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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“Charged with some disturbing sexual scenes (including rape), the book manages a steady, readable flow as it shines a light on the multifaceted world of the European sex trade.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“Smirnova takes us on a philosophical and pseudo-psychological pilgrimage through the sexual underworld as Julia, in first person narrative, describes her struggling introduction into a profession where she can ply the only skills currently marketable.” - 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite
“I highly recommend ‘Twisted’ to open-minded readers who aren’t afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen. It’s sure to shock and surprise you, with both its storyline and its literary value.” - 5 star review from Red City Review
“It is up front and direct; Smirnova thankfully avoids the guileless euphemism that writers with less comfort about sex and sex work use in their sex scenes. It also explores the business with a sensitivity and respect – though not approval – that is rare. The story is paced steadily, never lingers in melodrama, and can easily be read in one sitting.”
- 4 star review from Foreword Clarion Reviews
“While the subject matter does not make for a light read, a breezy writing style and Julia’s willingness to fully and shamelessly lift the veil on her controversial lifestyle makes an irresistible combination.”
- 3.5 star review from IndieReader