Trap, Prey Lust by Carolyn Shanti ISBN 978-1-91263503-0 Launched February 26th 2019

The most notorious of the Hexagon Clubs is in London: exclusive, expensive, and catering to very rich men who seek endless highs in their nightly sexual sports. The super-rich elite travel constantly, wealthy scavengers looking for the next fix, the next sexual partner and a better, more expensive orgasm. There is no end to their greed and sexual extravagance.

The clubs have spread everywhere. Their history lies in the eccentric sexual practices of the English Gothic era, the sexual crimes of Nazi Germany and the ‘Book of the Dead’ from Ancient Egypt.

The senior members of the club are famous men, whose wealth and position have protected them from exposure or punishment for their sexual misdemeanours. Their daughters are raped, sexually abused and groomed from a young age, to be presented to the club as young whores for the new generation of members to enjoy. The protection of wealth and privilege that club members enjoy is absolute, until finally, their crimes are exposed.

This explosive and hard-hitting new novel, due for release in February 2019, called ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’ is based on the true story of the author’s experience of childhood sexual and ritual abuse.

Review of ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’ by Robin Dutt 

‘Of course, the intrigue starts with the title. Each word is more than a verb it is or could be, a ‘command word.’ These triumvirate of command words are intended to be discomforting. But the title can be read in other ways too. The words give more than a clue to the nature of the contents with a decidedly sinister and yet purposefully salacious intent. Carolyn Shanti’s words are throughout, tightly woven, even dense in detail and description is clearly something this author enjoys. And like all good story-telling, the text has pace and drive. The level of sensuality of much of the book, of awakening and desire is sensitively yet graphically handled which again keeps the pace keen. The deliberate, misplaced sexual intent represents the ‘hunger of the moment’. Shanti makes it a knowingly, but compulsive read.

Certainly, there is a filmic quality to the novel – not as a big screen construct – but more assuredly a compelling 3-part series, say – much like the old publication device, the 3-decker novel intended to increase interest. All the characters mentioned are well-sculpted, well-drawn with the eye of a keen observer and there is the feeling that both author and reader are actually within the text as perhaps silent and invisible ‘other players.’ The author has made a most uncomfortable yet magnetic stage linking present and past for this selection of totally believable jigsaw-misfits.’

Robin Dutt, Author of ‘Gilbert & George, Obsessions & Compulsions,’ Cats’ by Martin Leman (Foreword by Sir Roy Strong) and President of the Book Club and Creative Writing Society, Home House, London.

Review of the book ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’ the hidden sexual crimes of the rich and famous by Carolyn Shanti

Reviewer: Laurie Dack

This tale moves, from one juxtaposition to another.

A web of multi layered intrigue, entranced sexual desires, secret occult clubs with roots in ancient mystical practices; yet told with such sensitivity, empathy and heart.

The book opens with the author’s intimate medical history and case analysis from her homeopathic physician. She sought homeopathic support when unbidden memories and images of sexual abuse began percolating into her mind. With no context for these confusing, disparate memories her health collapsed.

This intimate investigation of her life experience is the backdrop for the cathartic story within story of Anna, a woman who is trapped by her passions that were deliberately and cunningly awakened far too early. Part of an ancient ritualistic practice, that preys on young girls, trapping them in their own lustful fantasies by slowly, insidiously arousing sexual feelings and dependency in children.

The story moves with a pace and energy, each page layering another twist, another thread to the tangled web. The characters are caringly woven – one face of English aristocracy; elevated, affluent, somewhat remote and another quieter face; solitary, wounded and full of longing.

Carolyn Shanti has created these people with a precision and depth that keeps unfolding with the swerves and twists of the tale.

She has achieved a remarkable juxtaposition between such horrendous, clandestine activities yet told with a gentle, even hopeful, healing hand.

Laurie Dack, RSHom, CCH – is a Homeopathic practitioner in Vancouver, Canada, where she has lived and practiced for over 30 years.

She has taught homeopathy at the Vancouver Academy for Homeopathy during its rein and at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, in Minnesota for over 20 years. She has presented to groups of her peers all over the world.