I am pleased to share my thoughts for this book as part of the blog tour.
Well this is a book that hit hard. I expected to find anything involving being imprisoned to be so, but I don’t think I was quite prepared for the story that followed.
This is a hard-hitting book and is not for the squeamish, especially towards the end. It charts various plots and underhand dealings within the prison system. For inmate and ex-cop Charlie, and also prison officer Teddington, things become dangerous, especially when you cannot trust anyone.
When an inmate is murdered and the official line is given that it was suicide, you know there is something amiss. This is the main plot of the story, but then there are so many other subplots and twists interwoven into this , adding a greater depth. There are some very heartbreaking and powerful scenes that have been twisted around a very deviously that keeps you guessing. Some things I worked out as I read, but on the whole, most of the plots were unexpected.
This book has some great characters, they have been well-developed and are definitely memorable, with varied traits in their characters. There are a few characters that I really did not like, by the end of the book some I changed my opinion on some. The pacing really is good for this story, it changes and fits precisely where needed.
I really would recommend this book to readers who like hard, gritty Crime & Thriller genres. There are sections towards the end of the book that are violent so please be aware. I did read this book in a day and found it quite addictive.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto the Book Tour and my copy of this book. My opinions here are my own, they are honest and unbiased.
Locked Up blurb
A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.
Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie but that is to be expected when you work in prison where every man claims to be innocent.
Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time formurder after having taken the law into his own hands.
When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from theinside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariande but she is a guard, he is an inmate and some lines should never be crossed…
Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?
And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?
After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since – not to mention – sell.
GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer on www.warpedfactor.com. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.
With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.
Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy. Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).
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