Book Review & Giveaway: On the Inside by Kim Cano

On the InsideWhen Kristen is sentenced to seventeen years for committing a white collar crime, she’s forced to leave her husband and two sons behind.

Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.

But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.

On the Inside is based on true events, written from the authors own family tragedy.


Since I’ve never been in prison (thank goodness), I don’t know how realistic On the Inside is but it sure could be as described by Kim Cano. She tells a good story and it kept my interest throughout.

The characters were diverse and interesting. After learning their complete stories, it was easy to empathize with them. Ironically, the one person who it was most difficult to empathize with was Kristen, whose crime wasn’t violent or heinous like some of them. The one thing that was disappointing about the characters was that, even though their stories were interesting, I didn’t get invested in them for the most part. There were times (no details because of spoilers) that, as the reader, I could have been heartbroken but the events were told matter-of-factly and it was more like I was on the outside looking in. That did change during the last couple of chapters when I finally did “connect” with Kristen.

I definitely recommend On the Inside. It’s one of those books that is difficult to put down because you want to know what is going to happen to the characters.

Buy the book from….

Barnes and Noble

About the Author

Kim Cano debut novel was A Widow Redefined, which tells the story of a young woman’s journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship.

Kim has also written two animal books: For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12 (also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart) 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

Follow the Author

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads

Follow the Book Tour


I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



1 Winner will receive $20 Amazon Giftcard – Open Worldwide 1 Winner will receive a Signed Book from the author Open US/CA

Ending on Thursday 3rd April at 11.59pm EST

Enter Below and Good Luck !!

Rafflecopter giveaway

6 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: On the Inside by Kim Cano

  1. sharon martin March 7, 2014 / 4:30 am

    Yeap I had a hard time putting this one down, totally loved it and all the characters even Jess lol x


    • sleepygirl2 March 7, 2014 / 7:24 am

      It’s funny that you mention Jess. When she was first introduced I really thought I wasn’t going to like her but what a change in character! Pretty clever writing.


  2. Kim Cano March 7, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Thanks for your review. Oddly enough my real life sister-in-law is hard to connect with too. I know her better now that she’s locked away than when we spent twenty years of our lives together. That doesn’t make sense to me. Anyway, Jess ended up being my favorite character in the end.


    • sleepygirl2 March 7, 2014 / 8:45 am

      You’re welcome for the review. I’m glad I got the chance to read your book. You’re a great storyteller! The characters are all so different it’s hard to pick a favorite. Even thought I ended up liking Jess I think my favorite would have to be Abigail.


      • Kim Cano March 7, 2014 / 9:00 am

        That’s nice to hear. Starting out I spent a lot of time discussing her with my editor. She was my biggest challenge. I had a lot of fun with Lupe. Some of her “adventures” were things that happened to my brother in real life. I figured why not use them in a story. I still get a kick out of the flip flop incident at the grocery store. Hanging out with my brother is like hanging out with Lupe. 🙂


      • sleepygirl2 March 8, 2014 / 9:36 pm

        I bet you have a blast with your brother! They say writing about what you know is best…it seems to have worked for you.


Comments are closed.