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16 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2007
I'm halfway through this book and with each chapter I'm becoming more and more skeptical. The storyline is unbelievable and seems more like a bad movie than actual events ~ for example, the author is about to be executed and at the last second a car arrives with papers changing her sentence from death to life in prison. Who ordered the change? A prison guard who fell in love with her on first sight when she was entering the prison. After seeing her for the first time, he leaves the prison for four months in order to get over his love for her. He then returns to the prison and asks her to marry him. She doesn't want to agree because she's in love with some other boy outside the prison, but she says yes. The guard effortlessly brings her outside the prison for various day trips ~ eg. to see the new house he bought for her, and moves her from the dormitory she shares with 50 other prisoners into a private cell. There are other events that play like a movie - a fellow prisoner she befriends is taken away to be executed. She hands the auther her belongings, asking her to give them to her parents. The author stands in the room, motionless, clutching the belongings and watches as the friend is taken away. She hears the gunshots shortly thereafter. I could see the movie scene playing in my mind as I read these passages. My gut feeling is some of the events did happen ~ perhaps the author did spend time in the prison, however it seems a lot of the events have been "creatively embellished" (made up entirely?) and dramatized.
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