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Twisted by Lola Smirnova


by Lola Smirnova

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A story of three sisters in search of a better life. This is one heartbreaking read and it is written exceptionally.

There will be times in this book that you will left in tears, but you will need to keep on reading as the book just pulls you in from each and every page.

A well written and must read. ( )
  Obsessed-by-Books | Dec 24, 2015 |
There's something intriguing about reading sex worker's memoirs. It's dark, fascinating, and impossible to put down. This novel is a fictionalized account of what it takes to "make a living" working in the post-Soviet Ukrainian sex trade. Julie and her two sisters are desperate to find work, jobs are few and far between. When a friend tells the sisters how much money can be made by working in the "cabaret" (whore house) they decide to try their hand at making some quick money. Julie (the youngest sister and narrator of this story) especially has a hard time avoiding hard drugs and booze because it helps take the edge off of what she is doing. She isn't ashamed of being a call girl, but sometimes she just needs to forget some of the nasty things she does for money (namely an old man named Death). Her sisters try to get her to get clean, but Julie is convinced that there isn't a problem. This story spans about a year and chronicles Julie's descent into greed and addiction. Compelling, dark, and impossible to put down, this quick read will make you feel a little better about your life, or will maybe cause you to rethink your life's decisions.

I received this book for free from the publisher in return for my honest, unbiased review. ( )
  ecataldi | Apr 19, 2015 |
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In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters - Natalia, Lena and Julia - harbour dreams of a better life. 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?

TWISTED is a true life shaped into fiction story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
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