Book Title:
Book Author:
Samantha Kolesnik
Page Count:
Publishing Date:
December 1st, 2021
Grindhouse Press
Date Read:
July 10th, 2022
Kindle Edition


Angela has everything she thought she ever wanted—a successful husband, a lavish house, and a bottomless fortune.

But the sight of a strange man in a grocery store one night reawakens her dormant sexuality and soon Angela embarks on a dangerous descent into the world of underground pornography and back-alley plastic surgery.

As the stakes get higher, long-buried memories resurface and Angela finds herself enamored with Reena, a fetish film performer. With some help from a queer gang called The Waifs, Angela is forced to make the decision between her unhappy upper-class life and the treacherous world of underground film.

My Review

I went into this novella without any idea of what to expect.

Not only had I not read anything by this author, since I tend to stay away from novellas, I didn’t read anything even remotely like this. Ever.

I have absolutely no idea why I was so interested in reading this. Was it that intriguing cover? Or was it the synopsis, that promised to be incredibly dark and offer up some content that wasn’t exactly…mainstream?

“The older I became, the more convinced I was that no one escaped this earth unscathed by human suffering.”

Our main character, Angela, has such a good life – her husband is very successful, she has a beautiful house, and all the money she could possibly want.

However, not everything is as it seems – in fact, things below the surface are darker.

Her husband has a difficult time keeping his hands to himself when they argue, which is what prompts the beginning of the story – after a particularly bad fight, Angela drives to the grocery store, where she meets Ben Landry – her literal dream guy.

After their brief encounter, Angela follows him home and learns things about his life, wishing that she could be the one he was going home to.

When she gets home, she eventually confesses to her abusive husband how she is no longer attracted to him, and how she has feelings for another guy – Ben. Determined to become everything Angela loves so that he can turn her away, he begins the horrifying descent into the world of back alley plastic surgery – and she finds herself paying the price.

Soon Angela is in way over her head, trapped in the world of plastic surgery and underground adult films. She finds herself doing things she never thought she would do, and spending time with people she normally would never have glanced at.

This novella is completely bizarre – and it goes from a suburban drama to a really dark and unsavory place, and fast. This is the kind of novella I read in a single sitting – I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely was engrossed in the lives of the characters and the setting – even the themes. I devoured this one. And it left me wanting more. Like, I wish this had been a full novel-length book.

If you don’t care much for adult themes or really dark plot lines, this might not be the right book for you. If this kind of thing really draws you in (like it does for me), then this is one that you definitely should not miss. It’s dark, but it’s oh-so-good – almost like a forbidden good, if you know what I mean?

I cannot wait to read more by this author!

5 stars
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