I have been lucky enough to meet lovely Faith Mortimer in person, interview her here for Linda’s Book Bag and read one of her engaging romances, A Very Distant Affair, reviewed here. Consequently, I’m delighted to have had the chance to read the latest in Faith’s stand alone Dark Minds psychological thrillers series, Paradise Prison.
Paradise Prison is released today, 7th January 2017 and is available for purchase here.
During a huge row, Gillian stands up to her abusive boyfriend. The consequences are horrendous and far-reaching.
Terrified, she flees her home, seeking anonymity abroad while coming to terms with the outcome of her actions.
In Portugal, Gillian meets Harry, a yachtsman, needing crew for his Atlantic Ocean-crossing. She applies for the job. Half-way into the journey, after confessing to her crime, Harry offers her refuge on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean which he says he owns.
Confused and depressed, Gillian imagines this is the answer to her problems. She needs time to lie low and consider her options; confront the authorities or live in obscurity? Harry is offering the perfect hiding place…or is he?
When things start going horribly wrong, she asks herself if she is alone on the island. But maybe the biggest question of all is why she gets the gut feeling Harry wants to keep her there at all costs?
What happens when she says … no.
My Review of Paradise Prison
When Gill escapes an abusive relationship in dramatic circumstances, this is only the start of her worries.
Although I found the subject matter of Paradise Prison outside my comfort zone, I have to say Faith Mortimer handles contentious issues with aplomb. She gives just enough detail to ensure the reader has a full understanding of events and situations without adding gratuitous detail merely to shock. I think this is very skilled writing.
The focus is on the two characters of Gill and Harry so that there is a claustrophobic feeling underpinning the narrative from the very beginning. That said, the occasional minor characters are vivid and lifelike so that they contribute well to the story when they do appear. The story is also enhanced by the detail of sailing as Harry and Gill sail from Portugal to the Caribbean. It’s obvious Faith Mortimer knows her way around a boat.
I wasn’t entirely convinced by the situation Gill finds herself in after Portugal but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story because the plot is incredibly fast past with an explosive start and a rapid series of events throughout. The short chapters really add to this feeling of pace. I found them quite ensnaring too, thinking I’d just read one more and before I knew where I was I’d read the whole book. I don’t want to spoil the plot so I’ll just say I found the ending very satisfying.
Reading Paradise Prison was hugely entertaining but it also made me wonder just how much general emotional baggage the ordinary population is carrying around. I think that, having read Paradise Prison, I might look at people differently now and wonder just what is happening inside their heads!
About Faith Mortimer
Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. A Registered nurse, she then changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies. Faith is happily married and has two children. Dividing her time between the south of England and Cyprus, she has written three series of books which are all standalone novels.