Sarah Clark's life changes forever when her English teacher, Daniel Carr, seduces her after class. Their affair is erotic, passionate and dangerous - a meeting of minds and bodies. But when his wife finds out and he moves to another city with his family, Sarah is heartbroken. She drifts from one meaningless relationship to the next, seeking but never finding what she shared with Daniel. Seven years later, Daniel walks back into her life, and they fall once again into an irresistible spiral of desire, eventually leading her to places darker than she ever imagined she wanted to go.
Emily Maguire is the author of four novels, including the international bestseller Taming the Beast, and two non-fiction books. Her articles on feminism, sex and culture have been published widely including in The Age, The Weekend Australian and The Observer. Emily has twice been named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year (2010 and 2013) and was the recipient of the 2011 NSW Writers' Fellowship. In 2014 she spent six months in Paris as the Nancy Keesing Resident at the Cite International des Arts, and has served as Writer in Residence at the Djerassi Artists Program in Northern California (2009) and as an Asialink Literature Resident in Vietnam (2008). Emily has an MA in literature and works as a teacher and mentor to young and emerging writers. She lives in Sydney.