“Dark, delicious, and fit to be devoured. Yummy.”
“This author is one to look out for. The writing – excellent. The story – raw, gritty, sexy and intense.”
A regular Sunday night in a Las Vegas strip club is rocked when a local oddball dies mysteriously, during his private dance.
Amber falls immediately in lust with the hot paramedic who arrives, and follows him outside, anticipating sizzling romance. But, her casual encounter quickly descends into a terrifying, twisted nightmare from which she is
unable to escape.
Five days later, and it’s Lana’s next shift at the club; she’s a fly-in-fly-out stripper paying her way through law school – she’s also Amber’s best friend.
Where is Amber? And what about the dead client? Was it an accident? Suicide? Or murder?
Finding neither the police, nor the club are taking much interest, Lana conducts her own inquiries, even though she finds herself the victim of a social-media hate campaign, and an ex-boyfriend who is sending her death threats. She’s desperate to uncover the truth about the death, but the person she most needs to speak to is Amber, who has failed to show up for her shift yet again…
Lana is thrust into a web of lies and deceptions she is determined to unravel, in which everyone is a suspect.
An addictively dark, psychological thriller laced with steamy romance, mystery, action and suspense; Twerk exposes the working lives of Las Vegas dancers behind the glamor – the challenges, the rewards, and the deadly risks.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This book sizzles from the start as it joins the ladies of the sleazy Las Vegas strip clubs, well one, where girls can get rich and men are eager to part with cash just to be near them. No touching gentlemen please! Oh, there are the regulars who have their favourite girls, which is almost seen by them as some sort of relationship but making a buck for these girls is putting some through college and others healthy real estate investments, if they have their head screwed on that is!
When one of the clients suddenly dies at the club, a paramedic is soon on the scene. Now women as well as men have needs and Amber maybe a stripper making good money but she doesn’t play round with the clients, but a real fit paramedic well that is different.
This is one real hot story in every possible respect. There is a super build to the actual story as the author describes the workings of the club. I was pretty fascinated by it all. I loved hearing the girls thoughts as they worked, as they drifted away from what they were doing in their minds. Their aching backs and knee problems from working the poles and stage. Now lots of these girls have come to Vegas with higher hopes for better things, with their families thinking they were in different work. They often lived on their own and to be honest who would miss a stripper? Realistically only a weekly call home to mom being missed or the absence of missing a shift at work.
The story follows Amber the most, over about a week. The journey isn’t for the faint hearted. It is brutal, cruel and absolutely petrifying. Each new event more shocking than the one before. The story is told from varying view points, Lana, stripper by night and law school student by day, is Amber’s best friend at work, and the only concerned person about missing Amber. So out she comes pushing the police and the club owner about the dead client and Amber.
If this was a film I would be watching behind fanned fingers over my squashed up eyes. It is a cracking story line, you just have to get to the end to find out the what, why and who! This will stay in my mind for three reasons. The title is perfect, the book cover fabulous and the story an absolutely corking dark psychological thriller. So read if you dare but be warned it does contain triggers.
I wish to thank Isobel Blackthorn for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.
Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.
Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.
Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs.
A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.