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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  511 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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 investig
Paperback, 266 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Freight Books (first published April 6th 2015)
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It’s been six years since Fiona Leonard’s younger sister Rona arrived at her flat with her new baby daughter and then left leaving her child behind. No-one has seen or heard from her since and Fiona has been left bringing up her niece on her own as if she is her own child.

When the company she works for is involved in the demolition of an area of Edinburgh where prostitutes work from they start to kick up a fuss and protest outside her work. Hav
Theresa Alan
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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 readi
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 know more about this story. Within the pages of this story is a well-rounded, honest depict ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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 de
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This book was sent to me for review by the publisher Freight Books, and I am very thankful for this!

Fishnet 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 r
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok

review now up on my blog :)
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what I was getting into reading this book as I hadn't read any reviews. But I was more than pleasantly surprised that it included so much content beyond the storyline. Fiona is searching for her sister, Rona who disappeared six years ago and was apparently working as a prostitute. Fiona is raising Rona's daughter as her own and struggles to balance work and a social life being a single mother. But finding her sister becomes a priority, and in searching she meets several young women ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Novel set in SCOTLAND

This review first appeared on our blog, where we also chat to the author:

Kirstin Innes’ debut novel Fishnet explores the world of the sex worker in Scotland through the story of two sisters, Fiona and Rona. It won the Guardian Not the Booker Prize in 2015, so you might feel a little trepidation as you embark on it. And so you should. This is a challenging read.

If, like me, you begin by holding the opinion that all prostitution is expl
David Harris
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to the publisher for a review copy of this book.

This book - Innes' debut novel - is thoughtful, sometimes angry, sometimes funny, always well written, and deserves a wide readership.

Fiona Leonard, a young Glasgow officeworker, splits her life between work and caring for six year old Beth. Hovering over the family is the unspoken presence of Rona, Fiona's younger sister who disappeared several years before. Neither Fiona nor her parents have come to terms with this, but the time is n
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent debut novel with one of the most engaging narratives I've read so far this year. Fiona is an easy to read voice, a familiar Scottish every-woman for our time who is instantly likeable, loath-able and loveable at the same time while all the more identifiable for her ‘flaws’.

It would be too easy a subject matter for a lazy author to scratch the surface of then backfill with assumptions and stereotypes—that's not the case here. Without revealing any spoilers, the world of the s
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a strong debut, ambitious and persuasive. I think the journalistic roots of the subject and approach slightly hamper the book as a novel, and I found the plot too contrived for that reason. But the middle section is excellent, getting into the complex issues around prostitution in ways that provoke real thought and further discussion.
Hannah Wingfield
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, well-researched, thought-provoking, well-written.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Fishnet is about Fiona finding out that before her sister Rona disappeared six years ago, she was a sex worker. Fiona becomes obsessed with find more about the industry to find clues into Rona’s disappearance.
There was a lot of alternating between the past and present and it was easy to follow most of the time, but there were a few times where it took me a few sentences to realize we had jumped in time.
Going into this book I thought that Fiona and Rona’s stories were going to be the focus howe
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
Fishnet's neon cover grabbed my interest and the story of sex worker life in Scotland kept me reading.

Fiona is worn down and bored with her life. She lives with her parents so they can help with childcare and she works a demeaning office assistant type of job where she spends most of her time looking things up on the internet. it's been six years since her younger sister Rona, walked out of her life and Fiona is convinced she's become a sex worker. Fiona decides the logical way to find Rona is b
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fiona Leonard goes on a quest to find her sister, Rona, who disappeared 6 years ago. Rona was a sex worker and Fiona starts to investigate the industry to learn more. As she does she finds herself being pulled into the trade.

This book was a bit hard for me to get into. The storyline made me uncomfortable in some spots and since the book takes place overseas, the language was hard for me to understand. The author uses the term “eh” a lot and I couldn’t understand why. I’m guessing it’s just how t
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was gripped from the start and although the ending was *totally* to my satisfaction, this was a great read!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My normal reading genre is mysteries and thrillers, this was neither. It is fiction but written in such a way that the reader is always wondering. It is the story of a young woman who is working at a mundane job and caring for her daughter. She’s also looking into the background of her sister who disappeared seven years earlier right after bringing her the infant and then leaving. It is the story of sex workers in Scotland and, in particular, the stories of Fiona and Rona. It is also worth readi ...more
Mia Smith
s always, I would like to thank @netgalley and @bookouture for providing me a digital copy of “Fishnet,” by Kirsten Innes, to read and review.

