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On My Life

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it...

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who'd hurt her if they knew what she's accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Mulholland Books UK (first published July 11th 2019)
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*4.5 STARS *

I have the sweats just thinking about how horrific it must be, to be wrongly accused of the most heinous act, knowing that you’re completely innocent. This is the situation that Jenna finds herself in. Her liberty, which she took very much for granted, is gone, and whilst awaiting trial in prison, her every movement is monitored, she’s told what to do and when she can do it. In addition, there are prisoners who would happily hurt her if they knew what she’s been accused of. Her 14 y
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts in a nutshell
Wow, I enjoyed it! I haven't read such spine-chilling book as this one for a long time.

The story is about…
Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek.
Jenna has a happy life. She is a member of a loving family, and she has a perfect fiance. Then Jenna was arrested for what she didn't commit. She has to survive in prison and found out what happened that day.

What impressed me the most 😊
I love this book's atmosphere so much! The majority of the plot takes plac
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you start a book and wonder if you have chosen well, you feel a bit restless at your choice...and other times within the first few sentences you KNOW you have a gem in your hands...this book was one of those...
Jenna has a perfect life, a loving fiancé, appreciative soon to be step daughter, wealth, great job..nothing could be better or go wrong.....
We meet Jenna as she is being carted off in a prison van,accused of murdering the soon to be step daughter and her fiancé....oh and to boot
 Li'l Owl
A Riveting Read with a Stunning Conclusion!

I am covered in her blood. Her hair is caught between my fingers. Her blood is in my hair. I can smell her. Coconut shampoo, vanilla body spray, wet metal.
Robert is missing. I don’t know where he is.
I don’t know what happened.
I only know one thing.
I didn’t do this.

On My Life by Angela Clarke is a fast paced, tension filled book with a completely unique story unlike anything I've ever read before. The experience that Jenna found herself in is
Mandy White
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have heard so much about this book through my various social media sites that I was desperate to read it. And having read previous books by Angela Clarke I knew that I would be in for a treat - and I was not wrong. This book was amazing and I would have read it in one go if real life hadn't gotten in the way. I was instantly hooked from the opening pages - I loved it! It was very well researched and that came through in the writing. And that twist - I was gobsmacked!!

Jenna's life has it all -
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was quite apprehensive about picking this up due to the hype surrounding it but it actually deserves the noise it's generating. I was riveted after the first few pages and the short, snappy chapters created a momentum which propelled me through. The tension builds and builds with each turn of the page but the story is actually more profound and thought-provoking than just a simple thriller.

At its heart, this is novel about the state of the justice system and the fact that it is fallible. You a
Angela Marsons
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I made the mistake of starting this book a couple of days before moving house. Consequently I didn't want to pack, I didn't want to organise and throughout the move I had to know where this book was at all times (given the thousands of books we moved this was no mean feat). But, I had to know where it was so that as soon as I had a moment I'd be able to grab it and just carry on reading. From the very first page I was totally hooked and when not reading it I was thinking about it. Jenna's story ...more
The Book Review Café
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️ Hells bells what an exciting and engrossing read On My Life by Angela Clarke turned out to be. If you love a prison drama, then look no further, it’s definitely dramatic, the vivid prison scenes depicted by the author give a sense of malevolence that radiate from its pages, it’s a book that’s fraught with tension. The author’s depiction of HMP Fallenbrook is so convincing it doesn’t take much imagination to sense the claustrophobic feel of the prison, the constant noise, the lack of priva ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very intense and detailed look inside life in a prison. The suspense never leaves until the very unsuspected end. Very insightful and worrying as well. Also a very clever who-dunnit.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent. I was so engrossed in it from start to finish. The story was heartbreaking and it made the perfect thriller. I felt so bad for Jenna and Kelly for all they went through. I really liked them both and wanted the best for them. It was so well written and so addictive I loved it. I definitely recommend it.
Liz Barnsley
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blimey On My Life is a right rollercoaster ride of a read, pacy yet hugely thought provoking, one of those absolutely RIVETING page turners that swallow up a few hours of your own life.
I loved it and was horrified, emotionally charged storytelling with an unpredictable edge and a twisty bit of truth telling about life behind bars that will stay with you for a long time.
Jenna knows she didn’t commit the crimes she is accused of but proving that to the wider world from a prison cell is almost impo
Julie Parks
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book, but I feel like it was ridiculously predictable. I read a lot of books in this genre, I know, but I knew exactly what kind of a story this was going to be just from the first chapter.
Raise your hands if you're with me!?
I could probably name at least five books with similar twists that came out only last year, but that would mean serious spoilers, so...

