Zoey James has pimp trouble. And even though he doesn’t know it, her pimp has Zoey trouble. Big Zoey trouble. In a dark world of meth addiction, trailer parks and abuse, Zoey has seen it all. But when she and her disabled sister are forced into a small-town sex ring, the teenage girls find out just how brutal the world can be. And when someone kills her mother as retaliation for a failed escape attempt, Zoey decides to fight back. Teaming up with a photojournalist, Zoey exposes wealthy and powerful men who play in the dirty, back-alley world of modern slavery. The price for her cooperation is freedom. The cost of failure is her life.
Everything about The Black Lens made for an absolutely phenomenal read. I’ve read quite a few books already this year and this is easily among the top five. Really, needing to talk about it has brought me back to blogging after a month or so off!
Christopher Stollar is a new author to me but one I will be looking out for in the future as this book kept me hooked. Despite it being an intense read where I had to pause and absorb a few times over, I read Zoey’s story in a matter of a few days. The pacing was extremely well done in order to create a story that will keep you frantically flipping pages.
There’s a lot of darkness in this story and I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but if you’re looking for an exploration of the nastier side of humanity, this is going to be a great fit. You’ll be rooting for the characters right from the beginning, especially as you learn more about how they got pulled into this world that you’d never wish on anyone.