Fiona discovers that her sister Rona was working in the sex industry before she went missing six years ago. The revelation blows Fiona’s humdrum life apart, in Kirstin Innes’ debut novel Fishnet*.
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Fiona is worn down and weary with life. Six years ago, her sister Rona disappeared from her life and there’s been no word from her ever since.
And then her world is turned upside down again, when she discovers that Rona had been working as a sex worker before she vanished.
Fiona becomes determined to try and track her sister down, or at least find out what happened to her. As she gets closer to the truth, it takes her to the edges of the sex industry.
Will she find Rona?
I’m thrilled to be playing host to the blog tour for Fishnet* today!
I always love a good thriller, so when I was invited to review Fishnet, I was very happy to accept.
And the book opens with a hard-hitting prologue that grabbed my attention right away.
Fiona’s humdrum life revolves around her office job and young daughter. So it’s a huge shock when Fiona discovers the hidden side to her sister’s life. How could she have been working as a sex worker without her family having any idea?
Fishnet follows Fiona as she tries to piece together what lead to her sister’s disappearance. In trying to track Rona down, she also learns more about the sex industry and the women who work in it.
Through Fiona’s eyes, we learn how the women see themselves, their work and their clients. It’s a story which is hard hitting and provocative, but also empathetic and moving.
Kirstin Innes flits between Fiona’s public duties and the investigation she is carrying out in private. Her innermost thoughts are contrasted against her outward actions, and her family life alternates with her growing obsession with the sex workers she has met.
Now, obviously, this book deals with an adult subject, and the language used is justifiably adult as well. Fishnet definitely isn’t a PG rated novel!
But neither is it gratuitous. Kirsten Innes researched this book carefully and used her research to craft realistic characters who you will grow to like and respect. They’re strong, gritty and loyal, straightforward and complicated in turn. Fiona discovers this, and it has a long-lasting impact on her.
The book is shocking at times but its ending left me feeling that both Rona and Fiona’s stories had been suitably resolved.
Fishnet is a book of contrasts, and one that I really enjoyed reading. It’s a great debut, and I look forward to seeing more from this author!
Rona Leonard walks out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappears.
Six years on, worn down by work, child care and the aching absence in her life, Fiona’s existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute.
Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet is a story of love and grief, interwoven with an empathetic, controversial take on the sex industry and its workers. An outstanding novel, it challenges assumptions about power, vulnerability and choice.
A controversial and compelling debut novel: 7/10