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The Madam

by Jaime Raven

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The Madam – A Gutsy Heroine

Lizzie Wells has just served three years and eleven months for the manslaughter of man she states that she is innocent, even if she did plead guilty in court. She has been banged up in Holloway prison gaining the infamous prison tan of grey, but at the same time finding love with Donna, better known as Scar.

In her final year inside the news that every prisoner dreads is the death of a loved one and even more so when it is her young son. She knows that for justice for herself and more importantly for the life her son Leo could have had, she needs to find the truth.

Upon release Lizzie Wells begins the search for the truth, with some naivety and with the help of Scar she starts crashing and thrashing around Southampton. She has a list of people she wants to speak to but is warned off doing so, and if a note is not going to do it maybe a beating will.

While Lizzie is a strong willed woman, she attacks everything head on, without much thought to the consequences and this can lead her up a few blind allies. But it is her gutsy attitude, that at the same time makes her vulnerable to the forces of others in her endeavours for the truth.

Considering that Lizzie Wells is taking on the Police and the criminal fraternity of Southampton, she seems to trust the police a little too much. As anyone will tell you, even if innocent, there is no such thing as a friendly copper or friendly word with a copper, it is a policy of all ex-cons to keep them from returning to the big house.

Jaime Raven has written an excellent story, clear crisp prose that brings out the vulnerability of Lizzie Well’s character while at the same time the determination to right the wrong done to her. As someone who has worked with ex-offenders I recognise the vulnerability at the same time the strength required to survive, innocent or guilty they are just ex-cons to the majority of the public.

An excellent story that draws you and keeps you hooked from beginning to the end, writing about a wronged woman, who is forced to serve time for someone else’s crime. At times the reader wants to scream at Lizzie as she can be annoying such as winding the police up, but that is what makes her a believable character. She has all the faults of a real person trapped in a situation not of her making.

An excellent read which I can recommend highly from an exciting writer, Jaime Raven. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Jun 13, 2016 |
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