Untouchable by Ava Marsh
They know who she is. She knows too much.
Stella is an escort, immersed in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. It’s exactly where she wants to be. Stella used to be someone else: respectable, loved, safe.
When a fellow call girl is murdered, Stella has a choice: forget what she’s seen, or risk everything to get justice for her friend. In her line of work, she’s never far from the edge, but pursuing the truth could take Stella past the point of no return.
I’d heard great things about this novel last year but I’d been struggling to get through my TBR pile and get to it. Eventually, I managed and I was so glad I did. This is a crime novel with a unique protagonist. Though, she’s a protagonist not everyone will like.
Stella is a call girl. A high-class call girl, but a call girl all the same and she tells you about the jobs she’s doing. You get the descriptions of her work. It’s not erotica, its plain English factual dialogue about what is happening and that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re ok with most crime novels then you should be ok with this and if you are, then you will love the book.
It’s a book that is different in the crime genre. An escort who is the protagonist? Who you root for? Absolutely! It works and it works really well. Stella has her back story, her reasons, her past. She also has a sensible head on her shoulders and when things start to go wrong she knows it and she knows she can’t stand back and do nothing. But what can an escort do? You’ll just have to read this to find out and I recommend that you do. Marsh has created a brilliant and believable character in Stella, her fellow escorts and the men she services. She has created a dark world that you know exists so has you turning the pages and unable to put it down.
A great start to my reading year!
With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my copy.
Margot Kinberg says
I heard of this one, too, last year, Rebecca. I’m glad that you thought it was a good read. It’s always interesting to me when an author chooses a different kind of protagonist.
Jacqui Murray says
That quirky protagonist–it reminds me of the latest Alex Berenson book I just finished–“The Wolves”. The antagonist was pretty likable for 99% of the book.
Looks like you are over your reading slump Rebecca – a few great reads will do that 🙂