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


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.


About the Author:
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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4 thoughts on “#BookReview : Seven Suspects by Renee James : @ReneeJAuthor @oceanviewpub

    1. Thank you. This is my first transgender themed read. I did enjoy parts of it. It was one of those that just didn’t quite tick all the boxes for me. I find it really hard to review when this happens.

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