An explosive erotic thriller about one woman's voyage into the heart of evil When Nora vows to seek justice for the murder of her sister, a shy, vulnerable woman she never really knew, she undertakes a daring scheme to seduce a lethal and manipulative man known only as M. Yes, there's lots of eroticism in this book but it's more about humiliation than violence. Instead, she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism, trapped in a passion so dark and perverse, and yet so compelling, that she is willing to risk her life. Silently, he watched the young couple on the bridge. I have read some hardcore risque books. Determined to bring the monster that murdered her sister to justice, Nora descends into his world of domination and submission, first to seduce him and then betray him to the law. But M is an extremely bright man and turns the tables on Nora.
It is not for the faint of heart. At story's end, Nora knows she's been bent, perhaps forever. Not really erotic, but likely to be talked about. Then a man stepped in front of Franny and scared the living daylights out of her. Despite warnings from Joe, the detective on the case, and Ian, her normal boyfriend, Franny jumps into a relationship with M thinking she will have the upper hand since she believes he killed her and thinks she can stay objective. Now all she has to do is convince him that she is worth chancing an all-out civil war over succession and, possibly, his very life.
She's lived most her life in California, but currently resides in Montana, where she's 'floating the Big Hole and attempting to stay alive. As agreed, Michael feeds Nora scraps of Franny's diary--scraps revealing that Franny felt responsible for their younger brother Billy's death and that since her teen years Nora has kept herself emotionally distant from Franny. It is very clear the book was written a long time ago as erotic writing today is much more intimate. His gaze was penetrating,as if he could read her mind. She wants a wave so big and scary that she'll be sucked into a black hole of fear, remembering nothing. Well written, with interesting characters, numerous plot turns and sensual dialog, this book is sure to interest anyone attracted to the darker side of sex. It had been such a long time since her mother and father died and, even though she had a sister, she felt alone in the world.
This was one of the first reviews I posted to GoodReads and I own that it was very short, vague and passive in it's tone. It's also hyped as forever topping itself with increasingly outrageous examples of bondage--but the intensity actually levels off mid-novel and stays there. She starts following him and insinuates herself in his life. Grieving for Franny, Nora reads her diary and is stunned when it reveals a secret sadomasochistic affair with a mysterious professor known only as M. My only disappointment was with some of the author's over-use of description of the physical environment. There are at least two other men, whose behavior is very shady, one of them being Nora's boyfriend who has quite the jealous streak and a bad temper. Even though KhiannÂ is the son of a merchantÂ andÂ not a member ofÂ the leading circle, the handsome young god is a much more appealingÂ choice.
Then he'd introduced himself, and for three weeks now she'd been meeting him here. When her younger, more vulnerable, insecure, and reclusive sister, Franny, turns up dead, with no apparent cause of death and suspect, Nora wants answers. The book is beautifully written. But again this book contains very explicit details. This book is like a train wreck and you just can't look away. She'd guessed, by the lines inhis face, that he was in his late forties. Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.
Well worth the time invested. So worth the high price tag. Nora, Franny's older sister and protagonist, is self assured, arrogant, and confident. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. He was always a some what shadowy figure off to the side, pulling the strings.
She only knew that she thought of him constantly, and that her life, somehow, seemed a little brighter, more full of possibilities, since she'd met him. Once she got past the uppermost end of the creek, the path was pleasant, lined with trees and dense dark green vegetation, the air scented with the earthy, woody smells of a forest. To each his own with taste and the books that you like. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. I lived in Sacramento about 18 years ago and some of my work took me to Davis frequently - the descriptions of the area were right on. Instead, she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism, trapped in a passion so dark and perverse, and yet so compelling, that she is willing to risk her life.
He was twice her age, forty-eight, she'd learned--only six years younger than her father would have been--but she felt comfortable around him as she never had with anyone else. First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild alternate selection. The title refers to an expression that supposedly comes from the sadomasochist culture. When he commands me to play, I want to give him everything. I could barely make it through this book, and that's because I had to force myself finish it after the halfway point. I was able to understand each of the main characters.
The more Nora gets to know Michael, the more questions arise about whether he really had a hand in Franny's death. I recommend this novel to all fans of erotic thrillers. With an ending as startling as it is haunting, Topping From Below is unlike any novel youre ever read. When her younger sister is found murdered, Nora Tibbs becomes obsessed with wanting to expose the man she believes is her sister's killer. She slammed on the brakes of her bicycle and swerved, barely missing him. He was too polite, too solicitous: he'd made a mistake and was trying graciously to extricate himself.