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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,577 ratings  ·  316 reviews
What if you could get away with murder?

Single mom Kristy Tucker works as press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections - handling everything on death row, from inmate interviews to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it's one that's beginning to take its toll.

So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son'
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Published August 8th 2017 by Century
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!

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How far would you go to protect your family? Would you kill to protect them?

“The Walls” makes you consider the answers to those questions.

Kristy Tucker’s job is watching people die. That’s a blunt way of putting it and it’s definitely not the only part of her job, but it’s the part that really stands out. The people she sees put to death are all convicted killers, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Kristy h
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Psychological thriller about a woman who must choose whether or not to become a murderer.

Kristy Tucker is faced with this conundrum in The Walls. She can either remain in an abusive marriage or she can take the only way out that she can see, which is by killing her husband. Making this even more complicated is the fact that Kristy works as public information officer at “The Walls,” the place where Death Row inmates are executed. Part of Kristy’s job is to mediate between the inmates
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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How does love turn so quickly into something ugly and evil?

Kristy is a young, single mother with her hands full. She is raising her son Ryan while also caring for her ailing father. Kristy also works full time at the local prison as their public relations liaison for the inmates on death row.

When her son’s karate coach, Lance enters their lives he seems to fit in so perfectly and become the final piece to their family puzzle. Could everything stay this perfect forever? Of course not!

This is a v
Sarah Joint
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great plot!!! I was very anxious while reading this book, pausing was necessary a few times, I kept trying to guess the outcome. Somebody make a movie out of this book!!’ And ask for my input on who to cast, please. Thank you.
Krystin Rachel
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I'm on the fence about this one.

I feels like it doesn't really know what it wants to be - A domestic thriller? Or a contemporary drama?

It touches on a lot of heavy subjects - domestic abuse, the justice system, the morality of the death penalty, wrongful convictions, motherhood and family and guilt and self preservation. But it lacks the depth and analysis to be an emotional drama. And it's missing the suspense and sinister atmosphere to be a thriller. Ultimately, it lea
Susanne  Strong
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.75 Stars* (rounded up).

Kristy is a hard working single mom. She has always worked hard to provide for her son Ryan and for Pops, her ailing father - and her job isn’t one Ryan approves of - in fact he despises it. The thing is, she’s a single mom and kind of got stuck working after getting pregnant in high school. As for her job? It can’t be that be that bad, right?! Wrong. She works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections and also oversees the executions of everyone on Death
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kirstie had a baby as a teenager and has bought up Ryan on her own with the help of her father Frank. Her work as a Public Information Officer for the Texas Department Of Criminal Justice sees her overseeing the deaths of the prisoners on death row and communicating between the press, staff and the prisoners, not Kirstie’s dream job!!

When she meets Ryan’s martial arts instructor Lance, there is an instant attraction and they are soon married. Sadly this is no fairytale, happily ever ending, as K
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I thought this book was excellent and couldn’t put it down. This was a unique story about single mom, Kristy Tucker, who works with death row inmates. Kristy meets her son’s Martial Arts instructor, Lance Dobson, who sweeps her off her feet. It isn’t until after the wedding that she learns she has married a monster.

This book kept my attention from the first page right through to the last page. As well as the main story, there was a friendship that developed between Kristy and a death
Karen R
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I began reading this book without knowing the storyline, reading it because of author name recognition. I enjoyed Hollie Overton’s first novel Baby Doll and a tv show she collaborated on, Cold Case.

32-year old Kristy Tucker is a public information officer for the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice, handling communications for the “The Walls”, the ‘most active death chamber in the country”, as the conduit between death row inmates and the press. Despite her criminal behavior expertise, Kristy, doesn
Zuky the BookBum
May 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017, dnf
DNF @40%

I am all too aware that my criticism of this book is going to be way more brutal than the average reader, but that's down the fact that I hated Baby Doll, Overton's debut novel, and so reading this one, I've automatically picked up on things I've disliked. But I'm glad I didn't continue to read this one.

What I couldn't get past was how unbelievable the relationship with Kristy and Lance was, right from the start. He shows up at her door in the evening, after one conversation... which is
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A COMPLETELY solid 4/5 ⭐️ for this intense book!

You can tell I liked this one since I read it basically in 1 day. I should also note that this was the first book I have read by Hollie Overton.

I had read the blurb for The Walls awhile back and put it on my TBR list, but when I started it I hadn't read the blurb again and pretty much went into it blind (which I actually really like to do). Low and behold, it was yet another d
Erin Clemence
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Book Group for an advanced electronic ARC of this novel, in exchange for an honest review.
“The Walls” is a suspense-fueled, gripping read, by the author of the bestselling novel, “Baby Doll”.
Kristy Tucker works at a prison, in public relations, almost exclusively with death row inmates. She sees death every day, and the justices and injustices that exist within a very flawed system. Although the job is emotionally draining, Kristy is happy to have a job that su
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The Walls is one of the hardest books this year for me to review because I've had a hard time fully accepting the storyline. But, at the same time was it awfully thrilling to read when everything started to happen. To be honest, did I right from the start feel some hesitancy towards this book. The blurb gives away way too much of the plot, and it was pretty obvious what would happen. And, I just didn't connect at first with the story and its characters. But, I loved Baby Doll, the author's debut ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*4.5 stars
In April of this year I read Hollie Overton’s debut thriller, Baby Doll. Many books later, I can still attest to this book remaining my favourite thriller of the year. My excitement at the release of Overton’s second novel in August saw me order this book as soon as I could. When it finally arrived on my doorstep, I literally ripped open the packaging and began reading it immediately. In less than 24 hours I was done with The Walls and my verdict o
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
'The Walls' is the new novel by best selling author Hollie Overt who previously wrote the novel 'Baby Doll'.
This is the sort of book that gets the reader thinking with its range of topics such as the death sentence, domestic abuse and single parents. Single parent Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections and deals with everything on death row from inmate interviews, to recording the last moments during an execution. Her job certainly exposes Kristy to the wors
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The walls by Hollie Overton is the second book I read by this author (baby doll is the first) I thought the first was great but she just gets better.
The walls kind of start's as a romance in a way and then turns into a heart pounding thriller which does keep you on the edge and guessing.
It also has many important elements in this story one being death row, domestic abuse and murder and it does in away make you think about each and every one.
Putting that a side this is a brilliant thriller which
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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There are plenty of psychological thrillers on the market that deal with domestic abuse and I’ve read a large majority of them, so I’m always looking for something that makes a story “unique”, a book that stands out from the crowd. The Walls connection to death row makes this book original and I really had high hopes for the latest book by Hollie Overton as it’s a book that explores domestic violence, the morality of murder and how far o
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5-4 stars, rounding up

