#BookReview: Fishnet by Kirstin Innes

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli


Rona Leonard was only twenty-years-old when she walked out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappeared.

Six years later—worn down by a tedious job, childcare, and an aching absence in her life—Fiona’s mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that Rona had been working as a prostitute before she vanished. Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry that claimed her sister. However, as she is drawn into this complex world, Fiona finds herself seduced by the power it offers women in a society determined to see them only as victims.

In bold, unflinching prose, Fishnet offers a clear-eyed look at the lives of sex workers, questioning our perception of contemporary femininity and challenging assumptions about power, vulnerability, and choice.


Fishnet by Kirsten Innes is a book to be respected! It is a story about sex workers and it affords us the opportunity to learn about the sex trade in Scotland. It will make you think about their situation and maybe you will change your thoughts about the sex trade. I do think the situation in Scotland is different than it is here in the States due to our laws and the safety in some areas of big cities.

Fishnet was a difficult story to read for a several reasons. One, most of us don’t like to think about the sex trade and would probably prefer to sweep it under the rug. Two, the dialog was told with the Scottish brogue. I didn’t always understand the slang and it took me a while to catch on. Third, the story not only changed from past to present but, was often being told by a different character. In my opinion these were not smooth transitions and it took me a page or two to figure it out. I was about 25% into the book before I caught onto the flow. 
Fishnet is a worthwhile book and worthy of your time especially if you have a curiosity about the sex trade.
I thought it was going to be more of a suspense story and this probably was not a comfortable subject for me to read about
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
3 Stars.

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