Carnal Innocence

Carnal Innocence

by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts, bestselling author of The Reef and Genuine Lies, mixes scorching passion with icy suspense in her classic novel of murder and infatuation in a southern town now available in hardcover for the first time.In the small town of Innocence, Mississippi, days are long, nights are fragrant, and secrets are hard to keep.

But when a brutal killer starts claiming the lives of the town's most attractive women, lifelong neighbors are forced to wonder if the culprit is a stranger lurking in the bayou...or someone right next door.World-famous concert violinist Caroline Waverly knows nothing of the murders when she arrives in Innocence.

But Innocence has something else to offer Caroline: a man named Tucker Longstreet.Bed with the Longstreet good looks, lazy charm, and family fortune, Tucker is a tall, cool drink of water and he knows it.

But one look at Caroline, and Tucker realizes that she is unlike any other woman he's met.

She might be able to do a better job if she hadn't felt an unexpected thrill at his ardent advances...and if she hadn't been so scared after finding a third murder victim in the murky waters behind her home.For Caroline Waverly,a beautiful summer interlude could turn into much more or could stir a killer's crazed dreams.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.91
  • Pages: 512
  • Publish Date: December 1st 1991 by Bantam
  • Isbn10: 0553295977
  • Isbn13: 9780553295979

What People Think about "Carnal Innocence"

Probably because Ms. Roberts didnt portrayed only the good (charming characters, great atmosphere, neighbors supporting one another) but also the bad (race tensions) and the ugly. In the first few chapters, his family is described in all its infamy - they are the richest people in town but theres an alcoholic older brother, lazy but charming Tucker and a twice divorced younger sister who loves the gentlemen a little too much. Then, I realized that I was being patronizing: these women knew Tucker way better than me and decided to date him. As the story continued, I felt like the heroine: against my better judgment, I couldnt help but be charmed by Tucker that Southern accent in the audiobook really helped. It didnt bother me because it made sense in the story but I want to mention it in case some readers are offended by the use of the word. The unabridged audiobook narrated by Tom Stechschulte was simply scrumptious I think already mentioned the deliciousness that was Tuckers accent.

My only complaint was there are sooooo many characters involved at times it was confusing and I would have to stop and remember who's who.

Listened to this on audio narrated by the masterful Tom Stechschulte. While listening to a book on audio the reader is forced to listen to all the description and not skim. While listening to Stechschulte's excellent narration of Carnal Innocence, I was struck by the rich details Roberts includes in her book.

I like to laugh. (Well, I did chuckle when someone fell into an open grave, but that scene wasn't meant to be funny). Except for watching young Cy overcome his fears and find refuge in Tucker, there wasn't much to lighten the heart. Just basically a depressing read with a predictable plot and a "let's-wrap-it-up-quick" ending. A downer with a morbid tone: I did like the lead characters, Tucker and Caroline, but the book is not uplifting or amusing. As things were left at the end, (view spoiler) he will probably be afraid to have kids of his own, lest they become insane.

What I love about Nora Roberts books is she makes sure that the reader is easily drawn to her characters. Caroline is in Innocence, MS taking a much needed break from her life. She also finds herself drawn to the town bad boy, Tucker Longstreet.

Tucker Longstreet is the hero and one who loves a good nap and when the mood strikes willing woman with no relationship complications. Tucker then has a huge issue when the woman who claims she is pregnant by him turns up dead and Caroline is the one who discovers the body at the spot they first met and on her property. The thing is she isn't the first woman to turn up dead and all of them have the same crime earmarks. While the town is turned upside down due to the murders and suspicion is on many, it will be a case that ends up revealing a lot of secrets along the way as well as too. I wasn't a big fan of Caroline and I had issues with Tucker at times too. This is set in the early 90s and in the South so it contains some racism (including the use of some racial slurs by some characters but it fit for the type of people they were) as well as no cell phones and things like that.

Wonderful dialogue. An example of fun dialogue: Tucker is this slow talking rich southern man who sleeps with a lot of women. I loved the way clues and things came out gradually during the book - like the clue someone saw that led them to discover who tampered with a car. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: I recently heard Judith Ivey doing a southern accent that was irritating. Tom Stechschulte (this audiobook narrator) did a wonderful southern accent.