Monday, 13 June 2016

The Madam by Jaime Raven

The MadamThe Madam by Jaime Raven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Women always uncover the truth . . .

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 . . . and to make them pay.


Lizzie a prostitute is wrongfully convicted of murdering one of her clients, in order to secure a shorter sentence she pleads guilty and serves three years and eleven months in Holloway prison. While inside serving time she shares a cell with Scar and six months later they are an item, Lizzie having fallen in love with this damaged woman.

Driven by the thought of freedom and proving Lizzie's innocence once they are free they embark on a search to find who framed her and why where Lizzie is determined to make them pay not just for her lost years inside but also from a tragedy that has left her with wounds and an empty hole in her heart.

Lizzie is a gutsy, ballsy woman who does not scare easily and does not run away when things get rough. She makes some silly calls that leave her exposed and vulnerable where the reader asks ' she wouldn't really have done that' but always seems to come out the other side fairly unscathed. I felt her character would make a really good detective if Jaime Raven decided to use this as a sequel to a series of detective stories with her as the central character. Maybe this career change would be the making of both girls as they could run a detective agency.

I felt that Scar was probably more 'real' and identifiable than Lizzie but that said it did not spoil the novel. It moved along at a good pace, although predictable it was still an enjoyable read which I managed to finish in just over a day. I felt it lacked a little depth and it did feel as if the ending was a bit rushed but overall it was a pleasant enough read and worth 4 stars.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

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