Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

9781405921275 Penguin


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: "A tense, beautifully written novel of survival and hope. Highly recommended." (William Landay, bestselling author of Richard and Judy-selected Defending Jacob). "A truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption." (Kirkus Reviews).

"An absorbing character study and a good choice for readers who want to really sink into a psychological thriller." (Booklist). "Gripping...The suspense builds as Tessie uncovers devastating secrets from the past en route to the shocking ending."(Publishers Weekly). "A spellbinding tale, at once both completely believable and utterly suspenseful - and once you reach the novel's perfect ending, you will want to read it again." (David Dow, Death Row investigator and author of Things I've learnt from Dying).

"With vivid, original prose that never misses its mark, Julia Heaberlin lures you into this psychologically astute and utterly riveting story of a victim left for dead by a serial killer, whose forgotten memories may hold the key to finding 'her monster. 'As this dark journey into her past unfolds, you will race through the pages to discover the shocking secrets she thinks she wants to remember - only to find the truth lingering in your own mind long after you're done. A fascinating, twisted book." (Koethi Zan, author of Richard and Judy-selected The Never List).