The Walls

The Walls

by Hollie Overton


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A heart-stopping psychological suspense novel about a Texas prison official driven to commit the perfect crime, by the author of the international bestselling thriller Baby Doll.


Working on death row and raising her son as a single mom is tough. When Kristy Tucker meets and falls in love with handsome Lance Dobson, at last she can imagine a better future.

But after their wedding, her life becomes one of constant terror. And as Lance's violence escalates, Kristy must decide how far she will go to save herself—and her son.

The Walls is a riveting thriller about domestic violence, murder, and one woman's desperate gambit to protect her family.


Also by Hollie Overton:
Baby Doll

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316268745
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 291,992
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hollie Overton was raised in Texas, and draws on her unique childhood experiences for inspiration. Her father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, and served time in prison for manslaughter. Hollie is a television writer whose credits include the CBS drama Cold Case and Freeform's Shadowhunters. Her debut novel, Baby Doll, was an international bestseller, and has been translated into eleven languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and rescue dog.

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The Walls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a book with a different storyline and found this one. I highly recommend it. It was interesting and emotional. I look forward to reading another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. A hard book to put down. All the characters were real, and emotions fitting. I find myself skimming parts of books. Not this one. Read every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet, buy it, read it, love it!! Wish I could give it more stars. Highly recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A difficult subject, but very well written. Thoughtful characters and a well paced plot. Very moving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and the outcome. Three cheers to Kristy and her solution to her nightmare.
runnergirl83 11 months ago
Kristy Tucker works on death row, she works in publicity, arranging media interviews with the inmates on death row and answers media questions after an inmate is put to death. It's a hard job, she doesn't care for it, but it pays the bills. Kristy has a teenage son and an ailing father that she takes care of. One day Kristy meets Lance, he seems perfect, she falls in love and they get married. Things soon change after that. He is brutal and mean, snapping at her at the smallest things. She never knows when she will do something wrong. He has charmed everyone else and no one knows this side of him. He is threatening to harm her son or her father if she were to leave him. One of the inmates picks up on the sparkle having left her eyes and that a few weeks ago she was holding her ribs. He mentions an idea of getting rid of him and the idea starts to grow in Kristy's mind. Lance is a monster and she starts seeing the only choice is to murder him. Can she learn from the mistakes that others have made and pull off the perfect crime? I really enjoyed this one. When reading a book, I want to like the main character and be rooting for them. I liked Kristy. She was in a terrible situation and there had to have been someone, such as the police, to turn to for help. However, I wanted her to be able to pull this off and get rid of this scum bag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The wall was excellent book....can't wait for her next book
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
I am a massive fan of crime fiction in all its forms so naturally this appealed to me. What increased that appeal even more was that it took a look at the criminal justice system in general and highlighted how this system is open to exploitation if the person has inside knowledge on how it works. I have experience dealing with the fallout of domestic violence when a friend was going through very rough treatment at the hands of her boyfriend. I enjoyed the fact that the book mainly focused on the impact this has on the victim. I remember learning about Battered Woman Syndrome in law school and found it an interesting concept - this is definitely in play in this book. As the main areas of the book are surrounding domestic abuse and death row this meant that at times it was difficult to read and became an emotional journey for me especially when it reminded me of those I know who have gone through such turmoil at the mercy of others. I appreciated that Kristy was a well developed, strong character and hoped that it would end happily for her. An easily readable style that flowed perfectly and was well judged in terms of pace. Suspenseful, gripping and a page-turning success - I am so pleased I didn't miss this one. Many thanks to Random House UK - Cornerstone/Arrow for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I couldnt set it down! I'm hoping Ms. Overton continues writing as she may be my new favorite author.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
These last few days have been great for me. I read five excellent books in a row. Yay!! And this was just one of them. Single mom, Kristy Tucker, works as a PIO for the Texas prison system. She deals with the worst kind of human beings on a daily basis. Murderers, pedophiles, serial killers, rapists, she has seen and talked with all of them. She also has been single all her life. Her 15 year old son, Ryan, has never known a father. His own or a substitute. When Ryan starts taking martial arts lessons from Lance, he really takes a liking to him. So does Kristy, unfortunately. When Lance's true nature comes out, Kristy has a problem. Lance is an abuser. I almost put the book down during this phase, however, I am glad that I did not. My hatred for Lance was abominable. He was a horrible, horrible man and no one in Kristy's family knew, but her. When she comes up with a way to get rid of him for good, the only way to get him out of her life, she finds much to her dread, I found myself cheering and egging her on. An edge of your seat thriller that I read all in one sitting. Huge thanks to Hatchett Book Group Redbook and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
4840318 More than 1 year ago