The synopsis:
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,
Vic James
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-the-booker
FISHNET blended the authenticity of journalism and the narrative cleverness of well-written fiction. I found it absorbing and convincing.

I enjoyed the textual fun Innes has with different media - utilising adverts, blog entries, even client reviews - and uncharacteristically rather enjoyed the confused and uncertain narrative voices and time-sequence. It challenged me to think about whose voice we were hearing and where an event happened in the 'real-world' chronology of the narrative, which was
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm having a really busy time tonight and off to London first thing so expect a fuller review over on my blog once things are a little quieter. So first of all, I really liked Fishnet because it's one of the few books to deal with the sex industry with some depth and attempt to see it from both sides and more importantly show it as healthy when it's a conscious choice.

I had this weird feeling reading it, though, and I wasn't sure what it was. I think, after a little time to dwell on it, that a l
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fans of Kirstin Innes' journalism will not be surprised to learn that her debut novel demonstrates many of the things that always made her worth reading: depth, sensitivity, sensuality, characters that you genuinely want to get to know. The fact that she has done all this while producing a startling, relevant book, bursting with passion and political conscience - while being in no way self-righteous - is all the more reason to hope that we haven't seen the last of her fiction side...
Elizabeth (Donnamartinreads)
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how I let this one sit on my unread shelf for so long, but I'm kicking myself for it.

I honestly picked this one for the cover. It's gorgeous, kinda seedy, and speaks to the titillating subject matter. And let's be honest, I'm always in the mood for titillating subject matter. So right off the bat, this book is killing it.
The content, however, is above and beyond the clearly amazing cover. I was absolutely blown away.

Six years ago, Fiona Leonard's sister Rona showed up on her door
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mount-tbr-2017
"Why can't we save the worry about damage and trauma for those who actually have been damaged. If you blur the lines between my job, or some boring sex some bored girl had once with the old guy from the shop because there was nothing else to do in her town - if you keep on maintaining that these things inflict the same amount of psychic damage as actual acts of rape and abuse, you trivialise those acts. And you make criminals and victims out of people who are neither."

This is an engrossing read.
Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
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 wor
Beth Roberts
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Not sure what I was expecting this book to be but it wasn't whatever my preconceptions were. In a good way. In fact, this book was kind of mind blowing for the things it made me think about and the way it made me feel.

Maybe the dog isn't too old to learn a few new tricks.

Here's some of what I thought this book would be about:
1. A missing sister. Is she alive or dead? Is she dead because she's a prostitute? Common assum
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC.
Fishnet was very different from anything I've ever read before. Not only was the writing unique, but the topic was as well. One of the reasons I read is to learn more and to gain more points of view than I previously had, and that's something Fishnet definitely accomplished for me. I would recommend Fishnet to anyone looking for something dark, gritty, and uncommon in the best ways.
The story mainly follows Fiona's point of view, and revolves
Thanks to Net Galley for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fiona is 29 is stuck in a blah life -living at home with mum and dad and and taking care her small child. She works at a dull entry level office job, where she is degraded by her coworkers regularly. Her sister Rona has been missing for 7 years. She makes a renewed effort to find her and uncovers that her sister was and possibly still is a prostitute. She becomes fascinated and ends up helping an orga
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Fishnet is a novel about worn out young mother, Fiona, and how she is sucked into the world of sex work by the knowledge that her sister, Rona, worked as a prostitute before she went missing. In an attempt to make use of the first lead she has in six years, she meets and befriends several prostitutes to find any knowledge of where her sister might be. A journey of self-discovery, she uncovers not only more information about the sex industry but also about herself.

This book was untraditional in
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Kirstin Innes is an award-winning journalist and arts worker who lives in the west of Scotland. Fishnet, her debut novel, was published in April 2015 by Freight, and won The Guardian Not The Booker Prize. Her short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and recorded for BBC Radio 4, and she's had short plays performed at Tron Theatre and The Arches in Glasgow. Her journalism has be ...more
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