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Publisher's Summary

Previously published as You'll Never See Daylight Again.

The gritty prison memoir of Michaella McCollum, one half of the infamous 'Peru Two', imprisoned in a Peruvian jail for attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine from Peru to Madrid in August 2013.

She was just a regular girl, spending the summer working at a bar in Ibiza, until she was approached by a man who asked her if she'd like to make some quick, easy money...and it would change her life forever. This is the truth of her time in prison, told through her own diaries and letters to her mother, family and friends, recounting tales of vicious guards, psychotic inmates and horrendous prison conditions.

A brilliantly affecting tale of a naïve young girl who starts out in the Ibiza party scene and comes of age in the dark heart of Peru, before finally emerging into the sun a stronger, more confident, mature young woman.

Coming soon to BBC Three - High, a documentary about Michealla's arrest, conviction and time in a South American prison.

©2019 Michaella McCollum (P)2019 Bonnier Books Ltd

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Great story!

I absolutely love this book. It was such a good, honest, heartbreaking, loving, cleverly written true story about how one mistake can change your life and the ones you love forever. Michealla keep her wits about her to prevent herself from getting caught up in the whole toxic prison web and not to be consumed in the abyss of it all. A Great story of a courageous young woman surviving in such a corrupt system where females sell themselves to keep themselves alive.
Maeve Smith was amazing how she narrated this book, I take my hat off to her in fact I had to double check to see if it wasn’t Michaella McCollum reading the book, as she read it like she had gone through this whole saga herself. I would love to know what other stories she narrates as she was brilliant.

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great read

was so detailed, the book actually took you inside that prison, you just hang off every word

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Engrossing, turbulent and poignant

An amazing story! So many different themes. An amazing woman with a great story. I would definitely recommend

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Astounding story, excellent narration

Loved the writing and narration, couldn't stop listening. Michaela is honest, gritty and brave in telling her story.

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She turned her life around!

Well done Michaella. You turned your life around.

Recommend this story to the empathetic and the young.

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Excellent all round!

Michaella’s story is something that happens way too often….she explains life in court and prison as it is in some countries….it must have been a horrific time for her….absolutely horrendous!! She is definitely one strong lass to have even come out of those places sane!! Honestly? I wouldn’t have lasted the first night….not a chance!!

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Great book

A book of survival. Do the crime, Do the time and time they did. prisons in other countries are not pretty and it's time people realised this point. They did what they had to do to survive and a they have made the most of their chances. a great book

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fantastic listen

loved it. great listen and interesting story . A must listen for all 😁

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an easy listen

good to listen to while gaming or driving, doesn't require too much focus.
listened to after watching Dopesick, addiction wasn't the main topic, more just about the process of being a young drug mule and her life as an inmate in Peru.

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  • 24-04-2022

Well written great narration

I recommend it.
I was especially impressed with the narration. Lots of different accents that were done very well. I thought it was read by the author at first.
I didn’t know about the religious prejudice in Ireland and I’d like to learn more.
The stories of the prison and the system were eye opening.
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I appreciate her sharing her story!

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  • 26-06-2020

Boring...Self Pitying...AVOID !

Ok...let me start by saying that had I purchased this title full price, or wasted a credit on it..I would have been getting a refund, but as it was only £3...i'll accept the loss.
Other than killing a few hours of boredom during Covid lockdown, there is nothing good to say about this book !

When you are dumb enough to try to smuggle Kilos of class A drugs internationaly to South America, don't whinge when you get caught and jailed ! It is just a pity that the author wasn't made to serve her entire sentence....for stupidity !

So...in my opinion, there are far better prison memoirs out there...dont waste your time or cash on this self- pitying rubbish.

And not knowing where Peru was.......oh dear !

The only plus is that narrator did her best with what she had had to work with.





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  • john ford
  • 04-12-2019

Better out there!

Given the topic this should have been better than it is. The story starts off well however quickly becomes a constant plea for sympathy which is very irritating. The author is constantly blaming everyone else for her predicament and so full of self entitlement it takes any enjoyment away from what could have been a good listen. AVOID there’s much better out there

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  • MISS V WRIGHT
  • 22-09-2021

Well performed nonsense

Nothing but a pity party from a willing drug smuggler. It gets one star for Story as it is literally that; a work of fiction. Contradictions throughout, written in a state of perpetual victimhood. If your story isn't straight when it's in a published book, you can hardly expect anyone to take you seriously. Well performed by the narrator, I would listen to more from her but if you are looking for an insightful and accurate true crime account, don't bother. Not even for free!

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  • 05-11-2019

Interesting Listen

Interesting listen, it's always horrible to hear how people are treated in some foreign prisons and what they have to do to survive. However the only sympathy I had was for the family of Michaella and not Michaella herself and I found on occasions throughout the book, the way it was told or come across was that I was listening to the story of an innocent person who had been wrongly imprisoned, not that of a guilty person who knowingly smuggled drugs. There is only so much you can pity yourself In a situation you put yourself in, knowing the risks and what could happen.

#JUSTSAYNO
#DONTDOTHECRIMEIFYOUCANTDOTHETIME
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  • Londongirrrl
  • 02-11-2021

AVOID!!

Thank God I did not pay for this book. I can see why it is free. I have stuck with it for 13 chapters and am now stopping. For a young woman who knowingly tried to smuggle millions worth of cocaine she has absolutely no remorse. The sense of entitlement from the author is so off putting. She even takes offence to photographers making money from a photograph taken of her but no thought to the €20,000 she tried to make by smuggling class A drugs. This is when I stopped listening....

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  • E. M. Connolly
  • 04-10-2021

not great

started bad and got worse, definitely not for me, I found the self pity and contradiction hard to listen too. The narration was very good mind you

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  • didier m.
  • 04-02-2021

stopped after 5hours

Absolutely horrible. This book is written to stay in the spotlight.. not even telling the story appealing to listen to.

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  • Kate Lawson
  • 02-11-2021

All the depth of a puddle

I couldn’t listen to anymore and had to stop halfway, awful tone tone throughout like written by an 8 year old. I’ve listened to 8 chapters and it’s a stream of whining about victim status and devoid of any self reflection and insight, sadly this book has the depth of a puddle.

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  • Amazon buyer
  • 21-04-2020

Uncomfortable read.

Michaella didn’t come across well at all. I wanted to give up half way but persevered, out of curiosity. Her sense of entitlement annoyed me. I’d be interested to hear Melissa’s side of things as she wasn’t painted well in this.

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  • dumb blonde
  • 07-03-2020

fantastic

forget pre conceived ideas about these 2. makes a great listen and gripping story. very well written

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