The first seven chapters from Amatore's Restaurant.
This book takes the reader on an atmospheric journey from Berlin to Venice, Marseilles and Amsterdam cleverly interweaving themes of seduction and deception. What are the characters' true motives? Are their feelings genuine or are they just playing games? It soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems.
Chapter 1: Audition
Cordelia, tired of playing the passive role, picks up a man at a bar in Berlin, takes him back to his hotel room and seduces him. Determined to take the lead, by the end of the evening she proves that she can take a dominant role.
Chapter 2: The Venetian
Frustrated with her life in Venice, Chiara attempts to show her girlfriend, Lucia, just what her cheating husband is capable of. Her plan of seduction works and Lucia can no longer deny the truth. But will she react in the way Chiara hopes?
Chapter 3: Narcissus Through the Window
One afternoon, while rehearsing her striptease in front of the mirror, Emily discovers she has an unwelcome spectator. Accustomed to paying audiences only, she vents her anger by hurling a plant pot at the onlooker.
Chapter 4: Blind Man's Bluff
Pierre is amazed when an Algerian girl and her elderly blind companion arrive at the restaurant. Thinking back to the time in Marseilles when, after a successful drugs deal, he attempts to trick his young companion only to discover later he is the one who has been well and truly duped.
Chapter 5: The Waitress's Bus Stop
Freya is biding her time in Amsterdam, unsure of what to do next, when she is seduced by Ana, a German actress she meets in a café. But there is something strange about Freya: something she's hiding about her past.
Chapter 6: Bodywork
Jane takes her husband's beloved car for an emergency repair and meets up with a man who reminds her of her past. She readily submits to his demands, finding sexual fulfilment through his aggressive and controlling personality. It's only when she returns home and reads the national newspaper she discovers her lucky escape.
Chapter 7: Reflections on a Journey
One Wednesday afternoon the outwardly prim and proper Miss Gray meets an elusive and handsome stranger on her regular train journey. As she sheds her inhibitions little does she realise how her life will be changed.