Publication Date 16th June 2016 from Transworld
Kitty Sweet is in prison, charged with double murder. She’s as damaged as she is charismatic, as dangerous as she is charming. And now she’s been invited to tell her story, to explain how on earth it came to this.
Hers is a story of heartbreak and desperation, of adulation and glamour. Of ruin. She’s descended to an underworld that most people can only imagine and she’s lived to tell the tale…
“Exposure” was a Saturday buddy read with my good friend Christine of Northern Crime her review HERE
Well what to say about Exposure…
Anyone who has read Untouchable, the previous book from Ava Marsh will already know about the sexy, sassy writing that drags you into a different world and holds you there utterly enthralled for the entire reading time, now she has done that again with Exposure. Both books are centred around intriguing and cleverly drawn female main protagonists and here we have Kitty – a girl you will never forget.
Kitty needs money. That is how it starts. A broken relationship, leading to a need to make a living, leading to an inexorable fall into a dark place – Exposure does exactly what it says on the tin, telling me more than I ever thought I’d know about the porn industry.
This is CLEVER sexy sassy writing – Ava Marsh leaves any sort of judgemental tone out of it and just tells a banging (often literally in this case) story about one girl and the life she leads. Kitty is at turns engaging and sympathetic, you will attach to her like a limpet and stick with her all the way as she sells her soul, attempts to retrieve it and ends up somewhere unexpected. This author is explicit and intuitive, the tale fairly rocks along, addictive, thrilling and endlessly fascinating, I couldn’t look away.
There are beautifully written layers to the storytelling – around Kitty a vibrant, instantly likeable (or not) cast of eclectic and utterly gripping characters who live a very different life to what might be considered normal and yet are for the most part very normal people. Kitty never looks forward, doesnt envision the consequences of this particular life choice yet over the course of the book comes to know it. By then there is no turning back, the inevitability of this modern world is shown here in all its wonderous and darkly devisive glory.
To write a thought provoking, authentic and credible piece of fiction set in this world and still manage to make it sexy as hell, although sometimes worthy of a slight cringe and an “aargh” followed by a nice cup of tea (yes yes I’m British I can’t help it) is a mean feat indeed and Ava Marsh has pulled it off with a flourish, Exposure is hard hitting and realistic with a side of mystery and a slice of psychological thriller, top notch storytelling first page to last.
Ava Marsh takes apart her characters and puts them back together, gives you a brilliantly gripping and provocative ending and leaves you there to consider the ramifications of this particular industry and what it can mean to the people inside of it. There are two sides to every coin, this writer looks at both, Exposure is an absolutely fantastic piece of fiction that could so easily be fact.
I loved it. Fantabulous.
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Happy Reading Folks!