Women always uncover the truth…
Three years and eleven months. That’s how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.
Six months. That’s how long it’s taken Lizzie to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar.
Now they are both finally free and, together, they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those who framed Lizzie…Â and to make them pay.
The Madam by Jaime Raven: Review
Note: I was sent a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
The MadamÂ by Jaime Raven follows Lizzie Wells as she leaves prison after a four-year sentence. She tries to adjust back intoÂ everyday life with her new partner Donna, otherwise known as Scar. There’s one catch – Lizzie was in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. When she leaves prison, Lizzie and ScarÂ begin a mission to discover what really happened and to get revenge on the person who set her up.
After loving crime thriller books recently, I was so interested to get started with this book. One thing that I loveÂ is that it features a strong female protagonist in an LGBT relationship. I appreciate when authors are great at including varied representationÂ in their books, and Jaime Raven does this incredibly well. The fact that Lizzie is in a relationship with a woman is barely even brought up and it is in no way used as a plot device. It needs to happen more often in fiction. When characters are in an LGBT relationship, it is oftenÂ done for a particular reason or as a cheesy plot device, but Lizzie and Scar’s relationship is just normal. It’s nothing special; it’s a regular, normal relationship, and that is something that definitely needs to be seen more in adult fiction.
“I wanted to shout at her and tell her to think,Â to stop being so stupid and to be more careful. However, the fact that she was so unpredictable added to the excitement of the story.”
Lizzie does have her flaws, of course. Her strong character makes her very stubborn and she often doesn’t listen to advice. She always goes head-strong into any crazy plan she sets her mind to. This unsurprisingly lands her in trouble quite often, almost putting her freedom and her relationship on the line. I wanted to shout at her and tell her to think,Â to stop being so stupid and to be more careful. However, the fact that she was so unpredictable added to the excitement of the story. Her relationship with Scar helped her a lot. Scar was like her positive conscience, trying to steer her in the right direction. Apart from this, though,Â I liked Lizzie. I really wanted things to go well for her and I was with her all the way.
In terms of the story it flowed very well. It highlightedÂ the important characters, locations and events in a way that made it easy to follow. Some books in this genre introduce so many characters at once and it can be confusing to understand who everybody is, but in this book that wasn’t the case. The prose was clear and well-written, making the story incredibly quick and easy to read. Throughout the story we are given flashes of background information as the story progresses, helping the reader to try and work out the mystery while it is being unravelled in the narrative.
I really enjoyed this book and I really can’t wait for future books from Jaime Raven!
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