The Hustle by Elizabeth Roderick

TW for drug use, sex incl coerced sex, violence.

I have to start by pointing out that none of the characters in this book are explicitly described as autistic. Though the main character shows some traits that remind me of myself, and there is a minor character that very strongly reads as autistic. This does not take from the book in any way, but just thought I’d point it out.

If you like sex, drugs and murder, then this is a book for you. The main character, Liria, is a heroin addicted lesbian who is trying to sort out her life. It is set in California, Vegas and New York, with a side trip to Chicago. Elizabeth captures the atmosphere of these places very well.

She also captures the life of an addict. Though I have never used heroin, I did live with an ex-addict and he’d told me a lot about his former life. Elizabeth’s account sounded authentic and realistic.

The novel contains quite a few sex scenes. So if that’s not your thing, then this book might not be for you. If it is your thing, however, then you are in for a treat. Elizabeth writes these scenes really well. The scenes are mainly f/f though there are a few m/f scenes at the start.

Though it’s not exactly a detective novel, there are some murders along the way. And I like trying to figure out whodunnit in these cases. I kinda had it figured out, mostly saw the plot twists, but missed the major one at the end. Which did leave me quite confused as I’m still not certain what exactly happened. But that’s a good thing, as at least it wasn’t boring.

So, all-in-all I really enjoyed this book. Just the thing to while away an afternoon while avoiding chores. Think I’m going to have to read the rest of the series now…

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