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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Blog Tour & Review: Bad Girls by Gemma Rogers


Bad Girls
by Gemma Rogers

No Body. No Crime. No Time.

Can you ever escape your past?

Fresh out of prison, Jess Strickland has just six months’ probation to serve until she's free to get on with the life, she left behind 4 years ago.

With few options available, Jess takes a job at Bright’s’, an industrial laundry company alongside other ex-cons, all eager to keep their noses clean.

Here she finds an ally in Karla but soon learns her new boss Terry, is not all he seems.

Realising she’s no safer on the outside Jess refuses to be a victim any longer.

How far will she go to avoid going back to prison?


Gemma Rogers was inspired to write gritty thrillers by a traumatic event in her own life nearly twenty years ago. Stalker was her debut novel and marked the beginning of a new writing career. Gemma lives in West Sussex with her husband, two daughters and bulldog Buster.


My Review:

It's not easy coming back into the world after 4 years in jail for killing your best friend's boyfriend, being sanctioned to a laundry facility for the duration of her probation. But it's better than still being inside... isn't it?  It would be if the boss wasn't taking advantage of her (and the rest of the girls) predicament.

This is a solid thriller that I found on the light side despite the subject matter.  I never really felt invested in the characters but was still curious how they were going to navigate what happens very early on.  This kind of reminded me of a Lifetime movie (no shade, I LOVE Lifetime movies).  Some things didn't quite make sense but then Bright's full of ex-cons who don't make the best decisions.  There are a few twists and turns which you'll likely figure out as you go along, but there was one scene between Jess and Karla that did touch my heart.  Dammit.

I do like the author's writing style - she keeps you engaged and it's a fast read that will surely keep you entertained. If you like life after prison stories laced with blood and blackmail, add this to your TBR.


Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for this copy and stop on the blog tour.

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