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The Secret Lives of Married Women

The Secret Lives of Married Women

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Two identical twin sisters - one a sexually repressed defense attorney, the other a former libertine now living a respectable life in suburbia - are about to have their darkest secrets revealed, to the men in their lives and to themselves. As one sister prepares for the thorniest trial of her career and the other fends off ominous advances from a construction

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Two identical twin sisters - one a sexually repressed defense attorney, the other a former libertine now living a respectable life in suburbia - are about to have their darkest secrets revealed, to the men in their lives and to themselves. As one sister prepares for the thorniest trial of her career and the other fends off ominous advances from a construction worker laboring on the house next door, both find themselves pushed to the edge, and confronted by discoveries about themselves and their lovers that shock and disturb them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
Straightforward, effective prose distinguishes this two-part crime novel from Wald, author of the erotic classic Meeting the Master. In “The Man Under the House,” Leda Reeve, whose Broadway career was derailed by a less-than-Stella performance as Blanche Dubois in a revival of A Street Car Named Desire, lands a temporary receptionist job in midtown Manhattan with a small computer-service company, whose owner she ends up marrying. Leda and her husband move to Vancouver, Wash., where they meet handyman Jack Shelby, the cousin of the former owner of their new house. Jack offers to help with odd jobs, but his affability and ubiquity soon turn creepy and lead Leda to reveal parts of her past she has concealed from her spouse. In “Abel’s Cane,” Leda’s twin sister, Lillian, a successful New York City defense lawyer, explores her own darker tendencies. Readers interested in sadomasochism will best appreciate this second narrative. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"If you are looking for a different kind of read that will want to make you cuff yourself to the bed, then you have to try The Secret Lives of Married Women." - Long and Short Reviews

"A book that’s hard to put down." - Hell Notes 

"Forget Fifty Shades...Here's what you should do instead: Get to know Elissa Wald." - Playboy.com

“The Secret Lives of Married Women pulls back the veil.  It's a page-turner that's propelled forward—relentlessly—by a search for truth about desire.  Elissa Wald's unflinching vision makes for addictive reading.”     — Daniel Bergner, author of WHAT DO WOMEN WANT?

“This is an intense and intimate book; a compelling, unsettling read that doesn't hesitate to subvert the reader's assumptions, over and over again.” - Pornokitsch

“Crime against humanity and the proliferation of BDSM. It's a feminist novel.” - Books Monthly

Library Journal
10/01/2013
Leda seems to have the stereotypically perfect life in suburbia. Her husband is an engineer at Intel, and they've just bought their first house for their daughter and new baby on the way. Underneath that veneer are Leda's hidden secrets: she used to be a porn star, and the handyman next door is stalking her. Even worse, when she confesses to her husband, she sees him threaten her stalker, and then the neighbor disappears. Leda doesn't merely fear that her husband murdered her nightmare; she enjoys submitting sexually to the man whom she secretly fears is a ruthless killer. Meanwhile, her twin sister, Lillian, a high-powered attorney in New York, is disturbed to discover that the key witness against her blind client is his former assistant, a woman who is also a professional sexual submissive. Lillian's search for evidence to discredit the witness leads her to uncover her own submissive sexual desires. VERDICT Although there is mystery here, the author of the S&M erotic classic Meeting the Master focuses on exploring the intricacies of the submissive relationship as well as the lengths that someone will go to in order to serve, whether or not the context is sexual. Recommended for fans of the Hard Case Crime series; this novel fits right in with its noir pulp revival themes of sex and violence.—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781162620
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
527,348
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Elissa Wald is the author of MEETING THE MASTER (Grove Press) and HOLDING FIRE (Context Books). Her work has also been published in multiple journals and anthologies, including Beacon Best of 2001, Creative Nonfiction, The Barcelona Review, The Mammoth Book of Erotica, Nerve: Literate Smut, The Ex-Files: New Stories about Old Flames, and Brain, Child Magazine. Previously, she worked as a stripper, ran away to join the circus, and spent a summer working on a Native American reservation.

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