Title: Twisted Pretty Things
Author: Ariana Nash
First published August 5, 2021
328 pages, ebook
In the dark and dangerous world of illegal auctions and stolen magical artifacts, John “Dom” Domenici is out of his depth. But when he’s offered a job at Kempthorne & Co Artifact Retrieval Agency, he can’t say no.
His first assignment: track down an illegal artifact dealer. But the billionaire boss, Alexander Kempthorne, has deadly secrets, and an American agent is hot on Dom’s trail.
As Dom races to solve the case, he uncovers something far more sinister stalking the streets of London. With the help of Kempthorne and the alluring American agent, Dom must stop the darkness before it consumes them all.
Twisted Pretty Things is a thrilling urban fantasy novel filled with action, mystery, and MM romance from the award-winning author of Silk & Steel and Prince’s Assassin. Get ready to be swept away in this fast-paced adventure through the shadows of London.
About the Author
Ariana Nash was raised by wolves and only leaves her home on the Cornish moors during full moons, when stories of myths and legends come to life. She captures these tales in glass jars and weaves them into stories of forbidden desires, fantasy worlds, and wicked pleasures.
Her first novel, Silk & Steel, became a top seller on Amazon in various categories for three months, including LGBT Bestsellers in Horror and Fantasy, as well as Hot New Releases in LGBT Fantasy and Horror.
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Twisted Pretty Things by Ariana Nash is a dark and enthralling read that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Nash is an up-and-coming author who has already made waves in the literary world, and this book only cements her status as a force to be reckoned with.
The genre of Twisted Pretty Things is difficult to define, as it blends elements of horror, suspense, and psychological thriller. The writing style is atmospheric and vivid, with Nash painting a richly detailed picture of the setting and the characters.
The themes of the book are difficult to stomach at times, but they are handled with sensitivity and nuance. The plot of Twisted Pretty Things centers around a young woman named Aubrey who is searching for her missing sister.
As she delves deeper into the seedy underbelly of her town, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a mysterious and sadistic killer. Along the way, she encounters a cast of complex and compelling characters who all have their own secrets to keep.
One of the strongest aspects of Twisted Pretty Things is the character development. Each character feels fully realized and multi-dimensional, with their own motivations and flaws.
Aubrey is a sympathetic and relatable protagonist, and readers will find themselves rooting for her as she navigates the dangerous landscape of the story. The pacing of the book is also well-done, with the tension ratcheting up gradually until the explosive finale.
The plot structure is tight and unpredictable, with Nash throwing in plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. The themes of the book, including trauma, identity, and power, are handled with sensitivity and depth.
However, there are a few weaknesses to the book. Some readers may find the violence and gore to be too much to handle, and there are moments when the plot verges on being too convoluted.
Additionally, some of the dialogue can feel stilted and unnatural. Overall, Twisted Pretty Things is a must-read for fans of horror and suspense.
Ariana Nash is a talented writer who has created a haunting and unforgettable story. Although it is not without its flaws, the strengths far outweigh them.
This book is not for the faint of heart, but those who can stomach it will be rewarded with a thrilling and thought-provoking read.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.