Never the Face

Never the Face

A Story of Desire

Book - 2011
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In an age where every sexual frontier seems to have been breached, it's hard to believe there could still be unexplored corners, dark desires that few people dare make real. In the tradition of Josephine Hart's masterpiece, Damage , Never the Face uses riveting storytelling to tackle a complex and provocative relationship - where the most exquisite passions are also the most dangerous...

The heroine of Never the Face is searching. Dissatisfied with love, bored with sex; in her experience, all lovers are predictably dull - and she longs for more, for an intensity she knows exists and has yet to discover. Just after her thirty-third birthday, she runs into David, an old flame who's now married. David invites her to dinner. Then he says, "I spent the weekend choosing a stick to beat you with."

With these words, unable to resist the allure of sexual submission, she falls into an abyss of violent intimacy and excruciating pleasure. But as their brutal bond begins to unravel, carrying them together into an unfathomable territory of increasing violence and sexual extremes, she begins to discover the full, destructive power of obsessive love - and gradually spins out of control.

Written in spare, savage prose, Never the Face shocks us into realizing there are people we know, friends perhaps, who are on dark, erotic journeys they dare not confess to. And they might just live next door.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312563868
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAN
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 30, 2014

Definitely, a good read. The story centres on a thirty-something woman who, as the books opens, finds herself bored with the relationships she has had to date and is searching for “an intensity she knows exists but has yet to discover” (publisher’s blurb). And does she ever! She meets up with an old-flame from years before who is now married. From the slight edginess of an affair with a married man, the intensity of their relationship soon ratchets up several notches where she becomes his sexual submissive. Although D/s, or dominance and submission imbues their relationship, the more intriguing part of the story is understanding the downward emotional spiral in which it takes her. Although outwardly an independent woman, each and every time she is faced with a decision to end the relationship with him, she ends up rationalizing in such a way that it takes her back to him in the hope, perhaps, that she can get closer to a fulsome relationship with him. The reader’s mind is drawn to compare to the image of the image of a moth being drawn to the fire.
Ariel Sands, a pseudonym for a famous author we are told, has done an excellent job in capturing the intensity of a D/s love relationship and given us penetrating insights into our need for desire, for intensity in our relationships, and at the very heart of it all, our yearning for a satisfying permanent relationship.

kitkat06000 May 24, 2012

worse book i ever read

Sep 06, 2011

Very strong. Did not like how she ended up. Too sad. Even for people that like very strong writting in this genre. Good book but I did not like the end.

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black_leopard_100 Feb 19, 2012

black_leopard_100 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 19


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