Book Review: The Madam by Jaime Raven

The Madam

The Madam by Jaime Raven
Publisher: Avon
Published: May 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0008171467 (ISBN13: 9780008171469)

Scars might fade but the memories don’t…
Three years and eleven months. That’s how long Lizzie Wells was banged up inside Holloway prison for, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.
Six months. That’s how long it took Lizzie to fall in love with a woman inside the prison. Scar, who might just have reason for her name.
Now Lizzie is finally free, the duo embark on a search to find those who framed Lizzie and sent her down for cold blooded murder.
It’s time they paid their price…

My Thoughts:

Firstly, let me thank the author for sending me a copy to read and review!! It had me gripped within the first couple of pages and couldn’t put it down until I knew the truth.

Lizzie and Scar are fantastic characters, I liked them both a lot – in fact I liked all the characters in the book which rarely happens for me.  They were developed well, although I think we could have had a little more backstory about Scar.  I’m not complaining though!!!!! And I liked even more when we found out why she was in prison to begin with! (I won’t give details but it’ll make a man cringe)

To begin with, Lizzie comes across as unstable, determined and just out right insane.  But by the end of the book, she’s proved she is determined but not unstable or insane.  She was a great character, one of the best I’ve come across this year.  I don’t think it was important if they were lovers or not, it’s not really defining point of the story for me.  It worked though, and made a strangely nice change from the normal female-male way of things.

I kind of predicted who the bad cop was about halfway through, but I didn’t care as it could have gone either way with it.  It was predictable in a lot of places but it didn’t change a thing for me.  I still enjoyed the book immensely, and as I said I couldn’t leave it alone!! I even found myself reading it through my lunch break at work instead of spending the time with the child (this being a big thing it being a sunday!!!!)

It was an excellent, well written story with enough twists, blood, violence, drama, and everything else you could ever want in a book like this!! A huge 5/5 from me!!


Book Review: Hellbound by David McCaffrey

This isn’t going to be a fancy review like I normally write. I’m just copying what I wrote for my Goodreads.. I’m suffering on 3 hours sleep and I’m due to be at work soon!! Not fun having to do a trip to A&E at midnight!!! Anyway, below is what I’ve written with a few extra bits!!

I wasn’t quite sure where this book would take me when I  started, it begins with an execution and ends with one to. Everything in between was gripping, an eye-opener and thought provoking for me. I can understand that capital punishment is a tough subject to write about but with the twist to this one was completely out of the blue. No, not out of the blue just not what I fully expected. It’s got a few twists and a few moments where I was scratching my head but nothing totally shocking. I had little inkling throughout and the majority of them panned out, so maybe a little predictable for me.

The writing style had me gripped, and the “interview” sections with the serial killer was a complete new take for me.  All of the psychological paragraphs and that I skimmed over as they didn’t really make the book for me. The author could have easily missed them out and still have a reasonably good book.

Overall, a complete new way to have a serial killer.  Stripped back to being a ‘normal’ person, with everything all muddled at the same time! A solid 3/5 from me.