Life or Death: Book Review

‘Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released?’

An intriguing premise, which made me think of the Shawshank film. The protagonist Audie is very much like Tim Robbins character, innocent of his crime, unfairly abused, helping other prisoners with their appeals. He even has a black sidekick Moss, who sadly is not quite as wise as Morgan Freeman.

Characters aside, despite spotting some of the key elements of the plot early, I still enjoyed watching how the special agent pulled the case together from the clues she had. The pacing is a little slow at first, but it picks up and delivers a satisfying action-packed ending.

The novel loses a star for the frankly bizarre idea that Special Agent Furness would get called a midget, a child, insulted, laughed at, unable to buy clothes etc. etc. for being five foot two. Plenty of people are that short, or shorter, without the constant issues she has. I’m an inch shorter than she’s supposed to be and had not a single issue that she has every other page!  Four foot two, maybe I’d have believed it.

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