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 for murder 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?
I would like to thank publishers Bloodhound books, GB Williams and Sarah Hardy for the ARC of this novel in return for an honest review.
Yet again Bloodhound books have delivered another fantastic thriller, this time from GB Williams, whose has set her action packed tale of murder and corruption inside a fictional British Prison.
I am always a little wary of reading books set behind the walls of a prison, having worked within this environment for 15 years, I find the factual inaccuracies distract me from the enjoyment of the story being told. But the writer has delivered a tale that captures the underlying threat of violence and intimidation that stalks the landings of so many prisons. It gives this novel an edgy grittiness that turns it into a real page turner. It was almost impossible to put down, though work got in the way and I was forced to. Yet the minute I left work, I returned to the story, eager to know if the violence and tension on the prison landing had broken out into a riot of violence.
Given that so many modern thrillers always seem to feature Police Officers and their sidekicks, it’s great to find a story with an original angle. Recently I read a thriller whose hero was an environmental health officer and it gave the story a refreshing angle. Having the heroes in Locked Up as a serving prisoner and prison officer means it’s both original and highly readable. These are two characters that should be on opposite sides of an unusual relationship, one that is fraught with so many possible complications that it leads to a thrilling story with multiple twists and turns.
Your going to want to know if Charlie and Ariande survive the conspiracy which plagues this prison. It will tie you up in knots trying to figure out who are the real criminals and who are those meant to enforce the will of the courts. No one is quite who they seem and that is what keeps you reading, because first appearances are deceptive.
Highly enjoyable and exciting to read, I would recommend this to any thriller lover, looking for a book with a hero whose past puts him on the wrong side of the law!
You can purchase Locked Up from Amazon
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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