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Soul Destruction: Unforgivable (a story of drug addiction and prostitution) by [Jacobs, Ruth]
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About the Author

Ruth Jacobs is an author and a charity and human rights campaigner in the areas of anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing; 1 edition (27 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKBWWKS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the worst books I have ever read! 6 hours of my life wasted I'll never get back! Plot implausible, characters had no depth, every possible cliche about prostitution and drug addiction used. From start to finish I did not have any understanding or empathy for any of them they were so wooden. At times it read like a first draft, the narrative (what there was of it) did not flow and I often had to re-read the previous page to see if I had missed a vital part of the plot. Ruth, as they say, "don't give up your day job!"
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Unforgivable's opening chapter, a death in a prestigious London hotel room with a high class call girl, is stark & wryly funny. A mid fellatio death sets Shelley Hansard age 21, a hooker for three years, making lots of money but shooting up the profits to dull the pain of her existence, on a journey of no return.
Discovering that a client who has raped her has also raped her friends sets a plot in motion bent on retribution that will spin Shelley's life out of control. Unable to report to the police for fear of the consequences from her profession Shelley gathers her friends for the inevitable.
Characterisation is immediate & skilled. You think you know Shelley until you realise the damage acquired by a life so enmeshed in pain is hard for her to live; heroin & crack are the only answer with many risks taken, a toll on mental health & her ability to be honest about her situation. Not much 'Belle de Jour' in this scenario, instead we have a realistic view of prostitution, its dangers, its consequences.
The story has great pace, a page turner, plenty of twists & turns to keep you intrigued about the details of Shelley's life that makes serious comment about how she got to the place she is in.
Ruth Jacobs is a skilled story teller with an extensive knowledge of her subjects that is realistic, compassionate & compelling. This is a must read book. Look out for the next one. She is a rising star.
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As an ex-madam I was drawn to reading this book - I have to say that there's no way in a million years I would have had the main characters in this book working for me. Although compelling at times I found it a bit much all the drug taking - day-in, day-out. All the way through I was expecting the storyline to open up, but I was disappointed. Also, rather an abrupt ending - but there again, it's just my opinion!
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The author's writing style needs to improve. For me there is no fluidity in the text or a seamless rhythm. The nearest analogy I can think of is that it reads like dub step with stops and starts. The author uses repetitive connectives to start sentences which lend itself more to factual or report writing.
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I enjoyed this book and want to read the sequel. The characters and their situations are believable and the story flowed naturally. Recommended if you're not bothered about extreme situations or bad language. This all adds to the reading experience for a story like this, in my opinion.
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Ruth Jacobs invites you into a world that is not known to most of us, from the first page you are quickly gripped as the main character, Shelley Hansard, finds herself in a hotel room with a motionless body next to her. This thriller is intense, dark, full of mystery and suspense and at times quite funny.
Although a work of fiction, the writer has done a fantastic job of giving a truthful insight into the very real world of prostitution and the life of a call girl.
Graphic in some parts where you get a real sense of the trials and tribulations faced by the main character. A very insightful piece of writing and a must read.
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If you are like me, pretty happy, pretty safe and getting along ok in this lovely country that is England, this book will change your views of what else goes on here. This hard hitting story takes you into a world of pain, drugs and heartbreak, where lives are damaged to provide `entertainment` for those who can pay.

This is the story of a call girl called Shelly Hansard, whose grip on reality is failing thanks to her ever increasing dependence on hard drugs. She lives two lives, one as a well paid call girl in London and one as a daughter to an acrophobic mother who thinks she has a successful career working for an estate agent.

This is Ruth Jacobs first published novel and she has managed to take all the dark areas of our society and add them to a fictional character to make this stunning piece of work. There is no doubt that reading this will take you to places that you may not have wanted to go, but the way Ruth ties together the plot lines, you can't help but want to read on. Ruth's use of descriptive realism is intense, but essential to understanding the lives of Shelly Hansard and those around her. For those of us who know London, there is also the added gem in the way Ruth takes us on journeys across the whole city.

Overall, i do recommend this book to open minded folk and although this is a work of fiction, this dark world exists and should not be ignored. Buy this book, enjoy the story and learn something too.
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There's no way of sugar coating it, this book is in no way for everyone... This might suggest that I'm writing a negative review, but I'm really not - this is a very good book.

It's brutal, it's real and it's clearly a very personal book to the author. It's written by someone who clearly cares deeply about her subject, characters and story. I found at times that the constant detailed descriptions of the drug taking got a bit repetitive but I understand that they serve their purpose in making the reader truly come to terms with the crippling nature of addiction. I felt that the drug taking disrupted the flow of the story but realise that this was the authors intention. The reader starts to feel for Shelley as she struggles to deal with numerous issues in her life all the time tied to her addiction. Family, life as a prostitute, friendships, mental health issues, death, rape - there really is a lot going on in this book.

It's difficult to say I enjoyed this book, I'm not sure enjoyed is the word, what I'll say is it's heart breaking and compelling. If you're brave enough to read a book that doesn't glamourize drug taking and prostitution, but shows it for what it is, painful and soul destroying this book will reward you with a story that will stay with you long after you've put it down and a character, Shelley, that you genuinely want to wrap an arm around and help.
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