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The Walls Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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"The Walls is a suspenseful and satisfying psychological thriller by a writer who has hit her stride."―Dallas Morning News
"Overton spins a fast-moving, increasingly compelling tale."―Booklist
"[A] pulse-pounding thriller . . . The book's tension and drama increase exponentially."―Publishers Weekly
"What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page."―New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen on Baby Doll
"A tense survivor story for fans of Chevy Stevens' Still Missing and Chelsea Cain's One Kick."―Booklist on Baby Doll
"Captur[es] the unique bond shared by identical twins."―Kirkus on Baby Doll
"Compelling ... Overton throws in enough twists, turns, and surprises to keep the reader wondering what on earth can happen next."―Publishers Weekly on Baby Doll
"You'll read this psychological thriller in one sitting."―Marie Claire (UK) on Baby Doll
"Compelling"―Richmond-Times Dispatch on Baby Doll
"Moves at breakneck speed."―Stylist on Baby Doll
About the Author
Hollie Overton was raised in Texas, and draws on her unique childhood experiences for inspiration. Her father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, and served time in prison for manslaughter. Hollie is a television writer whose credits include the CBS drama Cold Case and Freeform's Shadowhunters. Her debut novel, Baby Doll, was an international bestseller, and has been translated into eleven languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and rescue dog.
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These are the questions facing Kristy Tucker. A public information officer for the Texas prison system, she often hates her job, which includes witnessing prisoner executions. But she's the only financial support for her small family -- teenage son Ryan and her father, Frank Tucker, who's on oxygen after a lifetime of chain-smoking. He's frail and has a hard time even leaving the house.
So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, Ryan's judo instructor, she can't deny a strong attraction to him. He's handsome, ripped and full of charm. Soon Kristy and her family have fallen under his spell. When he proposes, she has no problem saying yes.
That's where the dream ends and nightmare begins. Lance is a violent abuser who quickly batters Kristy into submission, both physically and psycbhologically through threating her son and father. She realizes that he will never let her go -- that even if she leaves him, while he lives he will be a danger to her and her family. What if she were to kill him? Surely, if she studies the mistakes made by killers on death row that led to their arrests, she can avoid screwing up.
This is an absorbing book that pulls no punches. The abuse scenes are so realistic that I found myself cringing while I read them. Kristy's motivation for wanting to kill her husband is clear. But can she go through with it -- and get away with it?
The only complaint I have is that this gritty novel took rather too long to get to the meat of the story, but others might not agree with me. All in all, though, it's a good, if sometimes uncomfortable, read.
Kristy is a single mother who takes care of her ailing father and works at The Walls (a prison in Conroe, Texas where they execute death row inmates). She toils and struggles for her son. Typical mom who shuns herself for her family, she unexpectedly falls in love. Lance is everything and more...much more than she can handle. Once Lance has her in the bonds of matrimony, he drops the act and turns vicious. Kristy must find a way to save herself and her family, but can she do it?
As a reader it was interesting to see the before, during, and after to Kristy's story. Most thrillers I've read start somewhere in the story a little further along and then backtrack. Overton (slowly) allows us to discover Kristy and connect with Lance as she does. Although some portions were weak and the beginning slow, this book felt so thorough in developing Kristy and her story.
I really enjoyed the book. It was difficult to get into it at first, but then it engrossed me. I especially liked Kristy's interaction with the prisoners and her reflection on the inmates and their crimes. This additional element allowed me to more thoroughly reflect on how I feel and think about crime, punishment, evil, justice, and justifying oneself.
I think this is a great book. It is truly rewarding to readers for its suspense and it's thoughtfulness. Recommended
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On the way home from my visit to see my daughter, I started reading The Walls by Hollie...Read more
I liked the characters and felt that I knew who each of them were, with a simple plot that is easy to follow.Read more