By Hollie Overton
Wow! I’ve just finished Hollie Overton’s The Walls and it’s a complete cracker. It kept me totally enthralled the entire way through. Kristy’s grim work environment – as a prison public relations officer she spends long hours dealing with death row matters – contrasts with her happy home life. She’s a single mum who lives with her teenage son whom she adores and her sickly dad who’s always been there for her. Life looks set to become even better when she meets charming, gorgeous Lance. Now she has it all. Or does she? The suspense is relentless as this book hurtles towards the inevitable, and challenges its readers with tough questions about murder and the death sentence. This is not for the faint-hearted – the description of the lead-up to execution by lethal injection in Texas, where the death sentence still applies, was very tough. But despite the grimness, the book is full of wonderful humanity and is by no means depressing. In many ways it’s uplifting. And the ending – which I absolutely didn’t see coming – was just totally, totally satisfying.
What if murder is your only way out?
Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it’s one that’s beginning to take its toll.
So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believes she’s finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.
Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she’s willing to take matters into her own hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance – permanently.