Review: One More Chance by Lucy Ayrton

Review: One More Chance by Lucy Ayrton

Dani hasn’t had an easy life. She’s made some bad choices and now she’s paying the ultimate price; prison.

With her young daughter Bethany, growing up in foster care, Dani is determined to be free and reunited with her. There’s only one problem; Dani can’t stay out of trouble.

Dani’s new cellmate Martha is quiet and unassuming. There’s something about her that doesn’t add up. When Martha offers Dani one last chance at freedom, she doesn’t hesitate.

Everything she wants is on the outside, but Dani is stuck on the inside. Is it possible to break out when everyone is trying to keep you in . . .

I really love anything published by Dialogue Books, Little Brown Book Group’s imprint, designed to showcase authentic and diverse voices. Prison literature always interests me as I find it often has strong links with my work as a mental health nurse, so right from the start I was feeling good about Lucy Ayrton’s One More Chance.

Ayrton’s debut novel was inspired by her work for a woman’s prison charity, which is what gives voice to the character of Dani. Dani felt so real to me that at times I had to keep checking I was reading fiction, rather than an autobiography. Dani is representative of so many women who are sadly failed by the social services system, but I haven’t read many books where the portrayal of a female prisoner has felt so sympathetic.

Parts of the novel feel almost fairy-tale like (you’ll have to read it to understand what I mean), but it brings a whole new aspect to the novel which I’ve never seen anywhere else.

It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the prison system as well as being an all-round enjoyable book.

Rachel x-x-x


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