On my Life by Angela Clarke


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What they say: Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

The Review: Oh I never like doing this. Okay. So this was a book that did grip me and that I enjoyed, but I kept coming back to the blurb (see above) and it just didn’t match up for me. But … okay. So.

This is the story of Jenna who finds her stepdaughter dead and her partner missing and with all the evidence around pointing straight to her, Jenna is arrested. So far, so totally in. It is after the arrest that things turned for me, the story turned into a very detailed review of the prison system, in particular showing us how life in a woman’s prison is.

While I worried for Jenna, who definitely did not seem strong enough to cope with prison life, I was more interested in getting her out so that we could see what had happened to her poor, lovely stepdaughter. The story became more about Jenna’s life in prison and how the prison system deals with women and mothers in prison.

I liked the characters, some tough, some great as allies for Jenna, which I appreciated and gave it some nice light and shade moments. I  worried in places and yes, couldn’t put it down but to be honest it just wasn’t what was advertised and in that way disappointed me a little. There were times it had an oddly unrealistic manner, nearly dystopian and sometimes out of control feel and although I think many will really enjoy it, like I said it just didn’t always hit the mark for me. Thanks so much to Mulholland books and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.


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