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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Black-Eyed Susans

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Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016.

March 2016 Book of the Month.

A powerful thriller with a knack for riding the tightrope between scaring the hell out of you and making you feel compassionate for its harried heroine, Heaberlin's crime debut is to be applauded. Sixteen year old Tessa survived a serial killer while her friend didn't and she woke next to a corpse in a shallow grave. Her testimony put Terrell Goodwin on death row and his execution is now imminent, but who has been planting clumps of flowers by her house, indicating that perhaps she was wrong and the 32 hours she forgot are key to the answers. Did he or didn't he? With a fairy-tale-like atmosphere, the creepy thriller works insidiously on the senses and proves profoundly discombobulating as sympathies jump between characters and new possibilities pop into mind. Clever, ingeniously manipulative and elegant. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Julia Heaberlin you might also like to read books by Harlan Coben, Sophie Hannah and Julie Corbin.

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Now selected for Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club September 2015. This is 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. Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter's safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it's too late?


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

'One of the classiest thrillers you'll read this year' Charlotte Heathcote

'About as good an example of Grip Lit as you could read' Sunday Independent

'Sophisticated, disturbing and with plenty of red herrings' Woman and Home

'We can't remember the last time a thriller burrowed under out skin like this. Sparkling characters, authentic emotion, and an unpredictable plot makes this a terrific read from start to end' iBook, Books of the Month

'An absorbing character study and a good choice for readers who want to really sink into a psychological thriller' Booklist

'A truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption' Kirkus Reviews

'Black-Eyed Susans is a masterful thriller that shouldn't be missed ... and in terms of suspense, characterizations and storytelling... is outstanding. Heaberlin's work calls to mind that of Gillian Flynn. Both writers published impressive early novels that were largely overlooked, and then one that couldn't be: Flynn's Gone Girl and now Heaberlin's Black-Eyed Susans. Don't miss it.' Washington Post

About the Author

Julia Heaberlin

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.

Author photo © Jill Johnson

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10th March 2016


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Penguin Books Ltd


416 pages


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