Wendy Cartmell

Author of the Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers

UntouchableUntouchable by Ava Marsh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.
This was a different kind of read for me, following the exploits of Stella and her colleagues as they are dragged into a sordid world for the sole reason of fulfilling their client’s worst, debased desires. Dragged into this world of sex and drugs, firstly for the money and then later to try and avenge her friend’s death, Stella begins to see herself for what she is becoming and she doesn’t like what she sees. But can she really extradite herself? Will she be allowed to? Stella was a confusing character, teetering on the edge of right and wrong. Most of the characters in the book were unlikeable but I began to have a grudging respect for Stella, a woman who knows what she wants, or at least she thinks she does! An intriguing read.

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