If I could use one word to describe Narcoleptic Hooker by Emma Janson, it would be ‘fun’. I had so much fun reading this novel that I would definitely read it again and I am excited for the second book in the series to come out.
The title of the novel pretty much gives away what it is about. Narcoleptic Hooker revolves around Penelope “Penny” Fortunata, a hooker with narcolepsy who has mob affiliations. The novel starts out in 2054 with a reporter trying to get Penelope to tell him how she eradicated crime in the city of Las Vegas. After asking the reporter to leave her home, she decides to recount her past and this is where most of the novel takes place.
The reader gets a look into the life of Penny and her roommate/best friend, Kichi–also a hooker. Throughout the novel the reader gets to experience the bond that these two women have with one another as they navigate their way through life. From boyfriends (and almost fiancés) to traumatic childhoods and mob affiliated dangers, these women stick together and make one another stronger.
Janson’s story line was not only comical and fun to read, but it was also suspenseful and kept me hooked throughout its entirety. I was a little concerned that the book would be too vulgar and crude for me (since the story is entirely about a hooker), and although it is quite a bit of both, I found that the story line made up for it. Janson has a talent for making not only the main story line interesting, but also paying just as much attention to the various subplots. On top of this, her character creation skills were spot on. There was never a time in the novel where I questioned if Penny, Kichi, or any of the other secondary characters would actually react a certain way to the situations that they were placed in. By the end of the novel, I felt that I truly knew who the characters were and what they believed in.
I will say that there were a few grammatical/spelling errors that distracted me from the story that Janson was telling. I was also disappointed with the ending; not because it was a bad ending, but because it ended in a cliffhanger. It left me with questions…questions that I hope will be answered in the next novel.
Until then, I would definitely recommend this novel if you are looking for a fun and entertaining read.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.
A personal copy of the book was used for the review. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.