3.5-4 stars, rounding up I very much enjoyed Baby Doll by Hollie Overton so I was very excited to see that she had a new book coming out. While I liked Baby Doll better than The Walls, I did enjoy this book and found myself racing to the finish. I had a hard time in the beginning adjusting to the writing style, as it is written in 3rd person and I don’t typically like 3rd person narratives. However, I got past that, I got very invested into Kristy’s story and the speed and tempo of the book really picked up. For my personal taste, I thought there was too much of the story dedicated to the prison processes and procedures and Kristy’s job. I found myself skim reading over much of that because I wanted to get “to the good stuff”. Additionally, I thought the first 30(ish)% was very disjointed and I had to refer back to the blurb several times to remind myself what this book was about and where the story was going. There is a lot of information jammed in up front before you get to the part where Kristy starts to consider “the perfect crime”. With all of that, this book still earned a rounded up rating from me because once the pace picked up, I could not put this book down. And while there weren’t any major twists or “holy cow” moments, the suspense just built and built and provided a very satisfying ending. Which is surprising because after I checked the blurb about 10x, I realized that the blurb gives way too much away. The fact that about 50% of what you need to know is the blurb of the book just proves how good a writer that Overton really is because it did not stop me from staying up past my bedtime to make sure that I finished it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intense family dramas, borderline psychological thriller.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
Amazing. It’s a great sign when all you want to do is read a book and do absolutely nothing else, and ‘The Walls’ is definitely one of those books. I really enjoyed Hollie Overton’s first book ‘Baby Doll’, and this is certainly another outstanding novel. The plot is tense and unpredictable, along with a great group of characters. The Author has that special ability in being able to connect with your emotions when you’re reading the story. I think I went through the full range of emotions, especially anger and sadness. Simply Brilliant. Kristy Tucker has a tough job at the prison as a Public Information Officer. Dealing with inmates on death row on a day to day basis isn’t an easy thing to do. She thought she was a tough woman because of that, and also bringing up her son Ryan without a dad for the past 17 years. Kristy finally thought she had met the right man that she could see herself possibly settling down with. Lance Dobson initially was Ryan’s Judo coach, and he really did seem like the perfect man. It also helped that Ryan and her dad seemed to really like him as well. When cracks did start to appear in their relationship, the only person she could confine in was Clifton Harris, a convicted child killer on death row. Kristy has no idea what to do, after all she does love her husband. I did have to stop myself from turning straight to the end of the book to find out what happens, but I’m glad I held out. A fabulous book with a great ending. Easily worth the 5/5 Star rating.
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
This story touches on a lot of topics. The death penalty, abuse, motherhood, how far one can be willing to go to protect what's theirs, and family. A lot was packed into this book, but it never lost my attention. If I hadn't read the blurb before the book, I still would have known there was something wrong with Lance. Even while he was still wearing the facade of perfect man, I found him to be simply too much. Too generous, too macho, too overbearing. Didn't like him much from the beginning. It's hard for many people to see beyond how a potential romantic partner presents themself in the beginning, and Kristy was no exception. Having birthed her son as a teenager and raised him as a single parent, Kristy also lacked the sort of experience most people have with dating. She didn't stand a chance against the charming, handsome Lance. Kristy works as a public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Death is part of her job. The hardest part is witnessing executions. She also has to mediate between the staff, the prisoners, and the press. It's not a glamorous job, and she never intended it to be her career. The pay supports her little family though. She can't deny that sometimes her job bothers her sometimes, but she does it diligently. Her world is rocked when she actually begins to believe Clifton Harris, a man convicted of murdering his children and sentenced to death, may be innocent. In the beginning of the story, it's just her, her ailing father, and her teenage son. Until Lance worms his way in, using her son to get closer to Kristy. They have a fantastic relationship until they're married and Lance snaps on her one night, smacking her face when she's about to drunkenly smoke a cigarette, which she did very rarely. She's stunned. She tells herself it was one time, one overreaction. He loves her. But it doesn't stop at one time. (Once is too many, anyway.) Her father and son Ryan are blind to his true nature, but he keeps getting worse and worse. She's now terrified of the man she married, for good reason. When she finally decides she's had enough and tells him she wants out, he injures her severely and threatens Pops and Ryan, who mean everything to her. How can she escape without her family getting hurt? Lance is conniving, and has fooled everyone she knows. He's the selfless one, marrying a single woman with a teenage son and caring for him as if he's his own, even kind and charming to her father. She thinks there's no way out that'll guarantee the safety of her loved ones... unless she kills him. Kristy knows what gets murders caught. She knows how they slip up. She thinks she might be able to pull it off... but does she have the strength? I'm not going to lie, the chapters with Clifton were some of my favorite parts. Good people are wrongfully convicted. It happens, the system isn't perfect. I spent the whole book on edge... wondering if he was innocent, and if he'd be saved. Wondering if Kristy could commit murder and get away with it. Intense! The ending wasn't perfect to me, but still earned four stars. I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Hachette Book Group, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.