Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Fiction Reads: A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer is a thriller. A racy read, it is a novel based on a man’s journey and his search for justice. Danny Cartwright, the protagonist of the story has been accused of stabbing his best friend, Bernie Wilson outside a pub. They were out to celebrate the engagement of Cartwright and Beth, Bernie Wilson’s sister. While all evidence accusingly points at Cartwright for being the murderer, there are people such as Beth and her mother and his lawyer, Alex Redmayne who believe in his innocence; yet it has not been proven.

Cartwright decides against appealing on charges of manslaughter. He is marched off to the infamous Belmarsh Prison for twenty two years. Here he meets two prisoners, Nicholas Moncrieff and Albert Crann or Big Al. In the meantime, Beth is pregnant with Danny’s child. This is when the story gains momentum.

As always, Archer’s gift at storytelling is brilliant. A Prisoner of Birth is riveting and the plot is brilliant. There is a lot of optimism that runs all along in the story.

(Review by Kabita Sonowal)

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