Against all odds, Bobbi Logan, a statuesque transgender woman, has become one of Chicago’s most celebrated hair stylists and the owner of one of the city’s poshest salons. She is finally comfortable with who she is, widely admired in her community, about to enjoy the success she deserves.
Then her impossibly perfect life falls apart.
In the space of a few weeks, the Great Recession drags her business to the brink of failure, her beloved ex-wife needs help in facing a terrible tragedy, and a hateful police detective storms back into her life, determined to convict her of the five-year-old murder of John Strand—pillar of the community—and a sexual predator.
As the detective builds an ever more convincing case against her, both of them will be shaken by revelations—about themselves, about their own deeply held secrets, and about the bizarre ritual murder of John Strand.
October 4, 2016
There are few books out there that have me contemplating life, crying, laughing and just plain wondering how life would be for me if I weren't me. PS: This is not an 'inspirational' book, but it's inspiring in its own way.
This is the second book I've ever read with a trans character as an MC, and considering the fact that I can barely remember the first one, I had very little hope for this book.
And then I meet Bobbi, Wilkins, Cecelia, Betsy and Lisa and all I could think was OH MY GOD! The characterization is one of the best qualities of this book. there were lots of characters and the POV was confusing at first but after 3% in I eased into it and the feels smacked me.
Like I said there were lots of characters but they were all unique, full of living and had their own story, that contributed to the main story even when it wasn't obvious. each character came with their own backstory, subplot and issues. All the while tackling the murder of a bastard that really doesn't deserve anyone paying for his death.
The main plot follows Wilkin (A homophobe and transphobe) who plans to convict Bobbi for the murder of John Stand (AKA the dead guy, AKA abusive sonofabitch AKA Transphobic bastard that should burn in hell for all the shit he did to Transwomen).
The beauty of this is that Wilkins starts off a bastard and slowly as he interviews witnesses to pin down Bobbi he begins to interact with strippers and prostitutes both gay and trans, as he spends time with hem he begins to see that they are just like every other person, he also begins to see how much of a bastard he was.
I would be happy if the story ended there but then the author threw in another subplot -Wilkins sickness, at first I want in the east bit remorseful because he kinda deserved it for how he treated the LGBT community but at the end I realised that he was just a guy who never got a chance to really look at people and just see people instead of seeing ‘fags’ 'tranny’ 'freaks’ and once he did I felt guilty because no one deserves cancer… except for John Strand but the bastard is dead (If you ask me, he got off easy. I would take a trip to hell just to beat the crap out of him)
While the case was always in the background, one of the surface plots was Bobbi dealing with the economic meltdown and the effect it had on her salon, her love-life or lack off, her ex-wife Betsy who's husband's death forced them to live together. I also got to watch Bobbi pine after Phil, to be honest, it was kinda sad to watch those two beat around the bush.
I expected the ending but it still felt like punch to the gut (It also made me realize that my idea of true love might be a bit skewed)
Seriously, this book is a gem, Five stars and maybe a date with the author... I'll settle for an interview though.