Inside These Walls
Author: Rebecca Coleman
Published: January 2014
Length: 400 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Source: provided by Netgalley for Honest Review
Genre: Adult Fiction
There is only one day, and I live it over and over…For Clara Mattingly, routine is the key to enduring the endless weeks, months and years of a life sentence in a women’s prison. The convicted murderer never looks back at who she once was—a shy young art student whose life took a sudden tragic turn. And she allows herself no hope for a better future. Survival is a day-to-day game. But when a surprise visitor shows up one day, Clara finds that in an instant everything has changed. Now she must account for the life she has led—its beauty as well as its brutality—and face the truth behind the terrible secret she has kept to herself all these years.
Critically acclaimed author Rebecca Coleman brings you the haunting story of a woman’s deepest passions, darkest regrets and her unforgettable and emotional journey toward redemption
Prison Dramas have always been interesting to me, to be locked up without the chance to be released, To receive insight on what when so wrong in these peoples lives to have ended up in prison in the first place, so when I saw this book it immediately ended up on my TBR list.
Clara is currently serving a life sentence for a stupid mistake in her younger years, Through this story we meet Clara who has cut herself off from most inmates to keep her head down and do her time. You get the feeling that Clara is depressed she never has any visitors and she just spends her time looking after her cellmate who was blinded in a fight and working on translating text books and art into braille.
We don’t find out straight away what the mistake was that Clara made that landed her a life sentence but learn in dribs and drabs as Clara goes public for the first time on what happened that day her life turned to hell, This style is usually painful for me to read because I can’t stand waiting, I am not very patient, but the way Ms Coleman has the story line skipping between the story of what happened and the story line in the present was done well with lots of action between both story lines to keep you interested.
Clara’s story is of a naive young adult in love for the first time, who blindly followed what her boyfriend and his friends wanted her to do, you really feel sorry for her until you remember she murdered someone in cold blood.
This book was compelling and heartbreaking at times, I have given it a rating of three hearts because I found that although the story line was focused on the murders of a family which she was wrongly accused of, we do find out that she is responsible for at least one murder, which I found was treated like an add on that we shouldn’t pay too much attention to because we are supposed to feel sorry for Clara. Even though we do find out near the end of the book why she did it I still would have liked her to take some more responsibility for it.
Overall a good read for something different, Inside these walls gives a great insight to the life of female prisoners, I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of Orange is the new black.