"When the Siren Calls" by Tom Barry

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Sophisticated debut novel succeeds where Fifty Shades fails

When the Siren Calls

Lady Chatterley meets Christian Grey.

Deception and betrayal in the boardroom and the bedroom exposes life of corruption and infidelity amongst an amoral British jet-set.

When wealthy but neglected Isobel is invited to a luxury Tuscan resort owned by the enigmatic Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. She abandons herself in a passionate affair, but is soon trapped in a web of deception and betrayal as her desperate lover fights for survival. Hopelessly bound in Jay's spell, Isobel must discover if her lover is her saviour, or her nemesis.

When the Siren Calls is Tom Barry’s debut novel. The first in a trilogy, it is a tumultuous story of sexual awakening under the Tuscan sun, rich in intrigue and duplicity. It spins a compelling narrative of erotic desire and ruthless ambition, exposing the amoral world of the powerful and privileged. Barry’s book reveals how ethics and character in business are fused with values and behaviour in personal relationships. An intelligent read with more substance, and twice the eroticism, of Fifty Shades, When The Siren Calls is a delicious expose of how the other half live: selfishly, sinfully and shamelessly.

About the author: Tom Barry's career in management consultancy has taken him into the boardrooms of the world’s largest corporations. It gives him a keen insight into a testosterone-fuelled mix of millionaire financiers, ‘big deals’, and the fleshpot demimonde of city-player schmooze. He is currently working with the Brit Writers’ Awards, a charitable initiative promoting creative writing in UK schools. He spends his time between the UK and San Diego.
When The Siren Calls by Tom Barry (published by Matador, Nov 2012, ISBN 9781780883106, RRP £7.99/$13.99, is available online and from all good book retailers.

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