A “thoughtful, bruising, poignant, and poetic” (Ian Rankin) debut in which a woman’s search for her missing sister leads her into the world of contemporary sex work.
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.
In British author Innes's gritty, unconventional debut, 20-year-old Rona Leonard vanishes, leaving her infant daughter in the care of her older sister, Fiona. Six years later, Fiona still a single mother working a dreary job in a failing business in an unnamed Scottish city attends a hen party in the last place her sister was seen, a touristy Highlands village. There Fiona meets a friend of her sister who forces her to accept that Rona was working as a prostitute when she disappeared. Stunned, Fiona becomes obsessed with the online ads for sex workers, as well as with the women plying their trade near her grim office building as she tries to discover what became of Rona. Fiona's preconceptions of prostitution and her own dead-end life are shattered as she gets to know women trading sex for cash. Innes tends to take to the soapbox to champion the rights of sex workers, and Fiona's efforts to get out of her rut at times matter more than her quest to find Rona. Still, this is a captivating mystery with plenty of mainstream appeal.