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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
The scenarios and characters who people The Purified by Melinda Tyler are something that the author knows very well. She has lived much of what she has woven into this rather realistic thriller based on the sex trade. Those unfamiliar with the world of prostitution, high-end call girls, and escort services will get an education on everything from the weird sexual fetishes and fantasies for which these "ladies of the night" cater, like a lawyer who gets off on having pies thrown all over him, to the more sinister and horrific possibilities of encountering the "CM," who terrifies the streets of New York in The Purified.
The CM stands for Church Murderer. He justifies his own sexual lust by brutally murdering the hookers he hires and praying over them before leaving their dead bodies upright in church pews, to be discovered by the faithful. The female protagonist, Montana Wylde, who has been studying to become a lawyer while moonlighting as a high end escort, fears that her best friend, Suzette, an aspiring actress and also call girl, may have fallen victim to the CM when Suzette suddenly goes missing. What follows is a desperate search by Montana and the police to find Suzette. They do, and she has become a victim, but not to whom they suspected. At the risk of spoiling the reader's enjoyment of The Purified, I'll divulge no more of the plot.
Melinda Tyler is a very good writer with an excellent command of language, a creative mind, and a fondness for back stories on the sex trade and the characters in her book. The author weaves a good plot, and has great control of language, description and dialogue. While very interesting, the back stories do slow the momentum of the plot, especially in Part One. But readers are hooked early in The Purified and the ending is worth the wait. Enjoy!