Black-eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin – Book Review

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This is a psychological thriller, told with great suspense by Heaberlin. Tessa Cartwright is the only surviving victim of a serial killer. Eighteen years ago, Tessa regained consciousness in a field of Black-eyed Susans with the bones and bodies of other victims. The man who was convicted and is sitting on death row is trying to get a re-trail to prove his innocence, Tessa has declined to help, even though she believes that he may be innocent.

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After receiving a “gift” of freshly planted Black-eyed Susans underneath her daughter’s window, (and these are not the first flowers that have been planted outside her various addresses), Tessa decides that she needs to help the defense. The novel follows stalkers and various other nefarious leads, never giving us all the information, since Tessa doesn’t remember much from her attack. This memory loss and the problems that it brings really helps move the plot along, and has us wondering if Tessa will remember in time.

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I enjoyed this novel. It kept me on my toes – I didn’t want to miss a single clue. Tessa’s character was well drawn and she had my sympathy from the beginning. I highly recommend this book. It was one of the most interesting thrillers I’ve read.

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