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.