A Prisoner of Birth

A Prisoner of Birth

A Prisoner of Birth – Jeffrey Archer
Original title: A Prisoner of Birth (2008)
Swedish title: Dömd till fängelse
Publishing house: Pan

Synopsis from Goodreads:
If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the four prosecution witnesses are a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat, and the youngest partner in an established firm’s history, who is going to believe his side of the story?

Danny is sentenced to twenty-two years and sent to Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped.

However, Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer all underestimate Danny’s determination to seek revenge, and Beth’s relentless quest to pursue justice, which ends up with all four fighting for their lives.

This book what recommended to me by my dear friend Z. She had recently read it, she gave me her copy and said “you should read this”. She was right.

I was a little hesitant to start reading it because it is a book that partly takes place in prison. My earlier experience with prison books are that it is not very pleasant in prison, and not always very pleasant to read about someone being in prison. Now, that I think about it, I might not have read that many books that takes place in prison. Anyhow, I thought the time in prison would be far more unpleasant than it was.

Something I liked about this book was that I did not see what was coming. I often thought something and something else happened. I admit that I started of always thinking the worst was going to happen.

Danny is very like-able. He does not do anything that is completely stupid. I was afraid he might.

I think my favourite part in this book is one of the trials. I like the cross examination and when a lawyer on either side has something up their sleeve – or think he/she has.

To summarise. I liked it. It went against my prejudgements. Thank you Z for recommend it, I would probably have missed it if it were not for you. I am definitely going to try more books by Jeffrey Archer.

Status updates on Goodreads while reading:

  • page 166. Why hasn’t something bad happened to him yet? I have felt this whole time that his time in the prison would be very unpleasant. I’m not saying that I think it should be, I’m grateful that is hasn’t been unpleasant. I can just feel it coming, and it makes me hesitate a little to go forward because something bad i going to happen. Other than him being wrongfully sent to prison, that’s not very nice.
  • page 233. Oh no, it’s coming.
  • page 415. Everything goes pretty smoothly. I kind of always think the worst is going to happen.
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