Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Twisted by Lola Smirnova

In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbor dreams of a better life. Naïve 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.

Received for review.

I wanted to like this more than I actually did, although I still found it quite interesting.  What annoyed me the most was that the narrative was presented as though told by the author, with all the flaws inherent in someone not speaking in their native tongue.  I was left wondering if this was a deliberate choice on the part of the publishers to get the "feel" of the author as a person or it was just poor editing.  Sentences such as "I am prostitute." were common and took away from the reading enjoyment instead of adding to it.

The story itself was interesting, but rather cliched and read rather like a plot of an episode of The Americans rather than something unique.

I didn't particularly find myself drawn to the characters, but that may also be due to the poor word choices and sentence structure that made reading a bit of a chore, so I never became emotionally invested in their journey and really couldn't find myself caring either way what happened to them.

Overall, this was an interesting read and I recommend it to those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, but I certainly would not rush to get it.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay


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