By: Hayley Lawrence
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 3 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780143788959


It's not because Bel's mother was murdered.

It's not because her father is a politician.

Bel writes to a Death Row prisoner as an easy way out of an assignment.

But now he's written back.

Drawn to Micah's world inside a Thai prison, Bel finds herself falling for the boy with ragged hair, shackles and a terrible past. But is she setting herself up for more loss? And will loving him mean losing the people who mean the most to her at home?


Bel lives a privileged life at home and at an exclusive Sydney Boarding School. When she has to find a ‘cause’ for a legal studies assignment, she thinks writing to a prisoner on death row will be simple. That is, until she falls in love with him!

This is a beautifully written story of love, loss, friendship and family. Full of characters that will tug at your heartstrings, it also opens your eyes to the highly emotive subject of corporal punishment. The story makes you question how much a life is worth, and whether we should have the power or the right to sentence someone else to death for their crimes.

It is also a story that resonates with themes of family and the power of love.

Best suited to girls in Year 9 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle