~FREE PDF ♷ Fishnet ☪ Twenty Year Old Rona Leonard Walks Out Of Her Sister Fiona S Flat And DisappearsSix 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 ForeverBittersweet, 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
I was really really excited for this book and really really wanted to enjoy it, but the writing was thoroughly confusing, moving from first to third person tense every few chapters, as well as back and forth from present to past I think anyway I found myself completely lost on who was who, and what was going on throughout, unfortunately I appreciate an original prose and style of writing, but this just flat out had me scratching my head at times At the heart of this novel, there is a mystery about a missing girl that is somewhat resolved at the end, but kind of left in the open as well Our protagonist was all over the place as well I felt like maybe she had severe mental problems, and thought for some time we were dealing with an unreliable narrator situation All in all, just a little bit disappointed things weren t as straightforward and fleshed out with the end, I wantedanswers and definite resolution and didn t really feel like I got that I did not ever feel like I was going to dnf this, and was thoroughly intrigued throughout, so that s definitely a positive for me to take away from this, especially for an end of the year read Even though I was a little disappointed with this overall, I do think it gave an accurate depiction of the lifestyle of prostitutes, escorts, and anyone else involved in the sex trade, and could definitely sense the author did extensive research, as she explained in the afterword which was kind of sad.I would cautiously recommend this to anyone looking for a different type of mystery suspense read Despite having just an okay experience with this one, I will definitely check out this author s forthcoming work Very interested to see what other friends with similar taste think about this one From the synopsis, I thought this book sounded really interesting, but I was disappointed It was not the mystery I was expecting The chapters jumped back and forth on different timelines with no indication of what time in Fiona s life they were actually talking about you just had to figure it out, which took away from the story It was unnecessarily confusing That coupled with the dialogue that tried to mirror the person s pronunciation instead of the actual correct spelling of the word, and the overuse of eh and wee equaled me not enjoying this book. I wanted to hold off on reading Kirstin Innes novel, Fishnet , for as long as possible because it isn t released in the United States until October 15, but this cover really kept staring at me and I caved I have to give kudos to the designer for the cover design because it s honestly one of the best covers that I ve seen this year Sexy, confident, and dark Fishnet s cover immediately attracted me to knowabout this story Within the pages of this story is a well rounded, honest depiction of a world many of us would consider taboo Fishnet showcases the understanding of how sex workers are portrayed in society and we get a deep dive into their day to day realities The main protagonist, Fiona Leonard, is an administrative assistant at a contracting firm Her tedious and lack of inspiring job has put her at a standstill Six years ago, her sister Rona, disappeared without a trace, leaving her daughter and life behind Fiona, now mother to her sister s daughter Bethan is juggling motherhood, career, and the search to find her sister Her parents are tired of searching, but Fiona is not going to give up For years, Fiona has come up empty in her search for Rona, until she stumbles across some information leading to her sister s personal life Fiona finds out that Rona was or is a sex worker Curious to knowabout this industry and driven to find her sister, Fiona dives into this taboo industry to investigate At first very hesitant, she can t help but feel enad by the industry confidence, feminism, comradery, and well of course, sex Fiona dives into this world she knew nothing about, but will it help her find her sister For those who are curious, Fishnet provides a voyeuristic view of the world of contemporary sex work I found it extremely compelling and thought provoking, and I also felt that it educated me in a way to the misconceptions people have about this industry The prose in Fishnet is atmospheric and honest, and really delivers an eye opening experience I highly recommend to anyone looking for a beautifully told fiction novel that can stand on its own two feet.The writing style in Fishnet is very interesting, to say the least It ll definitely take you some getting used to as the point of views jump from second person to third person The chapters also jump between a variety of timelines not necessarily before and after, although that does indeed happen Present v Past , but also between timelines within the storyline being presented You ll understand what I mean when you get to it It took me until I was 25% to interpret this format faster It s really my only heads up and the fact that the book has a Scottish dialect not a critique, just a statement.Kirstin Innes, I really want to learnabout your journalism background Fishnet is one of theoriginal, no holds barred novels that I ve ever read I appreciated the candor between Fiona and the sex workers she met along her journey This book s journey is surely going to captivate readers, not just me. A women s desire to find out what happened to her missing sister and the sex industry are the cornerstones of what could be for some a story of revelations and home truths For six years Fiona Leonard has wondered what has become of her sister Rona Unhappy in her job and looking after a child, her life will be totally unhinged when she discovers that Rona worked as a prostitute before she went out of Fiona s life Believing that her sister is at risk, Fiona embarks on an investigation into the profession as a whole with startling conclusions.Through meetings with workers, checking online and through groups, Fiona is shocked to find out that the reality of the industry is a far cry from what the media portrays Although bad things happen, for the most part, people are in complete control of their job, do not suffer abuse at the hands of their clients and drug abuse is not rampant This has a profound effect on Fiona who comes to think that Rona is happy with her life and has every right to not want to be found by her loved ones With this information on board, Fiona s whole outlook changes and will give her the opportunity to go forward with her existence.From the start, it is clear that this is not a mystery story Rona s disappearance and her fate is a clear second in a story that isabout self discovery and acceptance I said a the start that for some this book would be a revelation but for someone like my good self, far less so This inadvertently had the effect for me at least of preaching to the converted I am not someone who believes the misunderstandings and poor representation sprouted by the media that evolves into perceptions as fact As a result of that, it seemed the author tried overly hard to educate and for someone else would have been mind blowing Other than that, this was an amazing read with imperfect characters and a narrative that somehow flows despite the chapters that go back and forth like nothing I have ever read before. Fiona s sister has vanished She begins her journey to find her Yet this isn t solely about finding her sister As one might expect it is also about finding herself She chooses a direction based on previously gained information and an understanding of what she will encounter Fiona, from my