#BookReview “Carnal Knowledge” by Rachael Tamayo



When twenty-six-year-old Wren Addison wakes up bruised and bloodied with no memory of the night before, she believes she’s been sexually assaulted. Blaming herself for letting her guard down, she doesn’t report the assault and tries to move on.

Until it happens again. A fresh wound and a needle mark make Wren realize she’s being targeted, but with no memory of what happened, she still doesn’t contact law enforcement. However, when Wren has a serious car accident and doctors find bruises on her not related to the accident, Wren is forced to not only tell her story to the police but also deal with Ricky, the cheating husband she walked out on six months ago.

Between Ricky, a former cop, and the detectives, Wren learns a serial killer has her in his sights, and the bloody cat-and-mouse game he plays before the kill means Wren only has weeks to live.

As the investigation begins, Wren takes stock of her unimpressive life. Losing her mom at a young age, grandparents who weren’t bad people raised her but she felt more like a piece of the furniture instead of family. Meeting the charismatic Ricky in her teens, they married as soon as she turned twenty-one. Now five years later, she’s a glorified secretary nearing divorce, on probation for driving drunk, and the next name on a killer’s list.

Wren’s mental state is frazzled, and who’s wouldn’t be? But she makes too many questionable… and just plain poor decisions.

And she’s allowed to.

Meaning, for someone who’s the focus of a serial killer investigation, I never believed Wren felt the gravity of the situation, or simply ignored it. Even when I can’t connect with a character, I can understand them. I can’t say that about Wren Addison. She lamented her impending death SEVERAL times (and used it as a weak excuse too many times), but her actions—to me—were more in line with someone facing a tax audit.

But even Wren can’t derail the suspense as the killer escalates his game by taunting her with texts and photos of his time with her. No matter where she goes or who she’s with, he finds her, leaving evidence of his bloodlust but no clues to his identity. When the killer strikes close to home, Wren is not only left terrified but wracked with guilt.

They finally make a connection into what was believed to be random murders, and it shocks Wren to learn she shares that connection. However, before she can make any decisions, she comes face to face with a serial killer and someone will die.

An amazing plot twist had me on the edge of my seat, and I was not ready for that ending! Wow! Did not see that coming! Who? What? NICE!

This book two in the series can be read as a standalone and I do recommend it.




What do you do when you know you’re on a serial killer’s hit list? Six women are dead, and Wren Addison is the next victim on the SMS Killer’s list—or so she’s been told after waking in a pool of blood with no memory of the events that have transpired. Newly separated and struggling to start her life over after her husband’s infidelity, Wren tries to remember what happened to her, but nothing is adding up as more horrors unfold around her. With her life on a timer and the murderer taunting her, she realizes there is nothing typical about this serial killer. Wren is pushed to the edge as she dances between knowing she’s likely to die and fighting to be the first to survive. As the truth starts to emerge, she rises to the challenge and decides not to go down without a fight.  

Someone is going to die, and she’s determined it won’t be her.

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published by: Tangled Tree Publishing

Publication Date: July 11th 2020

Number of Pages: 301

ISBN: 9781922359124

Series: A Deadly Sins Novel, #2 || Stands Alone

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads



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