thought this was an awesome page turner!!
it also includes a novella called Father Panic's Opera Macabre.. which i also found to be a pageturner!!
from back cover:
on an extended holiday in London, Dr. Tom Sutherland befriends a mysterious surgeon named Nordhagen and begins a wild affair with the doctor's exotic assistant, Lina. Seduced and completely enthralled by Lina, Tom can think only of being with her, following her deeper into forbidden fantasies and dark pleasures. But fantasy turns to nightmare when Tom discovers the basement laboratory of Dr. Nordhagen, a secret chamber where cruelty, desire and madness combine to form the ultimate evil.
On an extended holiday in London, Dr. Tom Sutherland befriends a mysterious surgeon and begins a wild affair with the doctor's exotic assistant. Seduced and enthralled, Tom can only think of being with her. But everything turns to nightmare when tom discovers the basement laboratory of the surgeon.
This is one disturbingly creepy book! It's about Tom, a young-ish American guy, fresh out of medical school and somewhat unsatisfied with the "general practice" position he fell into by default when nothing else grabbed him. He decides to drop everything and take a trip to London. There he meets an older guy, a plastic surgeon, who begins to show him the seedier, hidden side of London nightlife.
One night the Tom is supposed to meet the old doc for a night out on the town (the two have become quite the club go-ers). When Tom shows up at the old doc's office he's told by a gorgeous woman with flowing black locks named Lina that the doc can't make it and she will entertain him instead. Tom can't believe his good fortune. It gets better. Lina is apparently attracted to Tom and they have wild erotic sex (that isn't detailed all that much, darn). Tom is in lurrrve immediately and Lina, though a little aloof and a tad secretive, seems to feel the same. When Tom is completely under Lina's spell he'll soon do anything (and I do mean anything) to keep her in his life. After a completely disturbing episode involving Tom, Lina and an Asian woman (whose name we never know) Tom fears Lina may be a tad, ah, off her rocker. But he's in lurrve, like I said, and can't seem to stay away from her for any length of time. . . The book tells the story from Tom's point of view and really gets into his head. We watch a normal guy play out his deepest, darkest fantasies and see how these episodes change him. It's very dark and got under my skin.
This is stuff that could possibly happen to any normal guy swayed by lust which makes it all the more creepier. Not for the fainter of heart.
I thought it was going to be a little more erotic than it was. I thought it would be about sex, about BDSM, about kinks. No, no, it was a horror book, folks. Horror, horror, horror. *shudder* Made me sick to my stomach. You'll LOVE it.