She’s Out

She’s Out pleasantly surprised me. It mainly follows Dolly Rawlins, convicted for the murder of her husband, mobster Harry Rawlins, as she’s released from prison. Her fellow recently released prisoner Ester gets wind of Dolly’s release and gets a crew of former inmates together to welcome Dolly, and subsequently, plot to get a cut of the diamonds she’s rumored to have stashed.

The book is fast-paced and not overly predictable. The plot changes gears a number of times, and just when you think you know where it’s going, it switches again. The premise reminded me of the Ocean’s series. I liked the style and how it alternated perspectives between each of the women involved. 

Going into the book I was unaware that it had previously been a tv series in the 1980s. It was recently reworked as a novel by author Lydia LaPlante.

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