Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.
But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.
On the Inside is based on true events, written from the authors own family tragedy.
Review for On The Inside…..
This book will hook you from the very first paragraph, as you meet Lakeisha, a mail scanner for a women’s prison. She reads the prisoner’s correspondence, checks it for drugs and dangerous devices, and delivers the mail.Lakeisha is drawn into the correspondence Kristen has with her husband. And in this way, the reader is also drawn into the story about life inside a correctional facility for women. Kristen is the main character. She’s in jail for bilking her employer out of a huge sum of money. In the process, she lost the trust of her husband and children and virtually bankrupted them. They are bitter and wary of her, but she continues to send letters to her husband telling him how sorry she is. The only family member to write back is her sister-in-law, Olivia, who extends a lifeline to her with family pictures and events.We also meet a panoply of colorful characters from the flashy inmate, Lupe, to the prison psychiatrist, Megan, the warden, Laura, Kristen’s antagonist, Jess, and many others. Each person has their story, their trials, and triumphs, and you’ll find yourself rooting for all of them.
Ms. Cano expertly weaves in multiple points of view to make you understand and empathize with all of these people. Each has his or her own pain and sorrow as well as aspirations for a better future. Necessarily, some of the stories end tragically whereas others move on as best they can. But Kristen and the others learn to take happiness in small places and to accept what can’t be changed.
The story is uplifting and poignant. You won’t want to miss this. I read this in a single evening because I not just wanted to find out what happened to the characters, but I felt for them and laughed and cried and wished so much for them to be victorious in their lives.
Everything was resolved and there were no loose ends. Even though there was sadness leavened into the book, the overall message is joyful and shows the power of love, devotion, and forgiveness. You won’t be disappointed with this wonderful story. ~ Clare Chu
Wow! OK so we are introduced to Lakeisha, a mail scanner at the women’s prison. She’s drawn to the letters written by Kristen, an inmate. Kristen has been sentenced to a 17-year term for committing a white collar crime and even though they are often referred to as “victimless crimes”, we see the pain that it has wreaked on her family and herself.
As the story goes on, we are introduced to others in the prison serving time for several different reasons. We also get to peek into the lives of Lakeisha and her co-workers, the most interesting being the warden and prison psychiatrist. The author seems show us how our actions affect the ones around us.
This is a great read!
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