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.
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. It’s time to make them pay…
As the saying goes ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’, and Lizzie Wells has certainly been scorned! Imprisoned for almost four years for a murder she didn’t commit, Lizzie is determined to seek revenge on those responsible for her incarceration.
Admittedly, I was not keen on the cover of this book and would have been slightly put off reading it, however, I really enjoyed it and it goes to show that I should not judge a book by it’s cover! Gripped from the very start, I devoured The Madam within a couple of days.
Lizzie, the main character and narrator, is a tenacious young woman with real grit and determination. I warmed to her instantly and really felt for her as she also has a softer side to her character which makes her easy to empathise with. I really liked the character of her partner, Scar, who is the voice of reason to Lizzie’s hell-bent single-mindedness. Throughout the book I was really rooting for the pair of them and hoped that everything would work out.
The relationship between Lizzie and Scar is written well and with sensitivity. Lizzie, prior to being in prison, is heterosexual, however, fell in love with Scar and grew close to her while inside. I could understand the parts in the book where she found men attractive and her initial doubts as to whether or not the relationship would continue on the outside. There are intimate moments in the book between the characters, however they are not gratuitous and add to the sense of the relationship between Lizzie and Scar. I forgot while reading that The Madam was written by a man, and I give credit to Jaime for handling this topic well.
There were parts of the storyline that I did work out, however, this did not take any enjoyment away from me. It is fast paced from the outset and does not let up until the end. If you want a engrossing thriller that will hold your attention, definitely check The Madam out. I look forward to Jaime’s next novel.
Thank you to Jaime Raven for the copy in exchange for my opinion.
Published 19 May 2016 by Avon.