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Soul Destruction: Unforgivable (a story of drug addiction and prostitution) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Jacobs
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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?
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Review

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.


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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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907565353
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing; 1 edition (April 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKBWWKS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, heart-breaking and hopeful 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected twists and turns 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling novel about prostitution and addiction 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
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME read!!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Awesome read! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, difficult 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect title for this book 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it
This book was monotonous and boring. I read the entire thing because I hate to leave a book half read- but it was a struggle to make it through. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Whasaaaaaaaaaa?
Laid back yet educational you read to do escape as I work to come. Fed Offense. Love you cuz until he is ok I his blood pressure was skydly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but pace was the drawback
There is a lot of powerful material in here, and you can really feel the depth of compassion that Ruth Jacobs has for her characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mets6986
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Real!
Great read and a very raw, intensely real look at prostitution and addiction. Jacobs is talented and the story kept me reading to finish in one sitting.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not good
I downloaded Soul Destruction: Unforgivable during a free download weekend. It sounded good, but this book dragged on and on. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in and won't let you go
The writing is sharp and intelligent but it's the storytelling that kept me reading. The author knows how to tell a story and knows how to tell it accurately. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin Crosbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Destruction: Unforgivable
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Soul Destruction:
Unforgivable

Written by Ruth Jacobs

Reviewed by R. Murry

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Published 11 months ago by Roy Murry, Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and realistic view of a young girl's life struggles
I read through most of this book thinking it was an autobiography, and an intriguing one. This reads like a "month in the life of" story, but the author ensures that the reader is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kenneth W Brown
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More About the Author

Ruth Jacobs is the author of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, a novel exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The main storyline is based loosely on events from her own life.

In addition to fiction writing, Ruth is also involved in non-fiction, journalism and broadcasting for charity and human rights campaigning in the areas of sex worker rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.

She is currently 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.

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

Ruth's author website on which she interviews writers, musicians, artists and filmmakers as well as human rights activists and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution is at www.ruthjacobs.co.uk.

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