Kat's Review of The Madam by Jaime Raven

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Synopsis: Three years and eleven months. That's how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.

Six months. That's how long it’s taken Lizzie to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar.

Now they are both finally free and, together, they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those who framed Lizzie. It’s time to make them pay…


Kat's Rating: 2/5


Kat's Review: The cover reminds me of Jacqui Rose style of books so I was looking forward to giving a new author a try, however for some reason there were parts of this book that I just couldn't get along with. That said, the writing flowed well and it was certainly an 'easy read'. Lizzie Wells has been banged up in Holloway and has served time for a crime she didn't commit. When she is released she is determined to find out who stitched her up and why. With the help of her ex-cellmate and now lover 'Scar' they start off the hunt and soon realise that it won't be plain sailing.

Although there is plenty of action as Lizzie and Scar start to track down the people who knew things and weren't talking it all fell a bit flat. I didn't actually care that much either way about Lizzie and to be honest I felt more inclined to like Scar and she is a secondary character. In addition to this there were a couple of scenes where there was no continuity to the story and certain key elements weren't followed up on. In all honesty at times I felt like the book was struggle because of my indifference which is never a good sign as a reader.

I think generally this genre is a hard one to crack as there are so many new authors and long standing bestsellers that's it difficult to make a mark, and sadly this one was lacking for me in too many ways. The writing style was easy enough but maybe for me this one meant I didn't engage with the characters or story that much so it held less interest for me. I will certainly try another Jamie Raven in the hope that the characters are more engaging, but sadly this one fell way short of the mark for me.

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