What better way to start the year than with a little Irvine Welsh. “The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins” came as a surprise for me. While you can see strong female characters throughout Welsh’s books, this was the first one for me where there were two female leads, each strong but fucked up in their own way.
Short description of the book
The story begins with one of the protagonists, Lucy Brennan, personal trainer extraordinaire, disarming a gunman chasing two unarmed men. Her bravery is recorded by the second protagonist, an overweight artist, Lena Sorensen, who quickly begins to idolize Brennan.
Sorensen becomes a client of Brennan, and the two begin to get closer and closer. The differences between them and their belief systems are shown from the perspective they both had on a pair of Siamese twins (part of a reality show they watch) and said twins sex lives.
As the story evolves, we get to see insights on both their lives and what got them to where they are now: why Brennan is obsessed with winning and not showing any weaknesses and why Sorensen is overweight and has low self-esteem.
As almost all of Welsh’s books, the ending is something else, and I will let you discover that on your own, but it is anything but predictable. The book is easy to read, the action flows quickly, and it is in some ways quite educational as it is clearly seen that it was well researched.
As a badger’s final thoughts on this book, it is not for the faint-hearted, the language is sometimes cruel, but necessary, the subject is a little controversial, but it did give me a very good feeling and perspective at the end.