#BookReview : Seven Suspects by Renee James : @ReneeJAuthor @oceanviewpub

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My Thoughts:

This story is set in Chicago and involves Bobbi Logan, a successful business woman and owner of Salon L’Elegance.  Originally born a man, but went through gender transition to become the woman she is now.  The story is told through Bobbi, she has a tough life as a woman, having to deal with bullying, bigotry and people’s ignorance as well as having t deal with the process of being a rape victim.  When Bobbi realises she is being stalked, her paranoia and insecurities are evident.  But with assistance from her ex-wife Betsey, her best friend Cecelia and the help of her ex boyfriend Phil a policeman, they start work out who it could be.  They come up with a list of six names between them that could have a possible grudge.  Bobbi has an ability to annoy people, it’s a trait that she cannot seem to control.

I admit to being intrigued by this book when I requested it via Netgalley, the synopsis seemed a little bit different from most stories I normally read.  But by the end I felt a little deflated, the characters were reasonably well described and the setting descriptions were okay.  I think however the pacing of the story just didn’t quite feel quite right for me, it felt like it had a more laid back ambling feel to it when I was expecting something a little faster given the subject matter. I would also like to point out , that towards the end of the book that there is some violence that does not make very nice reading, and I did skim through those parts.  I am not going into detail about what this was about, but if I had been aware of the inclusion of this I would not have requested the book. This is a book that describes how life as a transgender woman has to deal with living a normal life.  It gives some examples of how dealing with humiliation, ignorance and bullying on a regular basis for being different is like.  In some ways this aspect of the story stood out more that the main plot itself.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for my copy of this book.  My thoughts are my own and are honest and unbiased.

Description:

About the Author:
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Renee James is the pen name of a Chicago-area transgender writer. She is a Vietnam veteran, licensed hairdresser, and wilderness adven­turer. Before becoming an award-winning novelist, she was a decorated magazine editor and writer, and a successful entrepreneur. Her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder (republished as Transition to Murder) was the 2012 Chicago Writers Association Indie Book of the Year and a bronze medalist in ForeWord Book Reviews, LGBT category.
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