Book Review: Punishment without Crime by Al Strans

Before I do my review, I have to put up this disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for a highly discounted price through Tomoson and the publisher. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone. I received no financial compensation for this review. Now, on to the review. At the end of the review, I will include a links to Amazon for the paperback and Kindle version. Now, onto my review

Book synopsis:

Four generations of irresistible women navigate their way in a world of untenable reputation and unsatisfiable lust

A scandalous sexual affair gives way to a murder investigation, imprisonment, and torture. Feminine sexuality and strength are challenged as family secrets resurface. Love, lust, trust, and betrayal are weaved into this mesmerizing family at the end of the 20th century. A tragic epos of human nature arching across generations and continents.

˃˃˃ The secret lives of two modern families

Camilla Blan is an elegant French woman, the daughter of a successful Parisian businessman, with slender fingers and graceful legs. Her intoxicating smile suggests a woman far from the ordinary, strong and passionate, dangerously certain of her desire. She is only 16 when she meets thirty-one-year-old Albert Frischhoff, an Israeli Professor attending a Chemists conference in Paris, who captivates her with his intellectual charm. Camilla seduces him and gives birth to his child, but he is unable to live up to her wild sexuality and lavish libidinal needs. What started as a passionate affair becomes a lifelong tragedy of dissatisfaction, betrayal, and mistrust.

Born in Israel, their daughter Regina inherits her mother’s passionate nature and rebellious sexuality, as well as her dazzling figure. When she marries Tom, their young neighbor, to her father’s discontent, no one can foresee his impassioned affair with Regina’s mother, Camilla, who allures him with her bleeding heart.

One winter morning, two burly police officers arrest Tom at his door for the sexual abuse of his and Regina’s lovely underage daughter, Natalie. The truth is quite different from the story that flooded the newspaper headlines, but false accusations lead to real and tragic consequences. The unbearable involvement of modern society in family life yields the heaviest cost: punishment without crime.

A tale of forbidden attraction, unbounded love, lies, betrayal, and revenge.

My review:

I was very much on the fence about this book. On one hand I loved it. The writing was wonderful and it took you to the places the author was writing about. On the other hand, writing about such a taboo subject (incest) in such a casual way really made me kinda squirm through the book.

The whole sexual affairs of Camilla and Regina were the whole undertone of the book. The scenes where they were trying out sex toys in the apartment in France and **frolicking** in ocean made me shudder. Sorry, but no. Just no.

There was a revelation at the end of the book where Camilla explained why she was the way she was and I did feel bad for her. I could see it happening with Natalie (there was a very graphic scene of Regina and Tom having sex with Natalie crawled all over, in between them).

Tom’s whole arrest, rape and then death seemed a little too pat. Along with Camilla’s. I would have liked to have seen Tom get out of jail and deal with the aftermath.

Would I read this book again? No. Like I said about. The whole incest storyline really grossed me out. I loved the writing, hated the storyline.

Will I reccomend this to family and friends? No. Again, because of reasons I stated above.

As stated above, I will post the links to Amazon. Take note, prices can and will change:

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle

As always, the Kindle button is Orange and says “buy now with One Click” on it. The Kindle Unlimited button is yellow (and underneath the Kindle button) and says “Read for Free”

 

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