To the teenage mind it might be funny to write a prisoner on death row pretending to be your mother. There is, however, nothing amusing to Charlie, 15, when the killer, who always wrote back and claimed to be innocent, is unexpectedly released and starts dating his mom and spinning an already problematic life in a new, horrible direction. Jerome Pride masterfully voices the rebellious attitude of Chas and his mates, as well as the violence and creepiness muddling the already bleak world for Chas, younger brother of Stephen, the main character of Ally Kennen’s internationally acclaimed debut novel, Beast.
What happens when there's no-one around to tell you when to stop?
When 15-year-old Chas finds a website asking people to write to prisoners on Death Row, he thinks it would be funny to get letters from a murderer. He writes to an inmate, pretending to be his mum. When his new pen-pal is unexpectedly released, Chas' already problematic life spirals horribly out of control...
Chas is the younger brother of Stephen, the hero of Ally's debut novel Beast.