Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘The Walls’ by Hollie Overton. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
What if murder is your only way out?
Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it’s one that’s beginning to take its toll.
So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believes she’s finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.
Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she’s willing to take matters into her own hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance – permanently.
About the Author.
Hollie Overton is the author of two psychological thrillers: ‘Baby Doll’ and ‘The Walls’. Her upcoming novel, ‘The Runaway’, is due to be released in April 2019. Overton is also a TV Writer and Producer, and she has written for shows on ABC Family, CBS and Lifetime. Overton’s father was a member of the notorious Texas Overton gang.
About the Book.
Release Date: July 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Average Goodreads rating: 4.05
Author’s other works: ‘Baby Doll’ (2016).
Themes explored: Domestic violence, physical violence, sexual violence, rape, murder.
Favourite character/narrator: Kristy!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- I really enjoyed the author’s choice of narrative method as I felt it gave a lot of variety. The novel is narrated from the third-person, following mainly Kristy but also her son and partner. This provides the reader with distanced observations, but also intimate, close moments with the characters.
- The characterisation of Kristy is absolutely fantastic. She’s kind-hearted and selfless, and adores her son and father. She falls for new boyfriend Lance and becomes the victim of domestic violence, and I felt a great deal of sympathy towards her. She must decide what to do, in order to protect her son from Lance.
- I really appreciated the author’s choice of profession for the protagonist. Kristy works with prisoners on death row, which is a really interesting career that I enjoyed learning about. The reader sees the type of people she must interact with, and how dangerous the job truly is. Kristy uses her knowledge of dealing with criminals in order to plan her own murder, which is a really unique plot point.
- The theme of domestic violence, including physical, emotional and sexual violence, including rape, is explored in great detail. You really get a sense of how Kristy feels as a victim of abuse. Some scenes are pretty uncomfortable to read, but Overton does an excellent job at approaching these issues with sensitivity.
- There are many Crime/Thriller elements incorporated in this novel, such as increasing suspense, mystery and tension surrounding what Lance/Kristy will do next, plenty of twists and turns, and a fantastic ending.
- The novel ends brilliantly. There’s a dramatic end scene in which Kristy is put in a very dangerous situation, and she is no longer in control of her own fate. I was literally on the edge of my seat whilst reading the ending, and it was only when I got to the last page that I felt I could breathe again. I loved the ending!
Happy reading 🙂