The blurb of From High Heels to Handcuffs concentrates on the author’s decision to leave a career in marketing in order to enter the police service, but the book itself covers a much wider sphere. It’s an autobiographical work covering much of Goltz’s adult life, with her time at the police academy constituting perhaps a third of the book.
The big appeal of this book is the author’s voice. Chatty and personable, the text reads a lot like you’re sitting down with her and hearing her stories over coffee. It’s this that makes her revelations about her failed marriage personal (rather than accusative) and allows the reader to remain interested in her life, even when it’s one extremely far removed from the reader’s own life.
Goltz is someone who has led a very interesting life (although perhaps lives would be the more appropriate word!) and that makes for an interesting memoir. I would have loved to have read more about her time at the police academy, but understand that it was only one part of the personal journey the book recounts.
The one thing that detracted a little from the over all quality of the book were the occasional grammatical errors that could be found throughout the pages.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)