crime · Prison story

*BLOG TOUR* Diary Of A Prison Officer – Josie Channer ★★★★

Blurb; It’s 2003, Tony Blair is still Prime Minister and a shy loner from east London, Amber Campbell, joins the prison service searching for purpose.

Behind the walls of the women’s prison Amber is determined to prove that she has what it takes to become a tornado officer. She makes a pact with two close friends to support each other no matter what. However, the three Black women struggle when they experience discrimination and disappointment at every turn.

There is rising racial tension in her home town when far right local councillors are elected. Amber reflects on the prison system in her blog and takes an emotional journey off the beaten track through Africa to find love.

My Review; WOW. If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that true crime and anything about prisons I LOVE. It’s just really interesting to me so I knew this was right up my street.

I loved the lay out of the whole story. It is written in diary entries from the past of her time working in a prison to the present where she is touring Africa. It does feature a lot of race issues and some political situations too. It’s honest. Part’s are brutal. It gives you a really good view into life working in an all womans prison. The ending was huge and had me holding my breathe to see the outcome. It also highlights how important friendships are.

An easy read, page turner. Very interesting and I look up to this woman although the book is fiction it is based off the authors life experiences so to me makes it more real! Amazing for everything she went through and stood up for. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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