Welcome!! This is the first stop on this Blog Tour for LOCKED UP; the lastest novel by GB Williams.
I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and Liz Mistry who gifted me an early copy of LOCKED UP. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
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 the inside. 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?
So, you want to know what I think?
Wowsers! That was an adrenaline rush and a half! LOCKED UP is a fast paced, sometimes unbelievable (in a good way!), exciting rush and I devoured every single page within 24 hours! Confession time. I loves me some prison dramas. Between BAD GIRLS and WENTWORTH – I am a little bit obsessed, so on hearing the blurb for LOCKED UP, I was really eager to give this a read.
Blackmarch Prison has every type of character you would want from this type of book. It has bent screws, dodgy inmates, power hungry screws, tempremental prisoners…and then some! Our two main characters; Charlie and Ariadne are put through their paces when they join forces to discover the truth behind a death within the inmate community.
We get an insight later on into the story as to how Charlie comes to be in prison, and in places I feel that some of his back story may have been a little rushed – but with the pace that the story reads, it’s justified. There are short paragraphs and chapters which jump around the action, so you do have to sit and take a moment to let it sink in.
When you’re ready to go again, your mind is almost bashed with the following events. LOCKED UP was never going to be a sensible, clean cut, prison thriller. It’s dirty, gritty, violent…and an absolute pleasure to read!
This is one of those gritty UK crime novels that I can see working on the big screen and I will be first in line with my ticket when it happens. I’ll settle for a mini series or a long running serial though! 🙂
About GB Williams;
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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