Monday 9 November 2020

Inside Out - Chris McGeorge || Blog Tour


Cara Lockhart has just commenced a life sentence in HMP North Fern - the newest maximum security women's prison in the country. She was convicted of a crime she is adamant she didn't commit.

One morning she wakes up to find her cellmate murdered - shot in the head with a gun that is missing. The door was locked all night, which makes Cara the only suspect.

Cara needs to clear her name, unravelling an impossible case, with an investigation governed by a prison timetable. But as Cara starts to learn more about North Fern and the predicament she is in, she finds connections between the past and present that she never could have imagined.

Indeed it seems that her conviction and her current situation might be linked in very strange ways...

I was gifted my copy for the blog tour for which i am late and can only apologise.  This was a brilliant thrilling and tense read that just got darker and darker as the narrative went on. Cara has just started her life sentence in a new prison, something about the place makes it unique - a different concept. We soon start to learn about Caras history, her nickname The Butcher soon gets explained and we soon realise she is adament it was a crime she didnt commit.

When she is dragged from her cell bed in the middle of the night because her cell mate and friend has been shot, she is adament she has been set up once more. However, it wasn't physically possible anyone else could of done it - the room was never opened and closed, and the camera cut out for only 3 seconds. So, Cara decides she must make her own investigation and solve the mystery in front of her but what she soon begins to discover is North Fern is not like a normal prison however normal it seems and things run alot deeper here.

This was honestly so gripping, i put it down to sleep and then decided sleep could wait because i needed answers and i needed them now, it was just so engaging. Like i mentioned it got darker as the narrative went on and the twists and turns were so unexpected. I found myself invested in Cara not only her in past but her present too - why was this happening? I feel like the author made it in a way that it was unclear what was actually happening and it was not an easy one to guess.

Its the first book i have read by the author and i can say i really was a fan of the writing style and pacing, it was fast enough that your were invested but not too fast that you lost track. I also words were written for a purpose and not just to fill space, everything was necessary even if you didnt realise it at the time. 

A great tense and thrilling read. 

Chris McGeorge has an MA in Creative Writing (Crime / Thriller) from City University London where he wrote his first crime novel Dead Room for this thesis. He constantly told stories from a young age, whether they took the form of comics, short stories or scripts.

He is a lover of Golden Age crime, like Christie and Conan Doyle, leading his crime stories to be a mix of the old and the contemporary. He likes weird and wonderful plots, with plenty of intrigue and twists. 

His often coherent ramblings about everything pop culture can be found on his blog Festival of Blood and occasionally he produces the Sarcasmicast podcast with a group of friends.

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