Sunday, 30 August 2015

Slammer By Tabatha Vargo

The last place Christopher Jacobs, aka X, thought he’d find himself was behind bars. Ten years later, the boy he used to be is gone. In his place is the shell of a man with murder under his belt. Any emotion he once had was left under the gavel when he was given life in prison. That is until the new nurse in the infirmary joins the block. 
Putting your hands on a prison employee will get you the hole, but some things are worth their punishment, and something tells him Lyla will be worth more than he bargained for. 

Lyla Evans isn’t sure about her new job at a maximum security prison, but showing uncertainty and weakness isn’t an option. Taking care of murders and rapist isn’t ideal, but survival is key. She’s warned ahead of time about a prisoner named X, but when she’s attacked, it’s the dangerous X that saves her. Fraternizing with the prisoners is forbidden, but sometimes the most forbidden things are the sweetest. 

Warning, this is a VERY DARK read and does have rape in it, so I strongly suggest you have a strong stomach. Although I didn't read the scene, and moved past it once I realized what was happening, it still made me feel sick reading about the after affects on the incident. 

This book is NOTHING like I thought it would be. I'd been hoping it would be a strong case of wrongly excused. And without giving anything away, the books is so much more. There are so many hidden turns, so many hidden twists that I didn't see the ending coming. No matter how much you tried to work your mind around what was going on, it still fucks with your head. 

I'm not going to go into what happens through the book, or describe each character to you, or what I enjoyed most about the book. This is one book you can't review like that. It needs to be read going in blind. A must read.

It's brilliantly written and you can tell Tabatha has put a lot of work into this book, you can see that with every page you turn. 


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