The Walls by Hollie Overton
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki MurakamNorwegian Wood
Hayley's Review: 4 stars. This is the first book I've read by Overton, and will have to add Baby Doll to my never-ending #tbr pile. (Overton has a background that is so fascinating to me, too!) Seeing others' reviews of this book is exactly the reason I never read the inside cover of books! So many felt too much was given away in the blurb. (Don't read it if you plan on reading this one!) Often times I, too, feel as though so much juice from the plot is given away, so I go into the book based on the cover. (Don't judge me!) Without knowing what the story was about, I was immediately drawn to the main character, Kristy. She has a crazy interesting, albeit very stressful, job working as a Public Information Officer. She watches the individuals on death row die (!!!), and responds to press and media. She builds a relationship with a prisoner, and you begin to see what it's like on the inside, and, if you're me, question the justice system even more. There were certainly parts of this book where I found myself holding my breath, and feeling all of the emotions Kristy felt throughout this novel. I was anxious, scared, angry, sad - I felt everything. I think that's what made it into such a page-turner for me. Family, relationships, drama, violence, loss, this book has it all.
The short version: #nospoilers
Kristy Tucker is a single mom who works with the inmates on death row - she watches them die, and responds to the media outlets. She has a hard job, and does well for her son and her father. She also knows the ins and outs of prison. She is introduced to a man, Lance Dobson, (her son’s martial arts instructor), someone she is immediately attracted to, and who seems to be the perfect fit. (A good-looking, positive role model for her son? Okay!) Soon after they’re married, she is exposed to the other side of Lance, the one that puts her in her own, dark, terrifying prison. Kristy knows there is only one way out, but will she take the risk that threatens her entire family?