I love reading jail memoirs. I don’t know why, there’s just something about them that grips me. When I spotted Passport to Hell, I knew I had to add it to my reading list.
Passport to Hell: Back Cover Copy
In 1997, English holiday maker Terry Daniels found herself unwittingly in the middle of a drug bust involving a million pounds worth of cocaine being smuggled to Spain by her companion. After eventually being cleared of any charges she returned home shaken, assuming the nightmare was over – but her troubles had just begun.
Five years after her ordeal, Terry awoke one morning to find anti-terrorist police breaking down her door. She was arrested, extradited, and, in an inexplicably cruel twist of fate, sentenced to ten years in a maximum security Spanish prison.
Passport to Hell is the hard hitting account of Terry’s fight for justice, a page turning memoir of an ordinary woman who survived and eventually triumphed over remarkable misfortune.
Passport to Hell: My Thoughts
Most jail memoirs I’ve read deal with people who have actually committed the crime they are accused of. Terry on the other hand, wasn’t actually guilty of any of the things she’s been accused of.
She didn’t really do herself any favours at some points in her life and she was a bit naïve, but that doesn’t make someone a criminal. And the harsh punishment she was subjected to made my jaw drop at times.
When you read Terry’s story, the injustice of it all will make you really think. If this book was fiction, you would write it off as too ridiculous to actually happen, and the fact it did happen is scary.
It must have started to feel like the whole world was out to get her.
Passport to Hell is a down to earth book that doesn’t hide behind fancy language. It’s written in a tone that makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend.
By the end of the book, I felt sorry for Terry, but even more than that, I felt sorry for her mum. She stood by Terry though everything and it must have been so hard for her both mentally and financially.
Passport to Hell: Conclusion and Rating
Passport to Hell will really make you question the justice system and it will stay with you long after you put it down. 3.5/5
You can get Passport to Hell here.
Have you read Passport to Hell? What did you think? Let me know in the comments 🙂