What a gritty, raw, and realistic read!
It’s obvious prison is no bed of roses for inmates, but Prisoner tells how prison staff can have just as many issues!
Guard Jim Dalton is a good man who tries to do the right things for the right reasons. However, with a job that’s mentally and physically exhausting, young children, and an unhappy wife, even good men are tempted.
But he’s not the only one—though I’m not sure how good some of the others are— as most of Jim’s coworkers have it just as bad, if not worse, but as none of them are really friends, I learned of their fates after the fact.
An excellent read on the dynamics of a marriage, coworkers, tenuous friendships, and being at odds with one’s own conscience.
But it’s day-to-day prison life and the consequences of one’s actions that make this a stellar read.
I wasn’t always happy with some of the characters—I’m looking at you, Billie—and had very little sympathy for others—whatever, Lavinia—but this was still a great read I do recommend!
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…