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Twerk: A steamy noir thriller Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07J48H8JL
- Publisher : HellBound Books Publishing LLC (7 December 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 6042 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
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But the high-grade suspense in Twerk isn’t the most important ingredient that makes this novel special. It’s the candidness with which Mrs. Blackthorn writes about the way the sex workers of the bar "Hot Foxies" think and feel when they’re dancing seductively around their poles, or about their relationship with their own bodies, and the differences in using sexual power between men and women. In showing the small intrigues, backbiting, and slander behind the podium, where the dancers behave like an extended family, she proves her understanding of the dancer’s lives. I wondered how she had done such thorough research until I read Blackthorn’s daughter Vicky’s Foreword: Vicky is a dancer in a club, and her stories have inspired her mother to write this unusual thriller. I was intrigued by this openness and visited Mrs. Blackthorn’s website where I read under the title "Society, Strippers and Shame" a beautiful and heart-captivating text about how she handled the fact that her daughter chose to be an exotic dancer. I tip my hat for the courage and strength of both mother and daughter, and in my eyes, the authenticity that is tangible in Twerk, making the novel extraordinary, is a result of that courage.
But "Twerk" gives more than a detailed insight in a strip dancer’s life: for a male author like me, it was equally fascinating to read how Isobel Blackthorn dissects the distorted male sexuality in the killer’s character. Blackthorn knows that underneath the virility and macho veneer of the male, lurks manhood’s eternal proof pressure to squash insecurity. I like well-written books that present a reader with more than suspense alone: "Twerk" is definitely such a novel.
A demonstrably psychopathic stalker focuses on one woman in order to get at her workmate and principal friend who, he imagines, derided him back in their school days. Since then he has turned himself into a buff seducer with a deranged mind, and as the story unfolds from several POVs, including his own, the depths of his depravity are revealed in chilling form.
At the heart of this is the women’s workplace, because they are Vegas “gentlemen’s club” strippers. As always, the word “gentlemen” is predominantly ironic because the passing characters in that parade are portrayed mostly as sad sacks.
One of the central strengths of this book, and there are many, is the hugely revealing insights into just who these women are, how their lives run, and how they cope with that toxic environment. Who knew that knee damage could be a health and safety issue for them?
Then there is the psychology/sociology of that profession. The main female character and the killer’s prime objective (he hacks her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as one piece of undermining) is a fly-in/fly-out stripper who otherwise pursues a law degree while taking care of her parents back in New Mexico. She now has to turn amateur sleuth to both find her friend and unravel why her online world is being destroyed and the psychopath, of course, is the cause of both problems. Her separation of those roles is a master class in distancing, and is very revealing as to how many of these women survive by fixing on family, paying bills and ensuring security as well as creating a new future.
Blackthorn gives all these women a distinctive character, and that includes the envy/hate/suspicion/bitchiness brought on in such a highly charged and demanding work environment. She also conjures up some chilling hard noir and some memorable settings – having now read this, one will never think of the Hoover Dam as before!
Twerk will be a very different read for many, but an instructive and important one.
I am loath to give away any part of a story’s plot. Trust me that this is a good one. It has it all: murder, intrigue, violence and yes, lots of sex. Ms. Blackthorn writes well and seems a master (mistress? – just trying to keep in the spirit of things) of the slow build. No premature climax here (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Most importantly to me, she writes clearly.
Beyond all that, the novel does something unique; it documents a stripper’s job and what it’s like to live the life.