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Julia Heaberlin - Author

About the Author

Julia Heaberlin is an award-winning journalist who has worked for such newspapers as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,The Detroit News and The Dallas Morning News. She was inspired to write her first thriller, Playing Dead, after receiving a letter from a stranger who wondered if she was her daughter, who had been kidnapped years before. Julia lives in Texas near Dallas/Fort Worth with her journalist husband and a son.

 

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Featured books by Julia Heaberlin

Playing Dead

Playing Dead

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The Truth: Not sure who to trust or what to believe, Tommie sets out to discover the truth about her identity and in doing so uncovers explosive secrets that threaten not only her life, but also the lives of those she holds dear. A riveting debut novel from a thrilling new voice, PLAYING DEAD is a mesmerizing story of family, identity and secrets that can kill.

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Other books by Julia Heaberlin

We Are All the Same in the Dark

We Are All the Same in the Dark

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Get your hands on the new nail-biting thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans 'Gorgeous writing, interesting characters, a unique setting, and an unsettling, surprising mystery. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all' Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls It's been a decade since the town's sweetheart Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind. Since her disappearance, Tru's brother, Wyatt, has lived as an outcast, desperate to know what happened to his sister. So when Wyatt finds a lost girl, he believes she is a sign. But for new cop, Odette Tucker, this girl's appearance reopens old wounds. Determined to solve both cases, Odette fights to save a lost girl in the present and in doing so digs up a shocking truth about that fateful night in the past . . . 'One of my favourite reads of the year. The twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through the pages of this spine-chilling novel . . . Absolutely mesmerizing' Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence READERS LOVE WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK: 'What a phenomenal book. The author doesn't just give you a mystery to solve but a mesmerizing story with people who get into your soul. Poetic, gut-wrenching, suspenseful' 5***** Reader Review 'This story sucked me in and spit me out. Captivating, suspenseful and heart-wrenching. The characters grab you and don't let go' 5***** Reader Review 'Julia does it again! Brilliant, extraordinary, captivating. The excitability of this book pulls you into each page right along with Odette to solve the mystery. This is a must read' 5***** Reader Review 'I devoured every page. A disturbing, sad and moving mystery' 5***** Reader Review 'Captivating from start to finish' 5***** Reader Review 'A fantastic psychological thriller. Julia knows how to write disturbing characters that will have you questioning their motives and capabilities right up until the end' 5***** Reader Review 'Twisty and atmospheric' Prima Praise for Julia Heaberlin 'A thriller to make you remember why you love thrillers' Observer 'Gripping' The Times 'Wonderful . . . creepy . . . a work of art' Sunday Express 'Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place . . . well worth the read' Guardian

We Are All the Same in the Dark

We Are All the Same in the Dark

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Pre-order the next nail-biting thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans 'Gorgeous writing, interesting characters, a unique setting, and an unsettling, surprising mystery. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all' Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls It's been a decade since the town's sweetheart Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind. Since her disappearance, Tru's brother, Wyatt, has lived as an outcast, desperate to know what happened to his sister. So when Wyatt finds a lost girl, he believes she is a sign. But for new cop, Odette Tucker, this girl's appearance reopens old wounds. Determined to solve both cases, Odette fights to save a lost girl in the present and in doing so digs up a shocking truth about that fateful night in the past . . . 'One of my favourite reads of the year. The twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through the pages of this spine-chilling novel . . . Absolutely mesmerizing' Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence READERS LOVE WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK: 'What a phenomenal book. The author doesn't just give you a mystery to solve but a mesmerizing story with people who get into your soul. Poetic, gut-wrenching, suspenseful' 5***** Reader Review 'This story sucked me in and spit me out. Captivating, suspenseful and heart-wrenching. The characters grab you and don't let go' 5***** Reader Review 'Julia does it again! Brilliant, extraordinary, captivating. The excitability of this book pulls you into each page right along with Odette to solve the mystery. This is a must read' 5***** Reader Review 'I devoured every page. A disturbing, sad and moving mystery' 5***** Reader Review 'Captivating from start to finish' 5***** Reader Review 'A fantastic psychological thriller. Julia knows how to write disturbing characters that will have you questioning their motives and capabilities right up until the end' 5***** Reader Review

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

A chilling new thriller that gets into the heart and mind of the killer, and the victim . . . Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a 'Black-Eyed Susan' by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars - or so she thought. Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa's bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison . . .

