Set predominantly in Seattle, it is the first book of the series which recounts the complicated and deepening relationship between a college graduate and a young businessman, Christian Grey.
In the book Anastasia Steele is required to sign a contract and enter into a dominant relationship in the role of the submissive. It allows Grey to have complete control of her life which includes fulfilling any desires Grey has in the bedroom.
Grey is into BDSM, bondage and sadism, and Steele – who was a virgin when she entered into the relationship – is into, as she puts it, ‘more’, which causes the main conflict throughout the tale. The opening chapters set the scene and introduce the characters but they are slow and tedious to read.
Once sex is introduced into the plot there is an erotic scene is virtually every chapter, gaining the book entrance into the genre of mummy porn. The plot is unbelievable and over-emotional at times which takes from the well written parts of the book.
The repetition of certain phrases and metaphors will make you want to scream, and not in the way that the book intends. Curiosity and the fact that it can be downloaded to an e-reader away from prying eyes (always a plus) will gain this book top shelf success but as a whole it is a mediocre but interesting read.
(Text originally published on www.theblend.ie on 11th July 2012 http://www.theblend.ie/index.php/review-fifty-shades-of-grey/)