Single mom Kristy Tucker works as 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 believed she finally found her happy ending. She was wrong
I read Hollie’s first book (reviewed here), Baby Doll which I enjoyed. Needless to say, I was overjoyed to find out that the author had written a second book. The Walls tells the story of Kristy, a single mother working with the department of corrections. She is a Public Relations Officer handling all things PR as far as death row.
At first, I didn’t know what to expect with this book. I couldn’t guess where the story was heading to. At some point, I had to stop and read the blurb which I had read weeks before when requesting the ARCs and so couldn’t remember it. Once I read the blurb, I sort felt like I already knew everything about the story. I don’t know whether to blame the blurb or the writing but there were no twists or reveals. I have edited the blurb to reduce the details but I think you can still guess what the story is about.
The other issue that I had with the book is to do with dramatic shifts mid plot-line. Understandably, the book covers a time period of three (very dramatic) years so a lot goes on. However, there was a shift between two chapters that sort of threw me off. It made the book feel disjointed. The author did try to minimize the effects of the shift by providing background details of events that took place before but it took some time to adjust to the changes. It felt like everything including the characters had changed.
Nevertheless, this was a gripping read. There is a second story-line about an execution. This was my favorite part of the book. This story-line introduced a character named Clifton who I really liked. This is where the tension was. You see, Clifton was about to be executed. Clifton was a likeable, likely innocent man. Getting to know this character and knowing the fate that lay before him made me very tense. I kept wondering if a miracle would happen to save him. I wondered if he was innocent or was he playing all of us? This kept me turning pages searching for answers. Unfortunately, I felt like the story-line wasn’t well developed perhaps because it wasn’t the main story.
This was an enjoyable read for me but something was still missing. I wish there were more twists but in the end, it was a bit flat in that aspect. So I liked it but didn’t love it.