This type of subject matter is right up my street, so I expected to enjoy this book. Whilst the premise for the book is good, the writing is very simple and childlike in many ways, with lots of conradictions. The author goes into detail about the items in the cell being, 'all made like children's toys, unbreakable and blunt', and then goes on to say that a diet sheet and 'a copy of the prison rules and regulations hung on a nail'. Nails are not known for being blunt. I was also left wondering about the wisdom of the bell pull. I was completely at a loss to understand the sentence 'Yet, then, the impossible happened; she decided not to cry'.
I found the book to be way too descriptive, beyond what was needed to give atmosphere to it, on many occasions sentences did not follow each other in a logical order, and the punctuation was horrendous with commas everywhere which ruined the flow of the prose.
I hate having to criticise an author's work, but I only got to 12% before having to give up on this book, and I will not be reading anything else by this author.