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Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Natalie sits in prison, vowing revenge on her husband, who put her there. He’s sold everything they owned, filed for divorce and taken their baby son, Harry, to live with his millionaire parents on the Isle of Man - a different jurisdiction from the UK, where Natalie has no rights. 

When Natalie is released three years later, she rushes to the Isle of Man in search of her son. But she needs to keep looking over her shoulder because, while in prison, she has been receiving death threats. Can she find him before her pursuer does?

©2018 Rona Halsall (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • 04-09-18

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I had to force myself to finish this book because I didn't think it was possible for a character to be this excruciatingly ignorant, naive and weak. Although it is beyond unfair how anyone that should care about Natalie, doesn't, treats her poorly and turns on her, it is ultimately due to her gullible personality, lack of awareness, and what she allows to happen to her. It’s exasperatingly pathetic how little support she has.

I wasn't necessarily bored by the story, but it was too frustrating to be sufficiently entertaining. Very early on, I correctly guessed how the events were going to unfold as well as the ending. The story isn't about getting revenge, it’s about Natalie’s careless and deficient plans to find her son. Even before, during and after prison, everyone walks all over her and her personality doesn't change. The only useful thing Natalie learned in prison was how to physically fight.

All of Natalie's relationships are inadequately developed so it’s hard to appreciate the complexities of her actions and motivations. Significant details about her past that would've helped strengthened the plot –– that weren't prison flashbacks, were very scant, and a lot of detail included wasn’t useful. There is barely a single person on her side and even this old woman that seems like she should be, was disappointingly tough on Natalie.

And on a side note, it's particularly irritating to follow a story, when most quantities of anything (i.e. 5 cars, 10 more hours, 30-years-old) is limitedly described as "a couple" or "a few". For example, "a couple of years younger than him", "a few weeks until she gets out of jail", "he was gone for a couple days", "a few hours until the police arrive". It’s unproductive to tell a story with the majority of everything in estimation, you never get a definitive understanding of the time frame or how old people are etc.

Also, I don't know if it is the production quality or the narrator, but the last words of a substantial number of sentences fade, and you can't understand what was said.

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