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Summary

A shocking thriller inspired by the true stories of a male prison officer in a women’s prison.... 

Prison Officer Jim Dalton works on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fuelled by testosterone-driven violence, but he has the prisoners’ respect. When Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison, his next shift is so easy he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years.

Billie hasn’t had it easy in life, and she has earned the nickname Damage because she has been known to cause some! Ending up in prison might have been inevitable, but Billie hasn’t given up on her dreams yet. If there’s a way to get out of prison faster, she’s going to find it. 

When Dalton is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple, and in Billie he fears he may have met his match. As Billie starts to turn the screw, Dalton faces losing everything....

Taking a break from his best-selling DI Barton series, Ross Greenwood returns with this shocking and utterly compelling glimpse behind the bars of a women's prison. From a man who walked the landings himself....

©2021 Ross Greenwood (P)2021 Boldwood Books

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Outstanding

I am a retired Prison Officer of 30 years service, this is by far the best book about prisons that I have ever listened to or read. It's not fast paced with loads of action but it's amazingly real, it deals with the mental side of being a prisoner and a prison officer. The emotions are real as are the consequences to the decisions we make. Highly recommended a real thought provoking and honest book, thank you Ross Greenwood

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Thoroughly captivating listen

First and foremost this is a great book. It is not per se a thriller, more of a drama that follows the life of a prisoner officer at home and more prominently at work. I found it totally captivating and was hooked from the first chapter onward. Ross Greenwood has a way of drawing you in with his stories and this one is no exception. David Thorpe I believe helps with this as he captures the drama when narrating that i find is not always the case with others.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough and look forward to all Ross Greenwood future offerings.

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brilliant. Great story

Having read the other 3 books. I ventured on to this one .I have to say I really enjoyed the story .I would definitely recommend it

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brilliant

absolutely loved it, couldn't get enough. roll on the next one. can not wait!

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  • 17-07-21

Authentic, a very good listen.

Not my usual genre but I really enjoyed it. Nice pace to it, voice narration engaging and good insights into a world I have no knowledge of, thankfully!

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Pleasantly surprised!

As a newbie to Audible, i chose Prisoner as my first audio book. Wasn’t sure what to expect but i soon became addicted! Have enjoyed my commute to and from work over the last week listening to this. Rhumbs up from me!

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I was blown away!!

Greenwood has yet again thoroughly researched this topic and I was hooked to the end. Gripping and so real.

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To be vulnerable is to be human

I thought this book was convincing and moving. I liked the slow pace because you have time to get drawn into the lives of the characters. I got so involved that I cried a lot.... but I don't want to put you off.... it is like life.

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An inside look at a female prison

This was a fairly interesting story as it was loosely based on the authors own experience as a prison guard. I enjoyed it because it shows how even the nicest guard with the most honourable intentions can become corrupt in such a place.
The storyline was interesting enough to listen to but I think if I was reading it I likely would have lost interest as it wasn't overly fast paced and a lot of the time it was just casual conversation between officers and inmates.

Narrator David Thorpe was good and kept the story going at a steady pace. There wee some playback issues however where random words of a sentence (often pretty key ones to understand what was going on) would fade in and out like it does at the beginning of a chapter, so at points some parts were missed out. It happened all throughout the book so did grow a bit infuriating.

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Beautifully written, absolutely mesmerising and unexpectedly uplifting.

A superb read, couldn’t stop listening. Attention to detail is marvellous, the atmosphere created tangible and powerful. Characters are well rounded and not cliched. You feel their pain and empathise. A smart, well crafted and provoking novel, highly recommended.

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  • 28-04-21

Fantastic!

Ross Greenwood and David Thorpe expertly delivered the sights and sounds of everyday prison, but more importantly the emotional toll it takes on everyone behind the walls of HMP Peterborough.

I was mesmerized by the character development. Each character was so real – from the thugs in the men’s ward to the damaged and broken girls in the women’s ward. Written from the POV of Jim Dalton, prison guard, husband and father, Ross weaves you in and out of his life.

As a tenured and respected prison guard, Jim finds himself in uncharted territory after being moved to the women’s ward. He’s used to the dangers dealing with the men, the fighting, the life and death situations it puts him in, and the stress it brings to his life. Now he finds himself in a different kind of danger – one he didn’t see coming. Jim starts questioning the man he truly is and if his moral compass is working properly. And as the reader, you start questioning your own.

As a devoted husband, Jim wonders what went wrong and why can’t he make his wife happy. The story line is so relatable it pulls you in and tugs on your heartstrings.

As a doting father who loves his children dearly, Jim is just a Dad doing the best he can for the love of his family.

As a new found friend, you take pleasure in the joy and laughter Jim finds along the way.

This book will make you happy, sad, angry and everything in between. It’s Brilliant!

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  • Ann
  • 10-07-21

WE’VE READ IT ALL BEFORE

Excellent narrator. Meh story. Although advertised as a thriller, it’s a too-long and repetitious story about a prison guard betraying himself, his family, and the prison system by getting involved with a young female prisoner’s sexual manipulations. We’ve heard it all before.

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  • HailtoTheVictors
  • 30-05-21

Not a thriller

I’m so tired of books being labeled thrillers. The way the overview for this book was written it made it sound like this prisoner had some thing over on the guard and was somehow blackmailing him or something. All this book does is talks about a prison guard and his day to day. I could not have been more bored

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  • David Kellogg
  • 01-07-22

Incredible and Touching

I loved everything about this book. I’m a 32 year old father of 2 girls.

So much in here made me reflect on my own life. It’s witty, sad at times and all around wonderful.

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  • joseph strickland
  • 23-03-22

It's messy...

Firstly, this is absolutely not a thriller, it's a melodrama. Secondly, if u ever wondered what prison life is like, you'll love this story. Thirdly, Dalton and Billie deserve each other because they are both hedonistic, selfish and immature. Great narration and I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Amanda Finley
  • 03-03-22

Quite Enjoyed It!

I was pleasantly surprised at how well I enjoyed this book! Ross Greenwood is a brilliant author!

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  • Denise
  • 20-01-22

Wow! Just...Wow!

Terrific read! Such an inside look at the prison system and quite the thriller! I hope Ross Greenwood has more of this up his sleeve!

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  • Thinus van der Merwe
  • 18-01-22

Great listen

What an amazing story, well researched and written, and then narated excellently! I loved it, thank you!

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  • Hepcat89
  • 03-12-21

Terrific Listen

At first I was skeptical of a man in a woman’s prison scenario. This book was the complete opposite of what I thought it would be.

The characters were slowly developed but all became more clear.

The action was non stop and I enjoyed it.

David Thorpe brought this story to life!