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Reviewed by Sandy Masia for Readers' Favorite
Silhouettes Changes by T.R. Gray follows three women as they navigate their multifaceted, complicated lives. The book follows Lexy, a gentleman's club owner, with a troubled past and a business to save; Kat, a dancer at the club, who is struggling to leave her abusive boyfriend and substance abuse; Kat's best friend, Beverly, who is a Christian trying to walk the path, save Kat's life and stay away from trouble. From the beginning our characters are stuck in a loop, ensnared by old habits and beleaguered by the past. The world around them has refused to change, but they are trying to make the best out of it in their own way — in a way that makes sense to them.
I went in expecting Silhouettes Changes to be an exploration of the adult industry and its ills through a religious prism — a cliched religious, interventionist work of fiction with a black and white view of complex issues. But that is not what I found here. Silhouette Changes is an honest story about human fragility and how unexpected influences can break our circles in frighteningly powerful ways. It's easy to relate to that, to see how honest it is, and think, "I see myself in some of this," despite leading a different life from these characters. And in the end, T.R. Gray does not pretend to have easy answers to the questions she raises about addiction, abuse, the ethics of the adult industry, religion, or deep family wounds. And isn't that refreshing? Life is just that — messy, hard, and sweet with moments of deep reflection and respite. Tragedy is always looming but you can live, find your answers, and stave off your demise. Be careful though, nothing's guaranteed. Silhouettes Changes is meticulously brilliant, deep, and enamoring!