I am super excited to share my review with you today for Prisoner by Ross Greenwood. Which is out today.
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, fuelled 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…
OMG I actually don’t know where to start with this book! It sooooo good.
So I am a massive fan of the author’s DI Barton series.Since I heard that Ross was bringing a standalone prison book out I have been dying to get my hands on it. There I was thinking the Barton series was his best work to date…..my god this story has blown my mind!
I have to say I went into this without reading the blurb the cover and title had read me written all over it. I have a slight fascination about books, movies or TV shows that are based around prison life.
Ross uses his own experiences, working as a prisoner officer in this harrowing, captivating story.
Prisoner is told from Jim Dalton’s POV which alternates between now and then. We follow him on one hell of a roller coaster ride with his job and the effects it has on his personal life. Jim is a character that has a heart but is broken by his home life. You cannot help but like him. The more I read the more I felt sorry for him.
It starts off as a slow burner but once it got going I was totally mesmerised. Then the story takes a turn that I wasn’t expecting and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next.
This is a gripping and gritty read and totally different in comparison to the Barton series. There are some sensitive and emotional subject matters throughout the story when we learn about the prisoners past and how they ended up in prison. Which totally captivated me in a strange kind of way. Some readers might find it very disturbing. It is a very deep and emotional read and at times I forgot to breathe.
I love how Ross always adds humour into his writing which pulls you out of the spell you’re under. The Prisoner is a well crafted and extremely well written read. Which Gangland fans will enjoy. This book is an absolute winner and I cannot recommend it enough.
Massive thank you to Rachel Gilbey for the blog tour invite
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3atxS2x
About Ross Greenwood
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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