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. Inspired by real life events, Twisted is a fascinating story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
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.
“A gripping and mature story deftly woven by Lola Smirnova, “Twisted” is the kind of suspense novel that will linger in the mind and imagination long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf… ‘Twisted’ introduces an extraordinarily gifted author to an appreciative readership looking eagerly toward her next literary effort.”
– Midwest Book Review