On the other hand, Angela Clarke has created a marvelous work of popular fiction highlighting and bringing to attention a ve
Tracy Fenton
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

On My Life by Angela Clarke is a psychological thriller due to be published 7 March 2019 for ebook and 11 July 2019 for paperback by Mulholland Books and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy from Netgalley.

This book has been doing the “social rounds” on Twitter – lots of very lucky and excited authors have been bragging about reading the proof for weeks and when it finally popped up on Netgalley and Steve Cavanagh (author extraordinaire) recommended it on THE Book Club I grabbed a
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know many reviewers highly rated this book but I found it unremittingly bleak and depressing somewhat like the June UK weather. I wasn’t keen on the present tense style throughout and I didn’t find the Then or Now sections of the book very cohesive. I couldn’t relate to the characters either. I probably wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this book and perhaps if I’d read it at a different time I might have rated it more highly.
Adele Shea
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Keeps you guessing until the end.
Jenna arrives home after work to find her stepdaughter stabbed to death. All the evidence points to her being the murderer. How could this be?
Someone is framing her but she can not find out who it is, as she is held on remand in prison.
The only people who know the truth is the murderer, the victim and Jenna's future husband, who just so happens to have disappeared, presumed murdered.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Caroline Mitchell
This is one punchy book! From the very first chapter I was truly captivated by Jenna's sheer terror of the situation she found herself in. Every sense, every emotion, every smell is expertly relayed as you follow her journey into the unknown. The story weaves masterfully between past and present as she pieces the clues together to try and figure out who framed her for the murder of an innocent young girl. Such a crime does not help her popularity in prison, a place where Jenna faces more challen ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Oh my goodness what a brilliant book, it has jumped right into my top ten books of the year.

The writing style was great; it had you guessing what next, it was so descriptive you really did get a sense of who people are and the author has that rare knack of immersive writing where you totally feel like you are in the story, feeling what the characters feel and seeing the world through their eyes.

I honestly couldn’t put it down and so can’t recommend it enough.

After finishing it last ni
Vikki Patis
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've heard so many great things about this book, so I was super keen to pick it up. We are introduced to the framed, imprisoned, pregnant Jenna, who is in prison for killing her stepdaughter and potentially her fiancé, who is missing. Did she do it? Can she find out who did? And can she and her unborn baby survive the terrors of the prison where she's being held?

On My Life is not just a brilliant crime thriller, which throws curveballs and twists at you at every turn, but it is also a poignant
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intensely gripping story, as we discover just why Jenna is in prison, why she is adamant she is innocent, and the events leading up to that fateful night.

What really struck me about this story was how much research the author must have put in, to make account of what happens in jail so vivid, realistic and claustrophobic.

You feel as though you are incarcerated alongside Jenna, although the only difference is as the reader you are yet to be wholly convinced who is guilty, whether it is Jenna
Dave Wheeler
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that grabbed my attention form the start and didn't let go to the end, it Kept me guessing and when I thought I'd worked it out I hadn't but that's surely how a good thriller should be.
Jenna is dating a farmer she met at work only he is a lot more than she first imagined and when she thought all her dreams were coming true a great big hole opens up and tried to swollow her whole and it never looked likely to let her go. Jacob her fiance has disappeared apart from some of his bloo
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling, and deeply compelling, novel set primarily in a women’s prison, where Jenna is on remand, charged with the murder of her fourteen year old, soon to be, stepdaughter Emily.

