I love thrillers, I also love erotica, and this week I had the opportunity to listen to an audiobook that delivered wonderfully on both counts. The book is Bangkok Noir by Lisabet Sarai, narrated by Jazmin Kensington.
Set in the red light district of Bangkok, this story is told from the perspective of the owner of, and one of the girls who work at, the only S&M bar in the city. Someone has begun gruesomely murdering girls who work in the district and all of the murders have some sort of bdsm connection. The police lieutenant who is leading the investigation has hidden bdsm desires of his own, and begins a relationship with Dianna, the owner of the club. At the same time Nok, the girl who works in the bar, begins a relationship with Sam, an American who seems to have dark secrets of his own.
This is one of those stories that stands out from the rest. A thrilling plot, compelling and very well developed characters, a fascinating setting, and outstanding narration that brings the characters to life all combine to make this a book that I didn't want to leave for a second from start to finish. Really, my only complaint about this book is that it leaves us with a cliff-hanger and I really want to know the rest of the story.
I'm giving Bangkok Noir five out of five paddles, I highly recommend this book.