the one hand, I totally get where the author is coming from and it is interesting... On the other hand, it glorifies and justifies something I just can't get on board. Plus the I loved the death row aspect and I thought it was going to have more to do with the story instead it was kind of a filler even though it did touch on the execution of an innocent man, but it really didn't do anything to shine the light or really address that issue. I liked Kristy, and I just don't know that only person who notices that she changes is an inmate at the prison. I mean I get that the guy is charismatic and wonderful, but other people know he isn't soo I guess in some aspect it felt like a sudden change and a stretch for me. That's is about as much as I am going to spoil this, I did read it all in one sitting and I really enjoyed it even if I haven't worked out how I feel about it now.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    The Walls tells the story of Kristy, a single mother working with the department of corrections. She is a Public Relations Officer handling all things PR as far as death row.At first, I didn’t know what to expect with this book. I couldn’t guess where the story was heading to. At some point, I had to stop and read the blurb which I had read weeks before when requesting the ARCs and so couldn’t remember it. Once I read the blurb, I sort felt like I already knew everything about the story. I don’t The Walls tells the story of Kristy, a single mother working with the department of corrections. She is a Public Relations Officer handling all things PR as far as death row.At first, I didn’t know what to expect with this book. I couldn’t guess where the story was heading to. At some point, I had to stop and read the blurb which I had read weeks before when requesting the ARCs and so couldn’t remember it. Once I read the blurb, I sort felt like I already knew everything about the story. I don’t know whether to blame the blurb or the writing but there were no twists or reveals. I have edited the blurb to reduce the details but I think you can still guess what the story is about.The other issue that I had with the book is to do with dramatic shifts mid plot-line. Understandably, the book covers a time period of three (very dramatic) years so a lot goes on. However, there was a shift between two chapters that sort of threw me off. It made the book feel disjointed. The author did try to minimize the effects of the shift by providing background details of events that took place before but it took some time to adjust to the changes. It felt like everything including the characters had changed.Nevertheless, this was a gripping read. There is a second story-line about an execution. This was my favorite part of the book. This story-line introduced a character named Clifton who I really liked. This is where the tension was. You see, Clifton was about to be executed. Clifton was a likeable, likely innocent man. Getting to know this character and knowing the fate that lay before him made me very tense. I kept wondering if a miracle would happen to save him. I wondered if he was innocent or was he playing all of us? This kept me turning pages searching for answers. Unfortunately, I felt like the story-line wasn’t well developed perhaps because it wasn’t the main story. This was an enjoyable read for me but something was still missing.
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  • Val Robson
    January 1, 1970
    Single mum, Kristy Tucker, works as a Public Information Office in the Texas prison system. One of her jobs is witnessing executions of prisons on Death Row. Her teenage son, Ryan, hates her doing this job and make his feelings clear. Her father, a retired Prison Officer, lives with them.All is going fine until Ryan attacks a fellow pupil and his mother learns that he's been having secret martial arts lessons with a local trainer, Lance Dobson. Kristy goes to meet Lance to give him a piece of he Single mum, Kristy Tucker, works as a Public Information Office in the Texas prison system. One of her jobs is witnessing executions of prisons on Death Row. Her teenage son, Ryan, hates her doing this job and make his feelings clear. Her father, a retired Prison Officer, lives with them.All is going fine until Ryan attacks a fellow pupil and his mother learns that he's been having secret martial arts lessons with a local trainer, Lance Dobson. Kristy goes to meet Lance to give him a piece of her mind but soon they forge a friendship, then a romance and then it all gets very creepy.I struggled to keep going in this book as didn't like the domestic violence and I needed to suspend belief at so many points. I cannot believe Kristy didn’t tell her friends, her family, the police or anyone else about the things Lance did to her. Kristy gets to know a man on Death Row called Clifton who claims he was innocent of the arson attack which killed his two young children. He communicates a lot with Kristy via letter and also in person every few weeks. I thought this side of the story was going to amount to a lot more than it did. It just fizzled out and was quite disappointing. I was fully expecting a twist or two in this story which was going to tie in with the Kristy and Lance story. I got to the end wanting to rewrite the last third of this book to