Back in the 90’s, the corrupt post-Soviet Ukraine with its faltering economy, is thrown into a devastating depression. Times are hard. Opportunities are scarce.
Three eager young sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia - dream of a better life and weigh their options: do they stay and struggle like their parents, or join scores of their compatriots in the sex trade in glittering western European cities, who earn in a night what they’d take several months to earn at home? Naive and tempted by the allure of 'quick' money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever...
Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions?
Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions?
How far are they willing to go to make a buck?
Inspired by real-life events, Twisted is a fascinating New Adult SUSPENSE THRILLER about vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade...
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What a Twisted Ride!
I was attracted by the book’s blurb and I hadn’t the slightest clue of what I was going to encounter. The title itself describes the book in a nutshell.
The story follows Julia and her sisters Lena and Natalia. After the fall of the Soviet Union, they find themselves poverty stricken and in desperate need of making some easy cash. Lena and Natalia leave first and Julia, lured about making easy money, shortly follows her sisters in the sex trade. Easy money but of course, nothing in life is easy.
There were many “ugh” moments and certain parts of the novel that were so raw and gritty that I actually didn’t want to continue reading it. I had to put the book down and absorb what I just read, hoping to make sense and to understand why anyone would put themselves in that situation. Yet, the more I read, the more I understood and actually found myself rooting for the sisters to find a way to free themselves of what they had to go through.
The writing was easy to read and the story moved smoothly. The scenes to be so graphic that I felt the main purpose was to put perspective on how dark this type of profession is/was for those out there living it. The author’s first language isn’t English (basing this on the fact that the novel is based on real life experiences) so I was impressed with how easy it was to read. Again, some scenes were graphic yet necessary to accurately describe this life to those from the outside, looking in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Her debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival’s Annual Competition and took 3rd place at The Drunken Druids International Book Award 2014.
Now living in South Africa, Lola is about to release her second novel – a sequel to Twisted – Craved, which proves just how many fascinating stories she has to share about the ordinary women in the global sex industry.
AUTHOR LINKS: Webpage | Twitter @AuthorSmirnova