Twerk – a dark psychological thriller laced with steamy romance
Praise for Twerk
“This author is one to look out for. The writing – excellent. The story – raw, gritty, sexy and intense.” – Bonny Bennett, bestselling author of Deliverance for Amelia
“Dark, delicious, and fit to be devoured. Yummy.” – CJ Roberts, bestselling author of Captive in the Dark
Desire, a spark, a decision made too fast, and a Las Vegas stripper is plunged into the depraved world of a psychopath. But is she the only target of his twisted desires?
A regular Sunday night in a Las Vegas strip club is rocked when a local oddball dies mysteriously, during a private dance.
Amber falls immediately in lust with the hot paramedic who arrives, and follows him outside, anticipating sizzling romance. But, her casual encounter quickly descends into a terrifying, twisted nightmare from which she is unable to escape.
Five days later, and it’s Lana’s next shift at the club; she’s a fly-in-fly-out stripper paying her way through law school – she’s also Amber’s best friend.
Where is Amber? And what about the dead client? Was it an accident? Suicide? Or murder?
Finding neither the police, nor the club are taking much interest, Lana conducts her own inquiries, even though she finds herself the victim of a social-media hate campaign, and an ex-boyfriend who is sending her death threats. She’s desperate to uncover the truth about the death, but the person she most needs to speak to is Amber, who has failed to show up for her shift yet again…
Lana is thrust into a web of lies and deceptions she is determined to unravel, in which everyone is a suspect.
An addictively dark, psychological thriller laced with steamy romance, mystery, action and suspense; Twerk exposes the working lives of Las Vegas strippers behind the glamor – the challenges, the rewards, and the deadly risks.
A FOREWORD FROM VICKY AISHA
“Over my 5+ years as a dancer I’ve always been open and honest with my mother, Isobel Blackthorn. I live quite far away from the club that I work at, and to help me stay awake on the drive home it became tradition for me to call her and recount all the funny little things that happened over my night. Isobel made mental notes of the banter between dancers and customers and these anecdotes inspired her to write the novel, Twerk.
Twerk is a work of fiction and is first and foremost a dark and steamy thriller, however much of the behind the scenes details are based on an amalgamation of what I’ve recounted of my experiences as a dancer.
Isobel Blackthorn has an incredibly creative mind and has written a gripping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat as you read. I am proud to have inspired her to write this unique novel.”
“This book is jam-packed with twists and turns. I was so gripped, I almost missed my bus stop on the way home!” – Helen Loves book blog
“Going in my top 5 for 2018, it’s got everything!” – TerryHeth – Amazon
“I can honestly say Isobel’s book has left its mark on me and won’t be leaving me for a very long time. ” – Bookworm 77, Amazon
“I’ll be short about the suspense aspect of the novel: Mrs. Blackthorn knows how to captivate a reader with a tale that is getting eerier with every page. The lust-driven killer in Twerk is a deeply sinister character. Mrs. Blackthorn describes his sadistic nature in scenes that definitely will chill your bones. Near the end of her story, she unveils the reason why this man is so ruthless and scary, and then you realize that the seeds of enjoying the fear, humiliation, and pain of others lie in all of us…” Bob Van Laerhoven (read the full review here)
“Unabashedly raw and sexy, TWERK is the latest novel by author Isobel Blackthorn of Melbourne, Australia. One part crime thriller and one part pure nightmare fuel, TWERK is set in the gritty yet dazzling world of Las Vegas’ strip clubs.
Amber thinks she has met the man of her dreams when she has a spontaneous encounter with a paramedic. That dream is quickly shattered when she learns that he is a sadistic kidnapper and not the boyfriend material she originally took him for. Meanwhile, friend and co-worker Lana hustles her way through a weekend of work as a dancer at one of Las Vegas’ popular strip clubs. She investigates the suspicious death of a patron while taking us through the ins and outs of her job, all the while unaware that Amber is being put in increasing amounts of danger.
If you’re curious about the life of a stripper, TWERK is the perfect novel to read. From the glamorous to the mundane, it leaves nothing out and describes things in incredible detail. The novel comes off quite genuine as Blackthorn has insider knowledge of what it is like to work in a strip club. She mentions her daughter is a high profile stripper who was able to give first-hand accounts of dealing with customers and the everyday, the relationships between dancers and all the little things involved in her profession. With this book, Blackthorn is aiming to break the mainstream misconceptions and stigma she has noticed that surround the industry…
TWERK comes into the genre just as it is shaking things up for sex workers. This year CAM recently took us all by storm as it finished its festival run and arrived on Netflix. CAM has been praised and rightly so, for portraying the reality that is camming and now with TWERK we can see into what it’s like to dance and strip for a living. TWERK shows sex workers in a positive light just for what they are: hard working people, and it shows sex work for what it is: work.
An erotic thriller full of sex and violence TWERK sets out to titillate and it succeeds. Full of scenarios that would be anyone’s worst nightmare, it is definitely a heart pounding read.” – Erin Grant, Fear Forever