Behind bars, the rules are different…
Prison Officer Jim Dalton is used to walking the landings on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fueled by testosterone-driven violence, but he’s done the job for a long time. He understands the unwritten rules, and he has the prisoners’ respect.
When a relative is sent to the jail, Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison. His next shift is so easy, he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years.
But when he is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple. As every day passes, and he gets to know the women better, he is slowly drawn in to new temptations, new traps and a new nightmare. One which could destroy everything.
Taking a break from his bestselling DI Barton series, Ross Greenwood returns with this shocking, page-turning and utterly compelling glimpse behind the bars of a women’s prison. From a man who walked the landings himself…
One thing I loved about reading Prisoner is the author’s note at the end. I’m always pleased when I see a book that pulls from real-life experiences. I want to keep my review vague because I don’t want to spoil things as I’ve seen other reviewers do.
Jim has worked hard to get where he is. He has the respect of his peers and prisoners alike. It’s taxing working in a prison, and it can be hard to separate yourself when your shift ends. Working on the male wing is taking a toll on his family life. Could life on the female side of the prison work in his favor?
He’s finally making friends outside of the prison, and he can finally see where his wife is coming from. But it took a mistake to get there. I don’t feel that this is a thriller as much as a well-told, captivating read. The story is engaging, and you get a feel of what life is like inside this prison. It stood out to me how they treat the prisoners; it feels more human than what we see in the states. Overall, an enjoyable read.
About the Author:
Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough and his first title for Boldwood – the beginning of a series – The Snow Killer was published in November 2019.
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