An intricately emotional and erotic debut and a haunting foray into the deepest recesses of a sexual underworld, Stacking in Rivertown is a novel of love, pain, and redemption.
Young, beautiful, and happily married, Beth is finally learning to relax and enjoy her success as a bestselling novelist. She has at last achieved the well-adjusted life she always wanted; it almost seems too good to be true. And it is.
Beneath her thin veneer of normalcy lies a terrifying history of sadism, sexual torture, tragic violence and a single long-buried secret that could destroy her. Beth is scarred by childhood abuse: as a sixteen-year-old runaway, she was picked up by Ben, an upmarket pimp whose girls are virtually slaves and who specializes in expensive sadomasochistic "plays" for wealthy clients.
In one of those plays, Beth was stabbed and her best friend (and lover), a fellow young prostitute, was savagely murdered in front of her eyes. Now, recaptured by Ben, she struggles to remember what happened and who did it.
Stacking in Rivertown marks the auspicious debut of a refreshingly bold new writer. In the bestselling tradition of Thomas Harris and David Lindsey, Barbara Bell plunges readers deep inside the mind of a woman struggling to survive and rebuild her life despite a harrowing past.
As Beth flees for her life, fighting to get her revenge and somehow learning to love without pain, Stacking in Rivertown hurtles its readers toward a terrifying and unforgettable climax.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Barbara Bell, a poet, songwriter, and professional gardener, lives in the Indianapolis area. This is her first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read some really crazy books, however, this was different than I thought. This book really pulled you into the mind of Beth. What a horrible life she's had. I think overall she was a very well liked individual, with problems. I think that's why she made friends so easily. She was also beautiful which probably got her recognized. I loved Miriam for loving her. I hated Ben for everything he stood for and everything he did. To think Beth actually had been away from him and went back. This was an amazing journey, I really enjoyed it.
I loved the beginning of this book and for the most part all of it. Except for the last couple of chapters,It is kind of hard to belive this woman can make all these people like her in just a few months, and it seems a little weird how she met her lover in the end and how people are just drawn to this woman the first part beliveable second part kinda cheesey.Well all in all this was a good book.
I truly enjoyed this novel.. it is rather intense and explores the deeper realms of erotica.. and my fave. BDSM
I had never even heard of Barbara Bell before, but the title and the cover photo caught my eye. The characters and story are so compelling. I felt Beth's confused love for Ben and I understood what kept her there for 10 years. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys graphically, deep stories.
I've read other reviews about this book, saying it requires a 'big suspension of disbelief' ... but I don't agree. All of the things that happen in this book are very plausible. The writing style is poetic and beautiful; unlike many other books, you can tell that the author writes from experience. This isn¿t some fantasy cheese a bored housewife cooked up ¿ it is completely accessible and real. I found it riveting and couldn¿t put it down until it was finished. Then I read it again. Ms. Bell conjures up haunting, unforgettable images in her writing ¿ images and feelings that you won¿t be able to put out of your mind. I agree with the reviewer (above) that it's not for a 'mainstream audience', but in my opinion that's a good thing. It's not for people who like Hollywood blockbuster movies and revere their suburban tract homes. This book is definately for people on the 'fringe' (and you know who you are!). There is s/m and torture here, but there is also profound sadness, humor, madness, and love. I can¿t recommend it enough.