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Book Review: The Inmate




The Inmate was written by Freida McFadden and published by Hollywood Upstairs Press in 2022. You can purchase it on Amazon/Kindle and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.


Humans who are detained as inmates for long periods of time offer up a psychology that is intriguing, dangerous and alluring...



Brooke Sullivan is a nurse practitioner in need of a job, after moving back to her hometown, and moving back into her childhood home after the death of her parents. She is desperate to find a job so that she can get back to a normal way of life and to raise her ten-year-old son, Josh. An opportunity presents itself as an NP at a men's maximum-security prison but there is one major problem; It houses Shane Nelson, a notorious and dangerous inmate, who was Brooke's high school sweetheart and a man convicted of killing several people in her hometown. Brooke's testimony at trial put him behind bars. Hoping that she will be able to avoid him during her employment there, she soon finds herself administering to Shane's injuries after he was in a fight at the prison. Soon, Brooke becomes emotionally involved with Nelson, whom for over a decade she has called a monster.


There are secrets between them and memories haunt Brooke of a night in the past when Nelson tried to kill her. Other relationships in her life become entangled with her memories and she begins to wonder what the real truth is. Shane Nelson knows the truth and that could change everything.


This genre fit well with my interests and so it was a story that I found compelling to read. Humans who are detained as inmates for long periods of time offer up a psychology that is intriguing, dangerous and alluring, making it difficult for me to ignore. Shane Nelson and his interactions with his ex-girlfriend, while being treated for his injuries, kept me turning the pages to see where the story would evolve from there. I was not disappointed but some of the scenarios in the plot seemed a bit contrived and probably not believable if it were to play out in real life. Other than that, the story was a good one and worth the read.


I give The Inmate 3 out of 4 stars.

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