Jenna seems to have it all, a loving (and rich) fiancé, a job she loves and a lovely home. This all come crashing down when she comes home to find Emily murdered and her fiancé missing. She is charged with Emily’s murder and when child pornography is found on her laptop, this seems to compound her guilt. Jenna kno
After reading the blurb for this book I just knew that i had to read it. Jenna has been accused of a crime she did not commit. How can she prove she is innocent while being incarcerated.
This book gives us a harrowing insight into our prison system. Overcrowding, staffing issues and corruption were all brutally and vividly described. On top of this Jenna is pregnant. This tale is thought provoking and we still have a murder to solve.
This is beautifully written, full of red herrings and her descr
Joanne Robertson
Having read the social media murder books by Angela Clarke I was keen to see how she did with a stand alone thriller. And I’m pleased to report that she has surpassed herself with this terrifyingly brilliant novel that’s part psychological thriller and part prison drama! When Jenna is sent to prison to await trial for the murder of her stepdaughter, she is determined that she won’t go down without a fight against the system. She says she’s innocent but if she is then who did kill Emily and why? ...more
Kelly Young
I loved this book SO much. It was recommended by another author as their favorite unputdownable must read book of 2019 and I knew as soon as I read the description that I wanted to read it! I read so many thriller and suspense books and was starting to feel like I was always just reading a slightly different version of a story I already read in a different book.

The idea of a character getting accused of a crime they didn’t commit, being forced to remain in prison because of laws and legal looph
Elite Group
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Framed………in prison……….pregnant.

Jennifer Burns is charged with the murder of her fourteen-year-old stepdaughter and sent to HMP Fallenbrook to await her trial. Her stepdaughter is dead, her fiancé is missing, and all the evidence points to her. Jenna swears that she is innocent, but nobody is listening because all the prisoners claim innocence. She now has to adapt to the fragile ecosystem of prison life, cut off from everything and everyone she knows. It is like stepping back in time, no mobile,
Donna Hines
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Jenna thought she had the perfect life with her fiance Robert and step daughter.
Now she's facing charges of murder and has just been locked up and is convinced she's not guilty and someone is framing her.
As she navigates the prison life she's in desperate need of med attention as she learns while in prison she's pregnant.
Meanwhile prison life is not for her and the violence, sexual tensions, and threats to her life escalate including a riot.
How this plays out is truly something else!
Thank you to
♣️ Lynda ♣️
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I walked away really impressed!
Being put away for a murder you didn't commit and not having anyone believe you? Terrifying!!
The frustration of trying to contact the outside world (i.e. your lawyer or family) and meeting resistance at every turn.
The apathy of the guards and evil nature of the fellow inmates.
This was chilling and the twist? Amazing!!
Jodie (whatjodiereads)
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I was a little bit nervous to read this one, but only because I loved Angela Clarke’s social media series so much. This one is a bit different to her other books, so I was interested to see what it was like. I was not disappointed by this book! I’ve never read a book like this one before so the storyline is unique to me. I found it really interesting and also informative. It’s obvious that a lot of research has been done to make sure this book is accurate and realistic. I was hooked right for th ...more
Donna Maguire

I loved this story from start to finish!

All the characters were excellent, there was such a wide range of differing personalities too and the interaction was perfect, I had my mouth open in parts nervous in anticipation about what would happen and it was a story that really got under my skin.

The whole book was superbly researched and believable, the whole prison experience was brought life and I can only imagine how terrifying it must be for someone in Jen
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Angela Clarke is an author, playwright, columnist, screenwriter and broadcaster. Her debut crime thriller Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, longlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016. Watch Me is the second instalment in the Social Media Murder Series. Angela’s mem ...more

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