reading, hopes for an individual resurgence accompanied by a resurrection of her sister, as she steps unto a new path Kirstin Innes leads the reader in shaking off stereotypes about sex workers in a similar manner that Fiona shakes off the chrysalis she previously inhabited Although her metamorphosis seems complete for this phase of her life, I was left believing there would be others in her future, just as there were in her past An interesting view of how we transform and transfix on new horizons She rejects the role where she once lay down as a victim of painful changes, to stand on her own two beloved feet Although this could easily have strayed into high drama or simply good entertainment the restraint and realism in Innes writing avoids cheap thrills Within these pages, I consistently perceived the message that life is not our enemy but our teacher It is all about walking toward your future with a sure step and steady gaze Once we recognise ourselves in the mirror that self knowing becomes our bedrock, giving us unshakable faith, even when meeting strange new circumstances Even in the dead of night, on a lonely shore, buffeted by the winds of fate our faith in ourselves can hold A story, for me, that was all about learning to flow rather than becoming swamped with the tides of life. Fishnet by Kristen Innes is unlike any book I ve read before Delving into the lives of sex workers from a woman, Fiona, investigating the disappearance of her sister, Rona, a sex worker in Scotland learns a great deal about sex work in the process Fiona befriends many of these women who teach her about sex work as a career rather than a means of survival, which blows Fiona s mind Fishnet is told in alternating perspectives as well as timelines which does make it hard to follow at times and definitely requires the reader to pay close attention The mystery here is interesting but it really comes secondary to the lives of these women I m definitely eager to see what Innes writes next Thank you to Gallery Books for an advanced copy All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars This book was sent to me for review by the publisher Freight Books, and I am very thankful for thisFishnet is the debut novel of Scottish writer Kirstin Innes, and I for one was thoroughly impressed by it I first heard about the book on the Bookish Blether podcast which you should all check out because it is fantastic listening , and as I have been lacking in the Scottish contemporary fiction department, I was pleasantly surprised to have Freight Books offer to send me a copy for review.The novel follows Fiona Leonard, a woman in her late 20s who works a depressing office job for a construction company or something in that area , has a young primary school age daughter Bethan to look after solo, and who is still troubled by the disappearance of her sister Rona 6 years before When she finds out that before her disappearance, Rona was working as a prostitute, Fiona s life is turned upside down As she delves into the world of the sex industry in an attempt to try and find Rona, her beliefs and moral values are shaken to the core.I for one didn t know much about the sex industry, other than the fact that it existed, which was why this book was such a fascinating and eye opening read Not only does Innes go into the details of how sex workers conduct their business in a variety of ways, it also goes into the legal challenges, the support networks, and the motivations of those involved The book was incredibly well researched, and as soon as I finished it my head was still full of all the information I had taken in albeit in a fictionalised format , and I am incredibly tempted to go and researchabout the sex industry myself.The story is told primarily from Fiona s point of view, but the story jumps around in time a fair bit, which at times made me feel as a reader quite overwhelmed It was like I was in the thick of it with her The addition of blog posts from various women in the business was brilliant it showed how they advertised themselves, the rules and regulations they placed on their business transactions with the punters , and how they challenged the conventional ideas of prostitutes and sex work in general What I also loved was the fact that the book didn t just primarily focus on women in the sex industry, but also briefly touched on men s roles as sex workers I almost wish there wasof this in a way.I liked Fiona as a narrator she wasn t perfect, and her thoughts were bared to the reader in a way that let you really connect with her, through the good and the bad She came across as judgemental, but understandingly so, and I loved watching her thought processes and belief system evolve as she researchedand , and came into contact with people in a variety of positions no pun intended within the business I d like to think I was always quite open to the sex industry as a whole, and I have never really been against it for the most part However, even I found my thoughts surprisingly and sadly turning the way of Fiona s initial thoughts, and I felt that my beliefs and thoughts evolved along with hers although mine were never as black and white as hers in the beginning.The book was well written and put its message across wonderfully At times I was a little confused by the jumps in time, because I wondered at times whether or not I was still listening to Fiona s voice, or if I had disappeared back to Rona as she opens and ends the book , but for the most part I was completely enthralled by the story I read this in two sittings, on two long train journeys, and I was surprised to find out how sucked into this book I was Usually I find myself easily distracted when surrounded by other people, noise, announcements etc but not with this one I was lost in the world, where the setting was so familiar but the inner workings were not.I would recommend this to anyone honestly If you are interested in the subject, it is incredibly eye opening, and if you re just interested in reading some new Scottish writing then you should definitely make it a priority to get your hands on this Excellent stuff and I can t wait to see what s next from Kirstin Innes. This is a difficult novel to read for two reasons The subject matter and the way the story is told I ve read a couple other books about the sex industry over the years, and those were hard to read, too, even if I do wish that, like apparently is the case in Scotland, it was decriminalized in the United States I d like it if sex workers could see cops as their allies and not their enemies, but that s not how we deal with nonviolent criminals in the U.S As to my second point, I m used to reading books that jump around between present and past and different points of view, but this bounces around without giving me clear guidance as to where I am, and thus I found it frustrating and confusing The author has a clear agenda of making sex work seemcomplicated than most of us usually see it Even those with empathy suppose it s usually a matter of emerging from a childhood of being sexually abused Even if it is mostly about money, wouldn t it be nice if other forms of work paid a livable salary, especially for single moms The premise of the novel is good Fiona s sister Rona has been gone for six years, and when Fiona learns that her sister made her living in sex work, she renews her pursuit to discover what happened to her sister by reading blogs of sex workers and befriending a few of them in real life I didn t find the ending entirely satisfying Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel. I don t understand the hype around this book, it was very mediocre And the amount of times the word wee got used, made me want to throw my Kindle against the wall.