The last Tuesday meetup of the year was very ably hosted by Sam this month when The Wife by Meg Wolitzer was discussed.
The first January book was then voted on and the winner was The Monk by Matthew Lewis.
Here is a synopsis from Waterstones:
....'He now saw himself stained with the most loathed and monstrous sins, the object of universal execration ...doomed to perish in tortures the most severe'.
Shocking, erotic and violent, "The Monk" is the story of Ambrosio, torn between his spiritual vows and the temptations of physical pleasure. His internal battle leads to sexual obsession, rape and murder, yet this book also contains knowing parody of its own excesses as well as social comedy. Written by Matthew Lewis when he was only nineteen, it was a ground-breaking novel in the Gothic Horror genre and spawned hundreds of imitators, drawn in by its mixture of bloodshed, sex and scandal. ...
I'm looking forward to reading it as I'm not really familiar with this genre.
See you then,