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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Craved by Lola Smirnova is the second book in a trilogy that will take you on a mind boggling journey to make you understand some hard truths about your life. The novel follows the stories of three sisters, Natalia, Lena and Julia. They are from Ukraine and they were prostitutes. They came to South Africa in the hopes of putting their prostitution days behind them, but they soon realized that they have jumped from one vice only to land in another.
Working as strippers is “easy money,” but Julia is not ready to leave her days as a prostitute behind. The temptation is too much, especially when she is rejected by clients, one after another. Planning to return to Europe, she is brought back to reality when some familial issues make her rethink things. Can she survive the harsh world of sex and stripping? Or will she cave in and plunge down the hole that is laced with drugs and danger?
I know this is something close to a suspense novel, but I would like to call this novel a psychological thriller. The way these sisters are living, the turmoil Julia is going through, makes these women super human and something out of this world. I have read the previous novel, Twisted, and I have to admit, I put it down at least three times, not because it was badly written, but because it was a little too dark and real.
It is a miracle that these women were able to hold on to their sanity for this long. Craved is a dark and dangerous tale of survival that makes you re-think your life and takes you on a journey where you are thankful for everything you have. This dark, mesmeric tale will take you on a carefully crafted and twisted journey that will make you beg for more. An amazing, thrilling suspenseful ride. I, for one, cannot wait for the next novel.