Review of The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins – Irvine Welsh

Posted: January 7, 2015 in general fiction, Review

the sex lives of siamse twins

Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach fitness instructor disarms a gunman chasing two homeless men. Overnight she becomes a media celebrity, courtesy of an eyewitness, overweight Lena Sorensen. Lena visits Lucy at Lucy’s gym with the declared intention of losing weight, though Lucy thinks otherwise. Lena is also trying to parley the media interest in her recent exploit into a TV deal. But the case isn’t that simple when personal details of the gunman and his victims hits the chattering shows.

This is Welsh’s thirteenth book, and it didn’t grab me at all. The story, starting with a hiss and a roar, promptly stalled for 130 pages. None of the major protagonists – Lucy, Lena, Lucy’s mother, various industry agents – caught my sympathy. The title refers to an internal media story relating to a pair of co-joined female twins, one of whom is somewhat dissolute while the other is more a bible scholar. If you like Irvine Welsh, this may be for you. Personally, I’d rather have a good book.

Jonathan Cape

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Steve

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