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Product Details

  • Series: Soul Destruction
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (April 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907565353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907565359
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,521,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unforgivable, Unputdownable. Great characters you will walk beside from page one. Great story you will not want to end." Sheila Quigley author of The Seahills series and The Holy Island trilogy.

From the Back Cover

Enter the bleak existence of a call girl haunted by the atrocities of her childhood. In the spring of 1997, Shelley Hansard is a drug addict with a heroin habit and crack psychosis. Her desirability as a top London call girl is waning. 

When her client dies in a suite at The Lanesborough Hotel, Shelley's complex double-life is blasted deeper into chaos. In her psychotic state, the skills required to keep up her multiple personas are weakening. Amidst her few friends, and what remains of her broken family, she struggles to maintain her wall of lies. 

During this tumultuous time, she is presented with an opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends. But in her unbalanced state of mind, can she stop a serial rapist?

More About the Author

Ruth Jacobs is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. She lives a quiet life in a village in Hertfordshire, England, which is quite a contrast from her teens and early twenties spent rather waywardly in London.

'Soul Destruction: Unforgivable' is Ruth's début novel, and is the first in a series exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The story follows Shelley Hansard, a heroin addicted and crack psychotic London call girl, who gets the opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends. The main storyline is based loosely on events from Ruth's life.

In addition to fiction writing, Ruth is also involved in non-fiction, journalism and broadcasting, primarily for charity and human rights campaigning in the areas of sex workers' rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking. For BBC1 she has researched and presented documentaries on the policing of prostitution in the UK. Articles she's written have been published on Women News Network, The F-Word, Ms. Magazine Blog and Bitch magazine among others. She also writes a blog on the Huffington Post.

Currently, Ruth's involved in the campaign calling for the Merseyside hate crime model of policing prostitution to be made law. To sign the Change.org petition follow this link: http://www.change.org/merseysidemodel.

Her short charity publication 'In Her Own Words... Interview with a London Call Girl' is available to download from Amazon and all royalties are donated to Beyond the Streets, a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation.

'Life', Ruth's short crime story about Max, a crack-addicted failed father facing a life sentence for a crime he can't remember committing, is free to download on Kindle.

More information on the Soul Destruction series can be found at http://www.soul-destruction.com.

Ruth's author website is at http://www.ruthjacobs.co.uk.

Customer Reviews

Then, I knew I had to read the whole thing.
Dan Mader
She has drawn characters who are at the same time repulsive and sympathetic.
Lynda Dickson
I enjoyed this book and I look forward to more in this series.
Booklover74

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trista Hendren on September 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating read of a world that remains unfamiliar to many women. What I liked the most about this book was how the author wrote her characters with such love - they were likeable women in an industry that is despised by many - addictions and all. I came away with a better understanding of prostitution and a stronger resolve to work towards a better world for ALL women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Dickson on April 28, 2013
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Soul Destruction: Unforgivable tells the story of Shelley Hansard, a 21-year-old woman who has been working for three years as a call girl in London, under the employ of a number of madams and escort agencies. Shelley has previously endured four attacks by clients, including being raped and beaten, but has never lodged a complaint with the police because of her circumstances.

One night, a client dies whilst in her company, sending Shelley into a downward spiral of destructive behavior and an ever-increasing dependency on drugs. Addicted to heroin and crack, Shelley resorts to getting her drugs where and when she can, even from strangers in the street. She uses drugs to forget, but often forgets too much, waking up in the company of strangers, and often with unaccounted-for earnings.

A compulsive cleaner, Shelley eases her anxiety by vacuuming and rearranging her books and videos. Her OCD leads her to manually check her car doors and the locks on the doors and windows of her flat to a nearly debilitating extent. Things finally come to a head when Shelley and her call girl friends Nicole and Tara, decide to get revenge on a client they discover has raped them all.

Shelley's story is slowly and cleverly revealed by the author. We are left to put together the pieces of the puzzle, eventually finding out what happened to Shelley's brother William, her mother Rita, her unknown father, her friends Nicole and Tara, and to Shelley herself, to make her the way she is.

The author's knowledge of the subject matter is extensive and apparent. She has drawn characters who are at the same time repulsive and sympathetic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Polley on July 30, 2013
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If you're looking for a pleasant sort of read, Ruth Jacobs "Unforgivable" is not it. Honest books about the world of prostitution, drugs and addiction show what the life is really about, and it is not in any way a pretty one. Her novel about Shelley and her friends is chilling, lonely, and radically disconnecting. As I know from my own experience of active alcohol addiction, and from the subsequent work that I've did addicts, her novel presents a very clear picture of the world addicts and prostitutes live in.

I found the novel very difficult to read as I followed the lives of Shelley and her friends as their world shrinks around them, for Shelley shrinking to the point that it fits her like shrink wrap. Heroin is a very jealous lover that she won't break free of until she gets help. Does she? That part of the story is not clear; again, that's the world we addicts live in until, accepting help, we walk away from it.

I recommend this fine novel without reservation for everyone to read. Keep a box or two of tissues handy, because you'll need them. Thank you, Ruth Jacobs, for writing and publishing this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anne naro on November 3, 2013
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Did not want this book to end! WAS hard to put down. It ended a bit too abruptly though. It was like reading another chapter and it suddenly ended!!! Hope the author writes a sequel - getting on line right now to check for one and to check out her other books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tam-tam on June 10, 2013
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This is a great read. It takes you on a trip through a world unknown by most. Tough, gritty and sad at times. I love her style of writing. The characters are so real, their actions so vivid at times I felt like I was there with them. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda the Writer on January 4, 2014
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Ruth Jacobs is a 5-star advocate for women caught in addiction and sex trades. She knows her setting and characters.
SD:U starts out with scenes involving a dead john that Shelley fears she might be accused of killing, and the nasty woman who arranged the "date." But the plot I expected from that beginning never really materialized. A plot of sorts emerged toward the end, but I can't say I recommend the vengeance-driven violence portrayed there.
If not a standard plot, what else does the book give us? Prostitutes doing drugs, with graphic detail. Over and over again. Scrounging for money to score the dope. Banding together yet deceiving each other. Deceiving their dysfunctional families. Deceiving themselves. Maddeningly squandering opportunities. Descending deeper into psychosis. In other words, Jacobs delivers a story of drug addiction and prostitution, exactly as promised.
This is not a fun read, and I do not recommend this book for squeamish or easily offended readers. However, there is value in being confronted by its scenes of unrelenting depression and self-destruction, because real people live those scenes every day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover74 on December 25, 2013
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I first heard about this book when the author gave a radio interview in Dublin, I liked what she said and decided to buy her book, it was for a great price on Amazon. The story centres around a young woman named Shelley Hansard, who works as a prostitute and takes drugs to deal with her job and her life in general. I read this book in about 3 days, I couldn't put it down, I was drawn back to Shelley and her friends to see what would happen next. Be warned though the subject matter of the book is not for the faint hearted as the author deals with many topical subjects such as child abuse, death, prostitution, drugs, paranoia, etc... The author displays a great deal of knowledge about drug taking, prostitution and the inner turmoil that her main character goes through as she tries to evade her past and her present. The plot can feel a little slow to unravel but I felt that this was because the author was trying to show how encompassing Shelley's addiction was and how time passes differently when going through this experience. It also gives the reader an opportunity to really get to know Shelley and her motivations. I enjoyed this book and I look forward to more in this series. I also liked the author's style of writing.
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