After five years of being the traveling companion and lover of a secretive man thirty years her senior, Erin Matthews fears his increasing paranoia. At age twenty-two, Erin escapes to a new city, determined to survive with her limited skills and experience. She cannot run, however, from the dark act that facilitated her escape. Making one bad decision after another, she lands in the Philadelphia demimonde world of entertainers, hustlers, and thugs. But will her newly learned skills, native intelligence, and honed instincts be enough to gain her the redemption and forgiveness she seeks?
In The Flawed Dance by Laura Elvebak, Erin Matthews is running from an abusive boyfriend who is connected to the mob. She takes refuge in Philadelphia, living with a friend of a friend. She finds a job and a place to live, but she can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Making one bad decision after another, she ends up back in the same situation and has to dig her way out, one painful shovelful at a time, while struggling to survive in the underworld of entertainers, thugs, and organized crime. The story has a ring of truth that makes you feel like you’re right there suffering with Erin. I was impressed at how real Erin seemed to me and how hard I rooted for her, even when she made the same mistakes again and again. It takes a really good author to do that. – Taylor Jones, Reviewer
The Flawed Dance by Laura Elvebak is the story of a young woman on the run from domestic violence. But it is much more than that. This is the story of life. Real life. Our heroine, Erin, leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees to a new city, trying to start a new life. But what she doesn’t realize is that you can’t run away from yourself. The bad decisions and mistakes she made that got her into trouble in the first place, she makes again. And again. Until she ends up back in the same bad place, with another abusive boyfriend, in trouble with the law, and struggling to survive in the shadowy world of dance clubs, bars, crime bosses, and the dreaded “room upstairs.” Erin is naive, inexperienced, and in way over her head. But she learns quickly. You can’t help but cheer for her as she tries to change not only her life and circumstances but also herself. The Flawed Dance is well-written and, at times, seems almost too real, the pain and desperation too authentic. Either the author lived the story, or she did some first-rate research. The story is intense, thought-provoking, and well worth the time to read. This one’s a keeper that you’ll want to read again and again. – Regan Murphy, Reviewer
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