On My Life by Angela Clark @MulhollandUK @BloggersHut #OnMyLife #AngelaClark #TheClqrt #BookReview #BloggersHutRT #CrimeFiction #20BooksofSummer

Mulholland Books July 2019

Book Description


Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name

Save her baby

Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

My Thoughts

A somewhat chilling read as Jenna tells her story in the first person while she is remanded in prison for a crime she maintains she has been framed for. Told in a then and now format the story details Jenna’s meeting and subsequent relationship with Robert and her seemingly perfect life, which abruptly ends with the death of her stepdaughter and her swift arrest.

A decent piece of crime fiction with a comprehensive plot which I enjoyed. It was a fast read with short chapters which added pace. At times I found it to be a bit repetitive, particularly as Jenna frequently reiterated her innocence and need to find out who was trying to frame her. I preferred the ‘then’ story line as Jenna recalled her relationship with Robert and meeting and getting to know his family. With the benefit of hindsight and without her rose tinted glasses, combined with her determination to establish who is trying to frame her, she is able to consider her relationship with more objectivity and notices some worrying things that she had previously dismissed or ignored.

The story concluded well which I liked, the parts of the story line set in prison were less convincing to me, although the author highlighted some important issues regarding female prisoners, obviously antenatal care is covered, but also the overall vulnerability of women in prison and more specifically in relation to male prison officers, tasked with caring for these women Generally a strong piece of fiction with an intriguing mystery and a strong female lead, determined to clear her name while surviving in prison.

About the Author

Angela Clark is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Social Media Murders series. Her debut Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month, longlisted for the CWA’s Dagger in the Library, and shortlisted for the Good Reader Page Turner Award. Angela has appeared on CBS Reality’s Written in Blood, on stage for BBC Edinburgh Fringe and on BBC News 24’s Ouch comedy special Tales From the Misunderstood, at Noirwich, Camp Bestival, Panic! (in partnership with the Barbican, Goldsmiths University and the Guardian), at City University, at HM Prisons, and she hosts BBC 3 Counties Tales From Your Life, and the Women’s Radio Station Three Books show. She won the YOung Stationers Prize 2015 for achievement and promise in writing. A sufferer of EDS III, Angela is passionate about bringing marginalised voices into publishing. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted proof copy of this book.

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