by Mark Henry

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A couple on the verge of divorce begrudgingly agree to an unorthodox marital retreat. Despite warnings and portents, Hilary and Jack travel to the remote Washington scablands, braving a strange religious demonstration to arrive at Balustrade, an oddly voyeuristic couples program.

Under the tutelage of Chantal, a harsh mistress, and Ludo, a brooding sex surrogate, the couple find their most intimate relations under discomfiting scrutiny. The therapy is ritualistic, sensual, wearing away their inhibitions to lush, orgiastic ends. For a while, Hilary luxuriates in a slippery, sensual descent into wickedness. But when time begins to disintegrate in dream-like fugues, sexual awakening takes a turn for the sinister.

Clandestine cabals whisper behind closed doors. Robed figures congregate in the dark cavern at the apex of the strange building�s courtyard.

Nothing is quite as it seems. And a question looms�

Is it the intention of Chantal and Balustrade to help mend their failing marriage or are their minds and bodies being groomed for more sinister, carnal purposes? Hilary must strive to unlock the secrets behind Balustrade before it pushes her to the brink of insanity and ignites her darkest urges.

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BN ID: 2940149580019
Publisher: Mark Henry
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Series: The Carnal Staircase , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 102 KB

About the Author

Mark Henry is the author of the Amanda Feral series of urban fantasy comedies (HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED, ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD and BATTLE OF THE NETWORK ZOMBIES), as well as the young adult fantasy novel, VELVETEEN (as Daniel Marks). He's worked as a psychotherapist where he cultivated a nasty gallows humor. Mark lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three furry monsters with no regard for quality carpeting.

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