Friday, January 17, 2014

On the Inside by Kim Cano

When Kristen is sentenced to seventeen years for committing a white collar crime, she’s forced to leave her husband and two sons behind.
Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.

But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story of love, hardship, devotion, sorrow, and forgiveness
By Clare Chu
Kristen is the main character. She's in jail for bilking her employer out of a huge sum of money. In the process, she lost the trust of her husband and children and virtually bankrupted them. They are bitter and wary of her, but she continues to send letters to her husband telling him how sorry she is. The only family member to write back is her sister-in-law, Olivia, who extends a lifeline to her with family pictures and events.
We also meet an array of colorful characters from the flashy inmate, Lupe, to the prison psychiatrist, Megan, the warden, Laura, Kristen's antagonist, Jess, and many others. Each person has their story, their trials, and triumphs, and you'll find yourself rooting for all of them.
Ms. Cano expertly weaves in multiple points of view to make you understand and empathize with all of these people. Each has his or her own pain and sorrow as well as aspirations for a better future. Necessarily, some of the stories end tragically whereas others move on as best they can. But Kristen and the others learn to take happiness in small places and to accept what can't be changed.
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My Review
Kim's characters were just so real to me! This is the closest I have ever come to actually being in jail, and believe me it is not a place I strive to be. But as I read and was drawn in by her amazing writing abilities I felt like I was actually there. 
I just couldn’t put it down. The visuals created and emotions I felt were amazing. After I finished it I took a good look at everything I am blessed with and the people in my life and felt so thankful.
Only a great book and incredible writing can touch the readers this deeply.

Kim Cano is the author of For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. It also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart. 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.
A Widow Redefined is Kim's debut women’s fiction novel. It's a story of a young woman's journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship.
Kim has also written Dogschwitz. A novella about Rory, the dog that cheated death. It’s been described as “a little book with a huge impact.”
Kim is an animal activist and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.
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1 comment:

  1. The last sentence of your review made me teary-eyed. Thanks so much. I'm glad readers are enjoying On The Inside.


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