A homeless girl with a dark secret is taken into a “Home for Burgeoning Entertainers.”
After white teenager Domino loses her closest friend to the cops, she desperately needs money to spring him from jail. In steps Ms. Karina, a white woman offering Domino employment at an establishment for promising girls. Soon Domino travels with her new employer from Detroit to Texas and the large, secluded farmhouse where Karina—Madam Karina—runs her establishment. But also along for the ride is Wilson—possibly an alternate personality created by Domino’s past traumas, possibly something more. Wilson likes violence. A lot. The home is a brothel where girls are billed for everything and must entertain their way up the ranks (from “Carnation” through “Daisy” to “Tulip”) before offering sexual services sans intercourse at “Lily” and finally reaching “Violet.” Each rank garners a larger cut of earnings, but the hazing is tough and progression depends on the manipulative desires of the unhinged Madam Karina, who never wants her girls to abandon her. While uncovering dangerous secrets, present-tense narrator Domino befriends sweet, white Poppet and brown-skinned Cain, a mysterious male servant who’s rumored to have a violent past. But his past has nothing on Domino’s, which is long alluded to and teased out; but when it—and the delightful Wilson—strikes, it’s a doozy. Domino’s trenchant, colloquial voice makes a great, grounding foil for Wilson’s threat.
A dark, twisted stand-alone. (Thriller. 14-adult)