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Soul Destruction: Unforgivable (a story of drug addiction and prostitution) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A realistic portrayal of prostitution and drug addiction. The characters are well drawn and the story engaging. Can't wait for the next book in this series.Published on 4 Nov. 2013 by Angie Walker
Very dreary storyline. It probably is a great read if your into this kind of thing (drug addiction and prostitution)., but really found it hard going. :(Published on 12 Oct. 2013 by annalovesmavis
Shelley worked for Maranne as a call girl. One fatal evening shelley was in The Lanesborough Regeny- styled suite hotel room giving a man pleasure. They both were high on drugs. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by ireadnovels
This poor girl and her delusions! This is sad sorry of a girl struggling to keep her sanity. I loved it.Published on 30 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
I found this a very difficult book to read, the characters had few redeeming features. I did carry on the very end in the hope of some light at the end of the tunnel. Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by Mrs. E. Jessel
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