I’m sharing my review today for Fishnet by Kirsten Innes as part of the blog tour and it’s an honour to part of the tour. My thanks go to Black and White Publishing for the copy and the opportunity to be on the tour.
Twenty year old Rona Leonard walks out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappears.
Six years on, worn down by a tedious job, child care and the aching absence in her life, Fiona’s mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute. Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry. As she is drawn into a complex world, Fiona makes shocking discoveries that challenge everything she believed, and will ultimately change her life forever.
Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet takes a clear-eyed, meticulously researched, controversial look at the sex industry and the lives of sex workers, questioning our perception of contemporary femininity.
Fishnet is a story that I will not forget in a hurry, it’s a story that really got under my skin and had me totally gripped.
Based around the sex industry and Fiona’s search for her sister Rona, Fishnet has you walking in Fiona’s shoes feeling the frustration and confusion that is palpable throughout this story. Six years since Rona just vanished and Fiona’s life hasn’t been the same, she’s now working in a job she doesn’t particularly like and she has distanced herself from her friends. Her world is consumed by finding out what happened to her sister and as the reader you can’t help feeling sorry for Fiona and I had this desperate need to find out the truth like it was my little sister that was missing.
As Fiona delves into the sex worker world it’s clear that not everything is as black and white as portrayed in this industry. Along with Fiona my eyes were opened up to a different world and an understanding as to how these women work. It was quite fascinating.
Fishnet is very unique in its writing style and I will admit it did take a little bit of getting used to at the beginning. The only way to describe it is, it’s set in sections with alternating chapters in each section with added blog posts from sex workers and their customers, it has an impact and it’s something I’ve never come across before in a book and once I got used to it I really liked it. I’ve not described it very well so really to understand you best go buy the book 😉
I take my hat off to Kirstin Innes, she has written a book that is raw and powerful and it’s clear there has been a lot of research done for this story. Fishnet is a story that will open your eyes, it will get under your skin and have you turning the pages like your life depended on it. A truly remarkable debut novel and one I will happily recommend. I’m looking forward to seeing what Kirstin Innes has up her sleeve next.