be more interesting.With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Kristy Tucker, who works as a press officer for the Texas Department of Corrections dubbed 'The Walls' handling all the interviews for prisoners on Death Row and issuing press releases when they are finally executed.When her teenage son Ryan brings Lance Dobson, his martial arts teacher, into their lives Kristy is immediately drawn towards this kind hearted, generous man who appears to dote on Ryan, but all this changes after they are married. Kristy becomes the subject of h This is the story of Kristy Tucker, who works as a press officer for the Texas Department of Corrections dubbed 'The Walls' handling all the interviews for prisoners on Death Row and issuing press releases when they are finally executed.When her teenage son Ryan brings Lance Dobson, his martial arts teacher, into their lives Kristy is immediately drawn towards this kind hearted, generous man who appears to dote on Ryan, but all this changes after they are married. Kristy becomes the subject of horrific physical and mental abuse at the hands of Dobson and, after talking to Clifton Harris, a Death Row inmate who she has befriended, she realises there is only one way to stop this man and that's to get rid of him....permanently, but is she capable of murder and how far is she really prepared to go to protect her family?This is the second book I've read by Hollie Overton, and after reading and enjoying Baby Doll I was looking forward to it. This one started off slowly and I wondered if I was going to enjoy it as much as the first, but the author has a way of drawing you in and captivating you and I had to find out what Kristy would do and how it would all end and I wasn't disappointed. I would like to thank Random House UK Cornerstones me for approving me to read this book and will post my review on Goodreads and Amazon.
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  • Deb R
    January 1, 1970
    Another "Wow" book from Hollie Overton!After reading Baby Doll, I was definitely interested in reading another book by this author. I loved Baby Doll and was really excited when I received an advance copy of The Walls. I couldn't wait to start reading!Kristy Tucker works on death row to support her family. It isn't her dream job, but it provides needed income. When she meets Lance, she can't believe her luck in finding such a wonderful man. Unfortunately, he is only wonderful until they are marr Another "Wow" book from Hollie Overton!After reading Baby Doll, I was definitely interested in reading another book by this author. I loved Baby Doll and was really excited when I received an advance copy of The Walls. I couldn't wait to start reading!Kristy Tucker works on death row to support her family. It isn't her dream job, but it provides needed income. When she meets Lance, she can't believe her luck in finding such a wonderful man. Unfortunately, he is only wonderful until they are married. His inability to control his temper results in frequent and violent abuse of his new wife. Kristy endures it and does her best not to antagonize him because she believes she has no other options. But when Lance threatens her son and her chronically ill father, she has to make a choice. How far is she willing to go to protect them?The book was just a little slow getting started (unlike Baby Doll which took off immediately) so I was afraid The Walls wasn't going to compare favorably to Overton's first novel. Was I ever wrong! After getting through the beginning chapters that set the stage for the story, the book gained momentum fast and never slowed from that point. I couldn't wait to finish it, but I didn't want it to end.This is a second amazing book from Hollie Overton. I have to say that she has jumped to the top of my favorite author's list. I can't wait for another book from her. Hurry up, Ms. Overton, and write another novel!
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  • dluvsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this but found it keeping me at arms length. It was more of a tell not show type of story. There was a lot of things that happened in it that I couldn't quite wrap my brain around and found myself over analyzing and not letting go and just enjoying the story being told.
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! I really liked Kristy, a single mom raising a teenage son, caring for her ailing father, and working as a press agent for prisoners on Death Row. Kristy meets Lance Dobson who is a martial arts instructor teaching her son and they become very close. Kristy starts off feeling as though she may have met her knight in shining armor but after they get married he begins I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! I really liked Kristy, a single mom raising a teenage son, caring for her ailing father, and working as a press agent for prisoners on Death Row. Kristy meets Lance Dobson who is a martial arts instructor teaching her son and they become very close. Kristy starts off feeling as though she may have met her knight in shining armor but after they get married he begins to abuse her and threatens her family. Kristy must stop this monster. This was a very engaging and suspenseful read. Highly recommend!
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