Written by Ruth Jacobs
Reviewed by R. Murry
Forgiveness is a hard concept for many to grasp. There are many quotes on forgiving oneself and others that could fill a book. I won’t give you one. All I’ll say is that the world would be better off if people would forgive and forget, including one’s own stupid actions.
Ruth Jacobs’ novel is a crime against forgiveness. There isn’t a character in this tale of sex, drugs, and crime that has the capacity to forgive, because each of the main characters is wrapped up in their own self-pity. This,
Ms. Jacobs has well developed. The three prostitutes, Shelly (Main Character,) Nicole, and Tara, have all not forgiven or forgotten their pasts and have used their individual pasts as a reasons for being where they are in the present.
This character driven story delves into the minds of intelligent individuals whose minds are altered by drugs and the life style they have chosen. Their decision making has been so impaired that they go over the edge, committing an unforgivable crime stemmed from the fact that no one in the group of three can forgive, forget, and move on, which might have stopped the crime.
Ruth’s writing moves the reader to peaks of disbelief that can only be described as horrific. You feel the compassion in what she has portrayed as the life of a prostitute in the UK and feel the distress in how her characters come to their conclusions.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your reading chair, this is a crime novel that will keep your attention.