When Natalie Ryder signs up to participate in a confidential study of female sexuality, it seems like a dream come true—generous financial compensation, a luxurious private house outside of Toronto, and a personal driver. The only catch: she must keep the study secret from her best friend Rachel. Then she meets Michael and Suzanne and things become more complicated… and dangerous.
“…an erotic thriller of voyeurism, repression, domination, and submission written in a fast-paced prose distinct for its minute evocations of masturbatory thrills. Singular in its dialectic between looking and being looked at, and in its urgency about sexual release, the novel retains a rare claustrophobia of sexual obsession, a flashback to Kafka if he had written erotica.” —Eurydice
“THE OBSERVATORY is a voyeuristic telling of the burgeoning discovery of a woman’s sexual desires, yet in a quiet, sensually innocent way. The story is at once sexy and sultry, yet a journey of self-revelation. The reader is repeatedly aroused, craving and desiring Natalie, our beautiful protagonist, but also caring for her. She is at once delicate, yet has a steely core reserved for only the mightiest of heroines.” —Vera Jones
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PETRA ANNE HAWK was born and raised in Toronto. She studied Fine Arts at York University. Her first novel, The Magma Chamber, was published privately in the UK. In 2017, she coedited the anthology The New Urge Reader 3: Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers (New Urge Editions). She currently resides in the Maritimes where she is at work on her third novel.