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"I don't think denial is such a bad place to live"



Texas author Rachel Tamayo composes dark tales and romances, and to date she has published eight novels – the FRIEND-ZONE Trilogy, CRAZY LOVE, ONCE UPON A KISS, LUCIFER’S GAME, BREAK MY BONES and now CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, Book 2 of her new Deadly Sins Series.

Creating credible characters for thrillers is a skill Rachel Tamayo owns, but she delves more deeply into her characters than most authors writing in this genre: she enters their mindset and is proficient at making them three dimensional – and psychologically aware.

An excerpt from the initial character in this tense novel shares Rachel’s skill as described above: ‘You really don’t know how you feel about some things until they happen to you, You can guess. You can pretend you’d be strong, that you’d stand on rooftops and shout your indignation as you shake your fist to the skies, but those are only guesses. Hopes. What we think about ourselves. They say no one ever really knows anymore. I think it’d be a safe bet to say we don’t really know ourselves either. You think you do. The “Oh, I’d never do that. Look at how she’s acting. If I were in her shoes…” but you don’t. No one does.’ With that fine bit of intuitive gesture, Rachel makes her characters become part of us – and that makes her terrifying tales ring true.

This mentation rises out of an opening gruesomely described scene that pivots the story’s progress, a plot outline by the author describes the direction: ‘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.’

Rachel Tamayo has successfully scribed a dark, moody piece that defies the reader to put the story, once started, aside before the final page. Expect high anxiety levels while reading it, and keep the lights on once finished. Highly recommended. 

~Grady Harp