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.

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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.

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



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