Thank you for joining me I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Locked Up by GB Williams. Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.
Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie but that is to be expected when you work in prison where every man claims to be innocent.
Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time for murder after having taken the law into his own hands.
When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from theinside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariande but she is a guard, he is an inmate and some lines should never be crossed...
Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?
And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?
As soon as I read the description I knew I had to read Locked Up the whole premise instantly attracted my attention. Mainly because I wondered how the story would work with two people who are now on opposing sides of the law trying to work together to solve a crime.
The way Charlie and Teddington team up is compulsive reading and their scenes together made for plenty of interesting moments. I also couldn't wait to find out how Charlie had ended up on the wrong side of the law and committed murder. Charlie shows the reader what day to day prison life is like for him and also the way there are power struggles within the prison population to be in charge. I almost felt like the claustrophobic atmosphere of the prison was leaping out at me even making me nervous. Teddington is a strong character which she certainly needs to be to work in a prison and straight away I was impressed with how she handled herself.
I don't really want to give anything away about the plot so I'm trying to be pretty vague but the pacing is really good where something was always happening to keep my interest. I found myself seemingly always on alert reading this book and this was down to the writing, GB Williams definitely kept me on my toes. It really doesn't take long to be pulled in especially by the characters of Charlie and Teddington as the spark off each other perfectly. Along with some tense moments making me wonder which characters I could trust. This story progresses so quickly with some intense scenes that before I knew it I had reached the ending.
With thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since - not to mention - sell.
GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer on www.warpedfactor.com. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.
With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.
Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy. Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).