Author(s): Edith Templeton
It is London, 1946. Louisa - a smartly dressed young woman in the midst of a divorce - meets a man in a pub. She finds him strangely attractive, and within an hour she has been sexually conquered by him on a stone bench in an empty park. Thus begins her baffling but magnetic relationship with and virtual enslavement to Richard Gordon. Gordon, a psychiatrist, keeps Louisa in thrall with his unnerving ability to see through her. She is compelled by the unexpected pleasure of complete submission and they sink, both psychologically and sexually, into the depths of a strange and haunting affair. Templeton's clean, precise style - every nuance of place, motive and dialogue exquisitely observed - imbues Louisa's narrative voice with indelible power. Incomparably forthright and unsettling, Gordon is one of the most compelling and disturbing love stories ever written.