Published 7 May 2015 by Random House UK, Transworld Publishers
If you start feeling anything for a client – and it does happen – count the money. That always brings you back down to earth.’
Stella is an escort, immersed in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. It’s exactly where she wants to be. Stella used to be someone else: respectable, loved, safe. But one mistake changed all that.
When a fellow call girl is murdered, Stella has a choice: forget what she’s seen, or risk everything to get justice for her friend. In her line of work, she’s never far from the edge, but pursuing the truth could take her past the point of no return.
Nothing is off limits. Not for her – and not for them.
But no one is truly untouchable.
Ava Marsh grew up in Margate, Kent. A former broadsheet journalist, she gave it up to work in the charity sector and write novels.
Ava currently lives in Battersea in London. Her hobbies include running, kayaking and photography.
Ava Marsh’s debut novel is rather fun, sexy and turns into quite an exciting thriller.
Set in the world of high class call girls and their clients, we meet and get to know the racy life of Stella. Stella is paid for sex and seems to rather enjoy the way she makes a living. We see her entertaining men and working prosaically on her tax return. Stella finds her life turned upside down, when her friend and fellow prostitute Amanda is murdered. Who would want to kill her and is Stella also in danger?
The first part of this novel felt like ‘The Secret Diary of a Call Girl’. Stella shows us her life, in all of its explicit glory. Steamy encounters and a rather explicit sex party scene are thrown in for good measure. If you’ve read ‘Fifty Shades’ or anything similar, you won’t find yourself blushing too much. Stella seems to have chosen this way of life, keeping men at a distance. The male clients were entertaining and some of their excuses for using the services of Stella made me chuckle. There is more to Stella than just sex, as soon becomes apparent after the death of her friend. Stella comes into her own and starts to fight for the truth. I really found myself warming increasingly to Stella and her gutsy ways. She proved to be a hero.
This is definitely one for those who don’t mind explicit sex in their crime reads. It does work though, and I found myself drawn into Stella’s life from the word go. There is a lovely mix of intrigue, revenge, murder and blackmail. Worth a read, if you want something a bit different!