Belladonna

Belladonna

by Karen Moline
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Belladonna by Karen Moline

Dark, enticing, and as deliciously decadent as Europe's fading upper classes shortly before and after World War Ii, Belladonna is an intoxicating novel of betrayal and revenge...

Midwesterner Isabella Ariel Nickerson is just eighteen, visiting London with her cousin June, when she is invited to what she thinks will be the most fabulous costume party. The year is 1935, and Isabella, innocent, spirited, and trusting, is about to be taken from the world she knows and subjected to the whims of a cabal of wealthy aristocrats who answer to no laws but their own. But, looking forwrad to her party and utterly inexperienced in life, Isabella does not know how far men will go to satisfy desire. Or how far a woman must go to redeem her soul...

Instead of dancing at a masked ball, Isabella will become the sacrifial lamb in a ritual of domination and submission known only to the noblemen who call themselves the members of the Club. Robbed of her freedom, identity, and dignity, the girl known as isabella slowly disappears. In her place, a new woman is born. She calls herself Belladonna, and she lives for one purpose -- revenge

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446523189
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Pages: 499
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.57(d)

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Belladonna 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Royalty13 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I read this book in one weekend. My boyfriend at the time (now husband) , didn't see me at all that weekend. I started Friday after work and Finished it Sunday 3am. It had revenge, suspense, fantacy, everything you could imagine. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but it was still exceptional. I have read this book twice and this Holiday cross country road trip with my husband will be my third. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book 5+ years ago and it's still one that I always remember. It was definitely an enthralling read. My only problem was the ending, I can't give it away but I was disappointed in our leading lady.
Guest More than 1 year ago
fantastic, i could not put this book down. it's one of my favorites!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book so much I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. The author is able to convey the misery of Belladonna's life a very realistic manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one the few books that had me rooting for a character who was out for revenge even if it meant death. When reading the stories of her imprisonment and the abuse and torture, I couldn't help but cry and try to imagine anyone in that situation. I really loved this book and I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and ended up putting it down, about a year later I picked it back up and forced myself to read more. The book completely engulfed me! I spent all my spare time reading it, my teachers even yelled at me for it. The book may have a slow start but the rest of it makes up for it. I would recommend that everyone read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That book was so amazing. I was out with my boyfrined and he desperately wanted to buy me something so I just picked up that book and told him to buy it and I am so glad I did! It was a little slow to start but I just couldn't put it down once I started. I was up at all hours of the night reading and wondering what she would do next. It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes a hold of you and doesn't let go! Although it was written by a female, about a female's revenge on the men who enslaved her, it speaks from a male character's perspective. I have never read anything like it. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is breathtaking. It's horrible that even a fictional charictar must live such a life but at the same time a hot page turner. It borders on reality and fiction, for example not many women get sold an slave aucions, but they do get raped and hurt in many ways. This story truly brings tears to your eyes. I gave all the books i've read already to the library,but this is one I will never give away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW WOW WOW WHAT MORE CAN I SAY THIS IS SO GOOD- YOU WILL NOT PUT IT DOWN
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first sign I was going to completely enjoy this book was the fact that it doesn't take forever to get you hooked. Within the first chapter or two, I couldn't have stopped reading if I had tried (but with a book this good, why would you?). Almost immediately, the reader is taken away to relive the gruesome events that mold an innocent girl into the slave of first a sick aristocrat, and even later, of her own psychological demons. The narration is so effective that you can feel the rage emanating from each page, the pain locked away behind the masks the characters wear. The way it is told makes it a true page-turner because so many of the delicious secrets are hidden away behind other chapters. Belladonna and her small, tight group of confidantes are so centered around their plan for revenge, that when they are on the edge of achieving it, they almost lose sight of what their lives were before they became involved in their own elaborate plots. But, not to worry: the end, preceded by a couple of unexpected twists, leaves the reader with a sense of supreme satisfaction. After reading this, I am truly ruined for other books. I fear all others shall pale in comparison to the experience of reading this novel that left me sad to see a last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Would have been 5 stars, but I got so bored in the beginning in Italy with what's his name, Leandro something-or-other blah, blah, blah... I actually slammed it shut, threw it on the shelf and forgot about it, for at least a year. But a few days ago, for lack of anything else to read, I picked up where I left off and HAVE NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!!!! Dark, disturbing and enthralling.