On the Line by Alice Vinten #BookReview @TwoRoadsBooks @AVintenAuthor

on the line

Author: Alice Vinten

Genre: Memoir

Format: Paperback 352 pages

Release Date: 18 April 2019

Publisher: Two Roads 

My thanks to the publisher for the advanced readers copy provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Welcome to London. Population: 8.7million. And it’s your job to keep them safe.

A no-holds-barred account of life on the front line of policing, On the Line follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to constable. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything in between, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it means to look after it.

My Thoughts

I am hugely interested in reading books that give accounts of things, places, etc that I will never experience which is the main reason I was so interested to read and review this book. Although I myself have never been a police officer, I have worked with some and also know quite a few who have left the profession. 

The author’s account of her ten years working within the Metropolitan Police is a frank account of what life is like as a police officer. What’s really interesting to read as well is the author’s account of what it’s like to be a woman working within this profession, and even more so, what it’s like to be a mother. The police is, and always has been, a very male dominated profession and I can only imagine that you more often than not have to have very broad shoulders indeed to survive. 

I read this book in two days flat and upon finishing each chapter I couldn’t wait to turn the page and see who Alice would face next. I’ve always respected what police officers do and quite often what they have to give up in order to do this job and this book reinforces everything I feel. I could have read a further 350 pages of Alice’s accounts as I’m sure there are more. A very entertaining and honest read which I would not hesitate to recommend. 

About the Author

Alice Vinten lives near the sea, in Essex, with her two sons. She spent ten years as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service, before resigning in order to pursue her dream of becoming a professional writer. She is fascinated by the gritty underbelly of London life, and the melting-pot of characters caught within it; the stories and experiences that heavily influence her writing.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review, Laura. I have this one but just haven’t been able to get to it yet. Looking forward to it though.

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    1. I bumped it up my list as I really needed a different kind of read from a psychological thriller. That’s all I seem to read at the moment!

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