Punish Me with Kisses

Punish Me with Kisses

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552117609
  • 9780552117609

Review Text

After a very seductive first 50 pages or so, this tale of two sisters - one wildly promiscuous, one relatively genteel - slowly collapses into a rather desperate kitchen-sink stinkpot of incest, infectious nymphomania, and other unconvincingly drawn psychosexual aberrations. That alluring beginning: the rich Berring sisters are summering en famille in Bar Harbor, with "sexpot bitch" Suzie servicing every male in sight, including quiet Penny's lust-at-first-sight actor/lover Jared; then Suzie is garden-shears-ed to death, Jared is accused but acquitted, thanks to Penny's evidence (she saw an "intruder"); and a couple of years after the notorious trial, Penny is working in N.Y. publishing when. . . Jared reappears, and it's love all over again. A solid, creepy setup - but what follows seems made up as it goes along. To really prove that Jared didn't kill Suzie, Penny sets out to solve the crime - by talking to Suzie's bisexual chums Cynthia and Jamie, by digging up Suzie's sex diary. But the diary (lavish excerpts provided) is even rougher than Penny expected: poor Suzie was into S&M and was apparently incest-ing it up with Dad (the promiscuity was revenge for Dad's fickleness). Even more disturbing: Penny is turned on by the diary, is soon into "compulsive fucking" just like Suzie, has Daddy-fantasy sex with her boss, then a lesbian tryst with Cynthia. . . and winds up stalking and seducing Daddy himself, a Suzie-obsessed psycho ("Her father was a pervert") who probably killed Suzie - or maybe it was alcoholic Mom. Does Bayer, a writer of some talent (Tangier), take any of this claptrap seriously? Apparently not - since he can't resist leavening Suzie's porn-diary with some satire ("The one with the thick dick has a face like John Mitchell. The cruel lady looks like Walter Cronkite in a fright wig. Jesus, I've been gang-banged by Great Neck!"); and he adds in a silly but engaging subplot about a demented woman psychiatrist who practices "cat therapy." In any case, Looking for Mr. Goodbar it's not. . . not by a long, long shot: no psychological groundwork, no genuine honor - just a fairly stylish writer slumming furiously, with uneven results. (Kirkus Reviews)show more