- File Size: 771 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: MIRA (January 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2014
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DSX3O72
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Inside These Walls Kindle Edition
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Clara is currently serving a life sentence for a stupid mistake in her younger years, Through this story we meet Clara who has cut herself off from most inmates to keep her head down and do her time. You get the feeling that Clara is depressed she never has any visitors and she just spends her time looking after her cellmate who was blinded in a fight and working on translating text books and art into braille.
We don’t find out straight away what the mistake was that Clara made that landed her a life sentence but learn in dribs and drabs as Clara goes public for the first time on what happened that day her life turned to hell, This style is usually painful for me to read because I can’t stand waiting, I am not very patient, but the way Ms Coleman has the story line skipping between the story of what happened and the story line in the present was done well with lots of action between both story lines to keep you interested.
Clara’s story is of a naive young adult in love for the first time, who blindly followed what her boyfriend and his friends wanted her to do, you really feel sorry for her until you remember she murdered someone in cold blood.Read more ›
Clara is a character you don’t feel you should like (being a convicted killer and all), but we get the sense there’s more to her story than court documents and a sensational Lifetime movie have shown. She’s so empathetic, quiet and introspective that we bond with her immediately, reliving her ill-fated romance with Ricky and getting the saga of their inevitable downfall in bits and pieces. As Clara’s tale unravels, it’s hard not to feel incredibly sad for her. As the story’s narrator, she guides us through the truths and half-truths and lies as she retreads old territory, and I found myself feeling . . . very protective of her.
Given the novel takes place within a prison, it would be easy to tire of Clara’s pinhole world — but Coleman takes us so deeply into the mind and heart of her narrator, I never felt bored or claustrophobic. Quite the opposite, in fact. Through her memories and confessional chats with a friendly Catholic priest, we’re privy to such a complicated, emotional back story that I had to keep reminding myself of all that actually came to pass.
This book was awesome. Up-til-3-a.m. awesome.
Fans of contemporary fiction and prison dramas as well as bold, complicated characters will find much to love in Coleman’s latest. Clara isn’t a character I’ll soon forget, and I love that INSIDE THESE WALLS drops us at the beginning of a new era. I was very satisfied with the ending . . . and only wish I could have stayed with Clara a little longer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story begins after Clara has been in prison 25 years for murder. She is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murder. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Nancy Crays
Clara is a riveting character. The setting, inside a prison, is only as limited as Clara's memories, which is to say not at all. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Lisa Andrews
This story appealed to me in the same way Piper Kerman's book, Orange is the New Black, did. I was intrigued by Clara and anxious to learn how someone, who came across as... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by mama e