Author: Wayne Mansfield
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/13/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance
Upon arrival at Barton Prison, Julian is processed and taken to a cell occupied by a prisoner named Gordon, who soon becomes his lover. However, six months later, a jealous guard sends Gordon to another wing of the prison, separating the lovers. Not to be deterred, Julian sends a message to Gordon via Lanky, another prisoner, which starts a long correspondence between them.
Through their letters, readers learn more about the two men — their backgrounds, their secrets, their hopes and dreams. The letters reveal the story of two lovers trapped inside a prison, separated from the world outside and from each other.
But prison life is hard. There are bashings and murders. There are corrupt prison officers and violent inmates. How can Julian, who comes from an upper middle-class family and is incarcerated for an accident, hope to survive against such odds, especially when he becomes the target of a particularly corrupt and vicious screw?
Letters From the Inside was a truly unique story. Whether that’s a good thing or not I’m not sure.
It’s the love story of two prison inmates—Julian and Gordon—and what they go through behind bars. Most of the time they aren’t even together but their love stays strong.
This wasn’t written in a traditional novel format. The story comes from the letters the two men write to each other and pass to each other in various ways. It’s presented as a true story about the author’s uncle with the letters supposedly having been found in an attic. There are things that seem to prove it is a real story and a few things that could be used to present the opposite opinion. But to me it doesn’t matter. The story—fact or fiction—was enjoyable. It was a quick read and the characters frustrated me beyond belief, but they were realistic.
All the prisoners, both main and supporting characters, rang true. My one complaint is that there most of the guards are presented as sadistic and evil, but I guess stories about decent guards wouldn’t make much of a story.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. Just be warned there isn’t a traditional HEA. Some would say there isn’t one at all, but it didn’t affect my opinion of the story overall.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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