Paper Ghosts

Paper Ghosts

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The unputdownable thriller from the bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans. 'Gripping' The Times ____________ Long ago, Carl Feldman was acquitted of murder. Now he's an old man, living alone with his fading memories. His daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she's not his daughter, and if she has her way, he's not coming back . . . This woman is sure Carl's a murderer, and that he's killed others - including her sister Rachel. And she will stop at nothing to find out the truth. ____________ 'Wonderful . . . creepy . . . a work of art' Sunday Express 'A beautifully written and extraordinary book' Sophie Hannah 'Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place . . . well worth the read' Guardian

Paper Ghosts

Paper Ghosts

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2018

A Texas map marked with three red dots like drops of blood. A serial killer who claims to have dementia. A mysterious young woman who wants answers. What could go wrong?';A rich hybrid work that's at once . . . a murder mystery, a road novel, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography.'The Sunday Times(U.K.), Thriller of the MonthAn obsessive young woman has been waiting half her lifesince she was twelve years oldfor this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her.Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer who may or may not have dementiaand may or may not be a serial killer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter. He doesn't believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn't believe him.Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? InPaper Ghosts,Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. You won't see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile.Praise forPaper Ghosts';You'll enjoy the journey and all its macabre side trips. You'll love the travel commentary written in Heaberlin's lean, muscular prose. . . . Signposts along the way warn of angst, secrets and deadly plot twists, but you'll never see what's coming. You'll step out of this fictional vehicle feeling like you've been T-boned by an 18-wheeler.'The Washington Post';Heaberlin anchors her books with troubled but endearingly badass women. Think Amy Schumer's character inTrainwreckexcept with guns and the greater possibility of redemption. . . . Like [Patricia]Highsmith, Heaberlin displays a keen grasp of casual cruelty that defines human interaction, not to mention a flair for stories in which no oneleast of all the protagonistcan be trusted.'D Magazine';[An] artful and elegiac psychological thriller . . . Heaberlin brilliantly combines travelogue with a heartbreaking portrait of the damage done by childhood.'Publishers Weekly(starred review)

Paper Ghosts

Paper Ghosts

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2018

'Utterly compelling . . . the writing is mesmeric' Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me 'This book haunted me . . . The writing is beautiful and chilling, laced with a subtle dark humour, and the multiple twists build to a perfect icy shiver of an ending. I loved it!' C J Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man **PREORDER THE CHILLING NEW THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMESBESTSELLER BLACK-EYED SUSANS** Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer. That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted. Before his admission to a care home for dementia. Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she's not his daughter and, if she has her way, he's not coming back . . . Because Carl's past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he's killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel. Now they're following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel. Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he's guilty of nothing and she's the liar. Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she's taking a terrible risk. For if Carl really is a serial killer, she's alone in the most dangerous place of all . . . Praise for Black-Eyed Susans 'It's a terrific plot, matched by the quality of the writing and superbly paced tension' The Times Book of the Month 'Black Eyed Susans is a compelling read, especially for Serial fans' Cosmopolitan 'My book of the year so far. Breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant... A beautifully written, gripping, intelligent, unpredictable crime novel that obsessed me from start to finish' Awarded Crime Novel of the Year by Sophie Hannah, internationally bestselling author of The Narrow Bed 'Creepy and compelling, Black-Eyed Susans is a shadowy and crooked journey to a very dark place indeed, a twisty fairytale that deceives you just when you think you've cracked it and a thriller to make you remember why you love thrillers. Don't miss it' Observer, Thriller of the Month 'One of the classiest thrillers you'll read this year' Charlotte Heathcote of Daily Express and Sunday Express 'About as good an example of Grip Lit as you could read' Sunday Independent 'Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place' Guardian

Lie Still

Lie Still

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/12/2016

'I never told anyone about the letters. It was another of my secrets, one that would . . . lead to places I don't want to go again.' When Emily and her husband move to Clairmont, Texas, they believe that it's the perfect place to build a new life. At a prestigious party, she meets a group of rich and influential housewives, but soon she begins to suspect that there is more to them than meets the eye. Then local doyenne Caroline disappears and Emily receives a host of threatening letters. Is Emily's troubled past coming back to haunt her, or is something sinister happening in this peaceful town?

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans

Author: Julia Heaberlin Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

For fans of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes an electrifying novel of stunning psychological suspense.I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.The lucky one.As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving Black-Eyed Susan, the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessas testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susansa summertime bloomjust outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implicationsthat she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at largeTessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memoriesand to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.What they dont know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowersas a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.