HELLEY BURKE, a twenty-eight years old mother in her prime, fi nds herself
being shunned and hurt by her husband after several years of marriage. She
even discovers what she believes is evidence that he is planning to murder her!
Could it be true? Their only child, little Kenny, is a mere three years old, what
if she is no longer there to see to him? The survival instinct of a mother is paramount;
will she be forced into an act which might have disastrous consequences?
She is sustained through this traumatic episode in her life by her lawyer, Alison, whom
she befriends. Alison, like Shelley, is up until that time heterosexual but in a highly
emotional session in which a dark secret is revealed, they turn to each other for solace
and relief. Alison however, has the morals of an alleycat and has cuckolded her husband,
also a lawyer, for many years but a sexual encounter one day with one of her many
casual lovers strangely sees her triggering a new and different response from her man
and their relationship is enriched. Shelley, tentatively but almost inevitably, becomes
drawn into a
ménage a trois
with Alison and Jacob.
Then when Bridget, an acquaintance of Shelley’s is suddenly thrust into a ghastly scenario
involving her husband who is embroiled with The Mob, Alison and her husband are
there for her, and Shelley and the two lawyers join forces to stabilize Bridget’s life.
Amongst the various twists and turns is the strange mystery of the man whom the
friends christen “Bluebeard.” What is the secret behind the visits of groups of young
women to his huge house?
The story pulls no punches in the novel encounters which the various partners enjoy.
All of them have to learn different attitudes to the conventional ways in which they
started their adult lives.
The old adage states; “
Two’s company but three’s a crowd
,” but Celine’s Tale tells a different