What scared me most about this book is the thought that it might actually happen!
Set in a world where the justice system has been replaced by a reality TV show- An Eye for An Eye- where viewers vote by phone or text to decide whether criminals live or die (live on TV!), this is an unsettling read. Corruption is rife and humanity is being neglected in the name of 'justice'. Offenders start in cell one and over seven days move from cell to cell as the viewers decide their fate.
The novel follows the fate of Martha, a teenager who admits to killing Jackson Paige, a millionaire well known for his good works. Why would she admit to this crime? What is her relationship with his adoptive son? Was Jackson Paige the man everyone thought he was? Will Martha survive?
The novel is seriously thought provoking, raising the issues of the death penalty, the role of the media in our lives and the privileges money can buy. It doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of this alternate world which parallels our own and is a stark reminder about what could (and does) happen when justice is not justice.
An excellent, absorbing read, I am sure there will be more to come; without wishing to spoil things for anyone, Martha's story can't be left like that!
Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery
Hot Key Books Published Autumn 2016