Waiting on Wednesday: Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Posted June 17, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Memes, Waiting on Wednesday / 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday: Black Eyed Susans by Julia HeaberlinBlack-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
Published by Ballantine Books on July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 9780804177993
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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. Tessa's 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 susans a summertime bloom just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large Tessa 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 memories and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.

What they don't 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 flowers as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.

Why I’m Waiting

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Who doesn’t love a good thriller. I saw this book several months ago on NetGalley, and the stunning cover captivated me. After I read the synopsis, I knew I had to requested it. Over the last couple of years I have been reading lots of dystopian novels, but growing up I used to devour thrillers. From Stephen King to James Patterson, and every Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine in between, I could never get enough of being thrilled and chilled from a great suspense yarn. Black Eyed Susans reminded me of those books. Originally it was slated to come out next month, but it looks like they’ve pushed it back a week or so. Still, I’ll probably begin it soon, as I’m dying to read it.

About Julia Heaberlin

Julia Heaberlin, is an award-winning journalist who has directed arts and lifestyle coverage at the Fort-Worth Star Telegram and The Detroit News. She lives with her family in Texas, where she is at work on her next novel of psychological suspense.


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