By Julia Heaberlin
TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER • For enthusiasts of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes an electrifying novel of gorgeous mental suspense.
“My booklet of the 12 months to this point . . . breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling writer of The Monogram Murders
I am the big name of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of many 4 Black-Eyed Susans. The fortunate one.
As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was once present in a Texas box, slightly alive amid a scattering of bones, with merely fragments of reminiscence as to how she received there. Ever when you consider that, the click has pursued her because the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the homicide sufferers due to the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony approximately these tragic hours positioned a guy on loss of life row.
Now, virtually twenty years later, Tessa is an artist and unmarried mom. within the desolate chilly of February, she is surprised to find a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outdoor her bed room window. Terrified on the implications—that she despatched the incorrect guy to legal and the true killer is still at large—Tessa turns to the attorneys operating to exonerate the fellow waiting for execution. however the flora by myself aren't facts sufficient, and the forensic research of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An blameless lifestyles hangs within the stability. The felony workforce appeals to Tessa to suffer hypnosis to retrieve misplaced memories—and to percentage the drawings she produced as a part of an experimental treatment presently after her rescue.
What they don’t be aware of is that Tessa and the scared, fragile lady she was once have outfitted a castle of secrets and techniques. because the clock ticks towards the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, yet much more for the protection of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer nonetheless roaming unfastened, taunting Tessa with a path of clues? She has no selection yet to confront outdated ghosts and lingering nightmares to eventually become aware of what particularly occurred that night.
surprising, extreme, and totally unique, Black-Eyed Susans is a stunning mental mystery, seamlessly weaving prior and found in a searing story of a tender girl whose harrowing stories stay in a box of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling go back to his garden.
Praise for Black-Eyed Susans
“A masterful mystery that shouldn’t be overlooked . . . brilliantly conceived, fantastically performed . . . [Julia] Heaberlin’s paintings calls to brain that of Gillian Flynn. either writers released awesome early novels that have been mostly missed, after which one who couldn’t be: Flynn’s Gone Girl and now Heaberlin’s Black-Eyed Susans. Don’t omit it.”—The Washington Post
“[A] gem of a unique . . . richly textured, superbly written . . . stress builds, and the plot twists think earned in addition to surely surprising.”—The Boston Globe
“A annoying, slow-burning, fantastically written novel of survival and wish. hugely recommended.”—William Landay, New York Times bestselling writer of Defending Jacob
“Deliciously twisty and eerie, Heaberlin’s 3rd mental suspense novel is intricately layered and immediately compelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Brilliant . . . a breakout book.”—Fort worthy Star-Telegram
From the Hardcover edition.
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