Adèle Robinson seemingly has a good life. She lives in a fine apartment in Paris, where she works as a journalist, which affords her opportunities for travel. She is also married to Richard, a successful surgeon and they have a 4-year old son, Lucien. And yet, she is a restless, discontented soul, seeking sexual release from any roguish man who captures her fancy. According to the author, Adèle "wishes she were an object in the midst of a horde. She wants to be devoured, sucked, swallowed whole. She wants fingers pinching her breasts, .... She wants to be a doll in an ogre's garden."
Adèle lives 2 lives, and as result her world goes topsy-turvy, impacting on herself and the nature of the relationship she had had with Richard and their son. The reader should hold on tight while reading this book, because many unexpected things happen at a cinematic, frenetic pace. This is a story that is easily read over the course of a few hours or a couple of days (as it proved to be for me).