Sweet Hell on Fire: A Memoir of the Prison I Worked In and the Prison I Lived In by Sara Lunsford

41OIQG10bPL $14.99, 288 pages, Biography

Stories and memories of a former female prison correctional officer from Kansas.

Author’s Website

Herald Standard Review and, Killeen Daily Herald News

This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the real-life work of a prison correctional officer.  Sara Lunsford worked in a Kansas prison and details many graphic stories of life inside medium, maximum and segregated units.  The language is rough and the job is one she is unable to leave at work.  While she succeeds as a well-respected sergeant at work, life at home is anything but successful.  After her marriage fell apart, Lunsford began to drink more and more and see her children less and less.  Desperate to make a change, Lunsford must decide what is truly important in life.

I enjoyed some of the glimpses Lunsford offered into the Kansas prison.  While maintaining a solid work ethic and respect from the inmates, I was frustrated that Lunsford didn’t carry this level of performance over to her personal life.

Appeal Factors: Disturbing, High-Drama, Violent

This book appealed to me as I work in a correctional facility.  Many of the inmates I work with eventually head to prison.  I was able to relate to many of the stories.  I chose the book to learn how the career impacted Lunsford’s personal life.  I found the book at a local bookstore while perusing the true crime section.

Interesting Fact: After leaving life as a correctional officer, Lunsford did begin her career as an author.  Today, she writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and erotica under the name: Saranna Dewylde.

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