Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Thriller
Liria is nineteen, homeless, and addicted to heroin…
She’s also determined to not end up dead—like her mother. But every time she tries to get clean, on her feet, and back on the employment train, everything falls apart. This time is different. This time, she knows there are only two choices—addiction or death. Once she gets clean, though, her life ends up even rockier than before.
Desperate for help, Liria goes to the one person she can count on for a safe place to stay and regular meals—her father, Cyryl Czetski. However, she soon learns Cyryl isn’t her real father, and he wants a very different kind of relationship. Liria ultimately rejects his advances and ends up on the streets yet again, this time working in an illegal strip club.
Finally taking control of her life, Liria lands a job in a Vegas nightclub, where she meets Arty—the woman of her dreams.
Arty is beautiful, funny, and rich. But when other nightclub employees turn up dead—including Liria’s best friend, Lee—Liria suspects the business might be a front for something far more sinister.
When Arty reveals Liria’s life is also in danger, she promises to keep her safe. But Arty’s acting strangely, and seems to know too much about the mysterious deaths. Is she really trying to save her, or is she holding her hostage, using her as a pawn in a game Liria doesn’t understand?
Liria thought she was used to always second guessing everyone’s intentions. That’s how life is. But if the drugs don’t ruin her, The Hustle will…
My Rating: 4/5
Review: Anyone who reads my reviews will notice that this book is quite different from what I usually read but one of my aims in reviewing and blogging has been to try new books/genres and this is one of those. My favourite genre has always been crime/mystery so when I read the blurb for this book it was that, as well as it being something different, that appealed to me and made me want to read it and I’m glad I did. This is an excellently written book that grabs you and involves you in the story from page one. To start with I was intrigued, what was Liria up to, why was she doing what she was doing, but then I got hooked and had to stick with her even if that meant staying up late to finish the book. The story had a different feel to what I usually read and I think that was partly the writing style and partly the subject itself. This is not a story for the faint-hearted or for those who want to pretend the world is nice and nothing bad happens. This story deals with drugs and the consequences and realities of taking them, as well as sex, murder, decision making when your choices are limited and a few other things. It doesn’t shy away from anything and is quite detailed and explicit but not uneccessarily so.
This story is ultimately about Liria and the decisions she makes and the consequences they have on her and, at times, on the people around her. We follow her as she travels from one place to another trying to sort out her life and get off drugs. What she does and the people she meets shape the options available to her. She has to make decisions with little or no information and the story takes us through those decisions and their consequences, the people she meets and the realities of life for someone in her position with no money and few prospects. The way this story is written it drags you with her whether you want to go or not, when she leaves places at night and travels till 4am you go too. It’s almost like there is an invisible connection between you both so you see, feel and experience everything Liria does and it’s, at times, a confusing ride and one that I am glad I am not on for real. This is an excellent book and definitely worth reading if you want to try something different, something that will challenge your sense and keep you up for hours wanting to find out what happens next.
ELIZABETH RODERICK grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After weathering the grunge revolution and devolution in Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, she recently moved to a small cluster of houses amidst the vineyards of California’s Central Coast.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn’t even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.
Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoir which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.
She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.