Twisted by Lola Smirnova
Series: Twisted, book #1
Genre: dark, suspense thriller
Back in the 90s, 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…
What appealed to me about this story is that it’s inspired by real life. This book gives a glimpse into their lives. Their dreams, their aspirations, their choices and their consequences. Dreams of a better life but when the potential to earn bucket loads of money through prostitution gives the means to the end. This story is fast paced and brutal in many areas.
Life was hard, SO hard in that country and I can see the appeal but my heart broke for these three girls. Some have blinders on, others don’t. They all suffer a cruel fate.
The honesty within this book needs to be applauded.
I was given a free copy of this book for my honest opinion.