Carnal Innocence Book Summary and Study Guide

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Caroline Waverly, a world famous musician, moves into the house of her gandparents in small town Mississippi. There is a growing attraction between her and Tucker Longstreet, who happens to be the major suspect in a string of murders going on in the town.
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Caroline came for peace, relaxation and a way to come to terms with her past, yet she ends up with a whole lot more.
The review of this Book prepared by Zoe

A killer haunts the small town of Innocence,Mississippi.
Who it may be is anybodys guess, from a maniacal father to
the wealthy Longstreets.
The review of this Book prepared by Teresa McNamara

A woman comes into a small town and her neighbor begins a romance with her. In the midst of this, there is a murderer loose in the town who has killed numerous women and is now trying to kill her.
The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Hayn

World famous violinist, Caroline Waverly, comes to the small, sleepy, Southern town of Innocence, Mississippi to find the peace and tranquility she so desperately needs after becoming burned out and unsatisified with her career and her life in general. She gets more than she bargained for however, in the form of the charming, arrogant and oh-so-sexy Tucker Longstreet, member of one of the town's most prominent families. It soon becomes apparent to Caroline that her dreams for peace and tranquility may turn into a nightmare when she discovers the body of a murdered young women, the victim of a serial killer that was slowly eating away at the town's innocence.
The review of this Book prepared by Anita Carr

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confused    -   sensitive Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   musician Effect of sexing    -   confused


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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