Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: Lost Innocence by Simon Palmer

*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads
~Synopsis~

Michael, an artist charged with a crime he claims he didn’t commit, and John, a self-confessed heroin smuggler, are brought together in the primitive and over-crowded prison infamously known as the BANGKOK HILTON. Michael fights for his freedom, while John, resigned to his fate, wants only to regain his dignity. Michael's grandfather, a once brilliant lawyer, is brought out of retirement and flies to Bangkok to fight a case in a city where justice is bought and sold to the highest bidder and corruption is the oil that greases the wheels in the Land of Smiles. 

Running out of time and unable to find the only witness, he searches for another way to succeed in what seems a hopeless case. 


Meanwhile, in order to survive the most appalling conditions in jail, Michael and John must make the best of a dire situation as they wait for their separate fates to be decided. Will justice be served or will they see out the next ten years in that hell-hole of a prison?

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK

~My 3.8 Review~

Disclaimer- I was given a copy of Lost Innocence by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Lost Innocence is the first part of a story set in Thailand. We join Michael in a Bangkok prison. From reading Lost Innocence I have certainly been given a lasting idea of the lives these inmates endured within the prison.

We learn that Michael is there due to a claim that he has raped and beaten an underage Thai girl. Michael says that he was only sketching the girl, and he remembers her leading him to his bed where he fell asleep without touching the girl.

Michael's options are slim, he can pay a substantial amount of money to be released or he can stay in prison and await a trial. Michael chooses to stay in prison and fight the charges; which leads to his father and grandfather coming out to Thailand too.

Can they prove Michael's innocence?

This is my first book by Simon that I've read and the first on this subject. After talking to Simon on Facebook I was intrigued and decided to try it. I have enjoyed reading something so different. The book was full of details and this helped me to picture the scenes in my own head.

Simon has done a grand job of transporting me into the heart of this story. I can honestly say that I felt as though I was experiencing the hell of prison with Michael.

Michael's father; Stan, and Grandfather; Nigel, appear to have a strained relationship but I'm unsure why; maybe this needs a little bit of a back-story; unless its in part 2.

There is also some swapping between first and third person narrative which doesn't quite work for me personally, especially as the first person tends to be Michael who is stuck in prison, so isn't the main character all the way through.

Simon has paid attention to detail throughout and his descriptions of some events are detailed and in-depth. Aside from my uncertainty over Stan and Nigel's relationship and the first/third person narrative, this is a good book and a really good place to start.

I have enjoyed reading Lost Innocence and I will read the next installment to see how things pan out for Michael.

~About The Author~

Simon Palmer is a screen-play writer and author who currently resides in Bangkok. He spent months researching his debut novel and visiting the 'Bangkok Hilton' where he met Mitchell Blake, an Australian inmate who was serving a life sentence for smuggling drugs. 

Mitchell advised Simon to dig deeper into the conditions of the prison and shared with him the darker sides of life inside the 'Bangkok Hilton.'


But this debut novel is not just a story of life inside the prison. It also shares experiences of what goes on in Bangkok; on the streets and the corruption of the Thai police.

~Places To Find The Author~

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