Book InfoFatal Felons by Elle Thorpe
Series: Saint View Prison #3
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Please note this is the third and final book in a trilogy, and this blurb contains spoilers for books 1 and 2. Start the series with Locked Up Liars, and Solitary Sinners before reading on!
When a judge declared Heath guilty and sentenced him to death row, everything we’d been fighting for went up in flames.
We have no excuses. No appeals. No freedom.
Now, there’s only one way out.
One way left for him to avoid a lethal injection in his arm.
In case you hadn’t guessed from my review of Solitary Sinners, I was absolutely itching to read Fatal Felons and had a few ideas on what I’d like to see included in this book. I’m happy to say that Elle Thorpe did not disappoint when she brought the Saint View Prison trilogy to a close.
Fatal Felons is a hyper-emotional book, dealing with multiple high-stress situations (being charged with murder aside). The story could have gone one of three ways: focusing solely on the action, ignoring the characters feelings and development; zeroing in on the emotions; or striking the perfect balance between the two. Yep, this book took the right path.
Tori was like a dog with a bone when she wanted something. She’d convinced the police to let her and Will into a murder scene when I’d needed her. She might have been tiny, but so were chihuahuas. And everybody knew how crazy they were.
Much like Solitary Sinners, the first chapter of Fatal Felons is a direct continuation from the previous cliffhanger. I would like to say how you’re thrown straight into the action but, spoilers. Instead I will say that the pace doesn’t slow (although it does pause for a while so we can have seggsy time).
Then we head straight into Liam’s story, because he’s not had to ensure anything particularly heavy so far. Combined with the after effects of representing Heath at trial, disturbing revelations about his family tip him over the edge. As painful as it is for his character, and all the others watching him, the ensuing events help to bring him and Heath much closer together. But not before he’s absolutely broken my heart with the expression of his pain.
While he doesn’t necessarily have much to say, a lot of the book focuses on Rowe’s stepson, Ripley, and his integration into their family, along with their fear that he will be taken away by his unhinged biological father. We’ve already learned in the previous books that Mae can’t get pregnant and Liam, especially, sees this as a dream passing him by (although he admits to the guys that he’d rather have Mae than a future without children in it). There are two big moments when the gang think that they’re going to lose Ripley They’re emotionally tough to read and both have you wondering what’s going to happen to their family.
It was a promise to the woman who had loved them first. I would love the last.
Finally, I want to touch upon Tori’s revelation, because it’s not just the big four that get to have the sucker-punching storylines. Without dropping spoilers, I have to say that this discovery was brilliant. Not only was the hideous result of her admission to Will handled well, but it also tied into the whole story arc in a way that I could not have anticipated, even back in book 2.
It’s actually really frustrating not being able to say what I want, just to avoid dropping spoilers, but this book is one that you have to experience without my assistance.
Why you should read Fatal Felons
- Hints dropped in Solitary Sinners turn into shocking revelations
- Vincent’s back!
- If you thought the first two books were steamy, Fatal Felons is gonna blow you away (hint: MMFM)
- Tugs on the heartstrings
Want more from Saint View Prison?
Check out Elle Thorpe’s website for a bonus scene. Make sure you’ve read the book first because the scene does contain spoilers.