Book Review: Twisted by Lola Smirnova

About the Book:


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?

My Thoughts:

I was contacted by Book Publicity Services to review this book. This is usually not the kind of book I read but I decided to take a chance. I must admit I was intrigued by the way the author has written this story and the issues brought out through this. At a few points in the story I did wonder at the relevance of some of the situations but on the whole the story comes together pretty well.

It is indeed a shocker to read about how the protagonists of the story enter into the sex trade with the notion that that is their way out. Through this they get to see several places and earn more money than they could at home over some months. The author brings out the allure that money has and how it draws people into it’s depths keeping them captive and wanting for more. The author also explores the power drugs have over the psych of people.

There is a message I found while reading a book which is along the lines of how we are a product of the choices we make. Most of the things that happen to us in life are a result of our decisions. It is up to us whether we take the easy way out or take the harder path but perhaps lead a better life. There are no guarantees in life but we can try.

There is a lot that the  reader is made aware of through this story and some revelations are quite shocking. All this will indeed set the reader thinking and reflecting on life and how theirs would compare to that of the protagonists. The author’s style of writing is a little different if not crude and it’s nice how she has not tried to sugar coat anything. She has described things as they are in a clear manner for us to understand. This story is informative in its own way and is worth the read.

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