I very much enjoyed Baby Doll by Hollie Overtonso I was very excited to see that she had a new book coming out. My review of Baby Doll can be found here: 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
Mandy White
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved Baby Doll by Hollie Overton and could not wait to read this. I wasn't too sure about it to begin with but I am glad that I stuck with it as I loved it. It was an intense story which covers a lot of dark subjects.

Kristy Tucker has always been a single mum , with a job that has her dealing with the most disturbing criminals in Texas. She is the press agent for the Department of Corrections and works the inmates on death row right up to their execution. She meets Lance Dobson, her sons mart
Todd Simpson
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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, especi ...more
Kim Ebner
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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I was really confused about how to rate this book, and what my review would say. Even though I finished the book a few days ago, I needed time to think through it. I didn't know whether to give a a 3 star or a 4 star review.

On the one hand, I found this book very entertaining, easy to read, I loved the subject matter and the questions raised around the death penalty, the fact that with the death penalty there is always the possibility
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5* --> 3

I found the premise of The Walls incredibly intriguing, thinking this would make one heck of a domestic thriller. There are so many of them around lately, it takes something special to stand out from the crowd and the blurb promised that uniqueness. Yet there was a very slow and long build-up that had me anxiously waiting for something, anything (!), to actually happen.

By far the most interesting bits for me were the circumstances of Clifton Harris, a man on death row who was convicted
This one has an interesting concept that makes one question how far they would go in order to protect their family.

Kristy is a single mother to Ryan, also taking care of her sick father and working a full time job on death row. She meets her son's martial arts instructor Larry, which turns into a romantic relationship and eventually marriage. But what happens when you learn you've married a monster?

How far will Kristy go to protect her family?

I enjoyed how suspenseful the novel was. This was my
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
210 minutes ago I started to read The Walls. I was pretty much hooked from the first few pages, and have not stopped reading it until I have just now come to the end of the book.

Completely unputdownable it has taken me on a journey that at times were plain scary and others I was choked up with emotion.

It tells the story of something that no-one should have to go through and just what happens when you reach the end of your tether. What grabbed me even more than the shocking story between Kristy
3.5 Stars. Our main character Kristy, a single mom, works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections, taking care of everything on Death Row, from interviewing inmates to handling details of an execution. Working in the enviornment that she does, she witnesses some of the worst people one might encounter. When she meets her son's martial arts instructed, Lance, she thinks she has found her happy ending, only to discover that he really is an abusive monster. With her knowledge of th ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for death row inmates. It’s herself, her teenage son and her dad. She gets closer to death row inmates than others. She’s also there for the executions. I got really close to Kristy and her family. With the closeness came a protectiveness. After reading the book I’m sure you’ll feel the same.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Walls is another book which has been on my Netgalley list for far too long, but WOW, it was most definitely worth the wait! What a compelling story! I read and enjoyed Baby Doll some time ago, so I was keen to add The Walls to my TBR list. I have not been disappointed. I’m just sorry it’s taken me this long for it to reach the top of my list.
Kristy is a single mother, having had her son in her teens, and has built a career as a press agent, working with convicted criminals on death row. Her
Kat Dietrich
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Walls by Hollie Overton is a psychological thriller.

My Synopsis:
Kristy Tucker has worked on death row as a public relations officer for many years. It was supposed to be a stepping stone, but she never left. She makes good money, and is raising her teenage son Ryan alone, while looking after her father whose health is poor. She works closely with the media and the inmates who want to tell their story before execution.

Kristy’s son is a bit of a nerd, who decides to take Judo lessons to b
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Hollie Overton is a TV writer and producer. She has written for Shadowhunters, Cold Case, and The Client List, Hollie's debut thriller, BABY DOLL is an international bestseller and was published in eleven countries. Her 2nd novel, THE WALLS will be released Aug. 2017. An identical twin, Hollie grew up in Kingsville, Texas but now resides in LA with her husband and rescue dog Stevie.

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“Kristy used to wonder how the family had missed the signs that Marcus was unstable, the things he said, the things he did; but then she thought of Lance. She had taken his protectiveness in those early months as considerate. She had believed the stories he told her about his fight training, thinking he wanted to use it to empower people, when really it was about dominating. Love blinds us all, she thought. No matter how much she loved Lance, she couldn’t seem to live up to his expectations.” 1 likes
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