by Melissa Wren
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Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Olivia Penn already lost her baby and her best friend. She’s not about to lose the biggest story of her career.
With the help of her police contact, she’s on the case of what appears to be a random string of high-profile suicides sparked by guilty consciences. But there’s something strange about the suicide notes: They all say, “I deserve to die.” Olivia is determined to break the story that the deaths are the work of a serial killer.
She gets her big break when the killer commits a sensational double murder. “The Punisher” is on the hunt, and adulterers among the elite of Washington, D.C. are his prey.
The further Olivia pursues her story, the more her life unravels. And the more she uncovers, the more she begins to think that solving this case will also lead to discovering the truth behind her best friend’s mysterious disappearance two years earlier.
Willing to do anything to unveil the identity of the psychopath who is behind the successive murders, she finds herself embroiled in a psychological game, and it’s become chillingly personal. A stalker has been breaking into her home and sending threatening messages. Someone is trying to scare her away from her attempts to bait The Punisher with her news stories - someone close to her. It’s a dangerous game she’s playing, and it all leads up to a magnificent twist ending. Will Olivia’s search for truth turn up anything? Or will her tenacious investigation cause her to lose her job, or her marriage - or her life?
Praise for the Book
"An interesting array of characterizations interwoven within a twisted plot. It will be intriguing to see how many characters surface in sequence novels, if any. Can’t wait till the next book to find out." ~ Allen W.
"An amazing read! This book really is a psychological thriller. I didn’t want to put it down. Definitely put Serial Vengeance on your summer reading list!!" ~ Mikel S.
"I enjoy the back drop of Washington, DC. It made me feel part of the excitement. Of course, with The Punisher out stalking, that could be a problem." ~ Michael P.
"What a great read! I could not put this book down. The cleverly written story kept me captivated with all the twists and turns involving intriguing characters. I loved the short chapters connecting mystery, murder and mayhem. Being on the edge of my seat and totally shocked at the end left me yearning for the sequel!" ~ Rhonda N.
"I could not put it down. It was amazing. I loved the flow of the story with the surprising twists. The characters and events were so real. I look forward to a sequel I really want to know what happens in Olivia and Stacy’s lives. Bravo!" ~ Carol R.
"Awesome book! The suspense starts right off in the first few pages and goes all the way through. It was a page-turner and an enjoyable read. The Punisher character is very well thought out and has a great twist at the end. I loved this book and totally recommend to anyone looking for a great story." ~ Dawn & Lee H.
"Loved the plot! It kept me interested the whole way through! I have 4 kids, so I had to put it down...but I didn't want to, especially when the plot started to thicken. I love that Melissa is from my home town of Granbury, and was super excited to see what type of author she was. I will definitely read more of her work...as she writes it! Thanks again, Melissa Wren Williams." ~ Jennifer E.
"Loved, loved, loved it. Great read!!! Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book!! Thanks Melissa, can't wait to see what else you write." ~ Heather B.
About the Author
After gaining her B.A. in broadcast journalism from Texas Tech University in 1998, Melissa Wren moved abroad to London, England and began her career in advertising, which eventually took her to Dallas, Texas and then to Monterey, California. She spent more than four years on the West Coast before relocating to Washington, D.C. to work in communications and with the press for a government agency for four more years.
Wren recognized her God-given passion for creating stories at an early age, finishing her first novel when she was 12 years old. During her time in the nation’s capital, she wrote the psychological thriller Serial Vengeance, joining such organizations as Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Washington Independent Writers and Thriller Fest.
She currently lives in her hometown of Granbury, Texas, and works as a freelance writer/editor for hire, penning anything from professional business copy, human-interest stories, magazine articles, poetry, creative fiction to non-fiction.
She’s written for Lake Granbury Living, Erath County Living, and Granbury Showcase magazines, as well as for the Hood County News. Currently she’s a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
Wren also compiled and published Cancer Chronicles: One Man’s Journey to Glorify God Through Illness, released in 2013.