I received a free copy of Letters from Inside, in exchange for an honest review.
Be warned, there will likely be spoilers in this review.
I enjoyed the story in Letters from Inside more than I thought I would. I do not usually enjoy stories that involve rape, as the vivid descriptions I’ve read in some books was overly descriptive to the point of nauseating me. I was pleased to see read that while rape was mentioned, it never got graphic or vivid – it was just enough to let me know what happened.
The story evolves around Jessie, her mother Linda, Carl the inmate who just made parole and Detective Tom Harrington. Detective Harrington’s sister was brutally raped by Carl, and was convicted and spent time in prison. We find out in the novel Carl has raped before and had other violent episodes.
Without giving too much of the plot away, we find that Jessie is a teenager whose parents are divorced. She thinks her father can do no wrong, and is upset her parents are divorced.
Detective Tom involved himself in Linda and Jessie’s life in order to keep an eye on them, and protect them from Carl, unbeknownst to Linda. As the story evolves, Tom has found a way to insert himself into their lives, and he and Linda begin to develop feelings for each other. After Jessie runs away, Tom comes clean with Linda and tells her who he is, who Carl is and why he, Tom, is in town. Linda, while thankful to know Jessie is safe, is angry with Tom for deceiving her. She leaves him and goes home alone.
Carl does, eventually, come into Linda’s home and try to convince her they should be together. I don’t want to give the ending away, but I will say I was pleased with the ending.
I thought the quality of the writing, and the storytelling was very good. Setting up the background of the story was done well, and liked that there wasn’t a huge information dump.
I would have liked to have seen more tension throughout the story between Carl and Linda as well as between Carl and Tom. Perhaps a little more tension between Linda and her ex-husband. I am still curious about how Jessie and Carl ended up in communication with each other, so an explanation there would have been helpful. Overall, I very much enjoyed Letters from Inside and will be pleased to read more from Teresa Blue.
The trenches of parenting can get down right dirty, as single mom, Linda Wheeler is finding out. Her biggest challenge to keep her teenage daughter, Jessica, out of jail. Although community service is hardly a prison sentence, this single mom is about to come face to face a product of the system.
Troubled Jessie blames her mom for breaking up their family and is determined to make her pay. Jessie doesn’t believe her dad is the bad guy her mom makes him out to be and sets out to prove the difference between a good man and the bad. She recruits a prison pen-pal unaware that he’s recently been granted parole. By cleverly signing her mom’s name to the letters, she’s supplied the criminal with a purpose: find the author and claim her for his own.
Carl Jenkins has spent the last seven years as an inmate at Jackson State Prison. Even violent offenders make parole, leaving Detective Tom Harrington furious as the man who brutally raped his sister walks out of prison a free man. Tom vows to see the felon back behind bars where he belongs. But it isn’t long before all eyes turn to a rural farmhouse and a struggling single mom. Jenkins has a new target, and it’s up to Tom to keep them safe, or is history doomed to repeat itself?