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.
What people are saying - Write a review
BELLADONNAUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Second-novelist Moline (Lunch, 1994) returns, this time with an S&M wannabe that hovers somewhere between deliciousness and dreck. The notorious femme fatale Belladonna, who's always masked and who ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sapphire314 - LibraryThing
It's summer. So that means my staple summer reads get pulled off the book shelf. Belladonna by Karen Moline is just that. As the front of the cover states, Belladonna is a story of revenge. It is told ... Read full review