A dark past. A terrifying secret. A deadly game is about to begin . . .
Washed-up author Rufus Orton needs money. It's the main reason he takes the gig teaching creative writing to inmates at HMP Holderness. That, and the flattery of prison officer Annabeth Harris, who contacted him out of the blue and begged him to take the job.
Annabeth loves Rufus' work. Genuinely. She loves being a prison officer too. But Annabeth is keeping a secret. Fifteen years ago she did something bad, and if it ever comes out, her new, perfect life will be destroyed.
HMP resident Griffin Cox has no black marks against his name. He claims he's been wrongly convicted of the sex offence that put him in prison. He's lying. He has a plan - and everything hinges on him securing a place in the classroom with Rufus and Annabeth. It's only then that the game can begin . . .
Dark, twisted and gripping, CAGES is an addictive psychological thriller from a "master" of the genre (Kirkus Reviews). If you enjoy disturbing, charismatic criminals like Hannibal Lector and Patrick Bateman, you'll love Griffin Cox.
In this intermittently suspenseful psychological thriller from Mark (the Aector McAvoy series), Annabeth Harris, who was troubled as a teenager, years later shares a home with her teenage son in Yorkshire and has a good job as a prison guard at HMP Holderness. However, she's hiding a terrible secret that's not so subtly suggested in the prologue. Annabeth invites alcoholic author Rufus Orton, of whom she's an avid fan, to teach a creative writing course at Holderness, and since Rufus is desperate for money, he accepts. Prisoner Griffin Cox, who's serving time for abducting a teenage girl and the prime suspect in the disappearance of several missing people, is intent on enrolling in Orton's class. Cox plans to use Orton to escape and get back to his life's work: murder. But someone else also has a scheme underway and intends to win in what develops into a deranged life-or-death contest. Well-defined characters make up only in part for heavy-handed plotting. Mark has done better.