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Book Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Hey Guys!

It’s Sunday and that means that it is time for another book review. This week is going to be a bit different. I am currently away from home visiting my big sister for a few days and I honestly haven’t had a chance to finish a book (I managed to get yesterday’s read before I left home) but I didn’t want you guys to have nothing, so my sister kindly offered to let me post on of her reviews, so, here it is. This is Alice’s review for Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.


Found in a shallow grave in the middle of Texas, barely alive and surrounded by bones, Tessa Cartwright was the only survivor of a serial killer. A young girl; kidnapped, beaten and left for dead. Now she is grown up with a daughter of her own, she begins remember what happened to her all those years ago and begins to question if the right man is behind bars.

1995, a teenage Tessie, who is dealing with the aftermath of her torment and her near death experience. Through therapy sessions Tessie is encouraged to work through her ordeal and remember key information to help identify her abductor and bring him to justice. She is somewhat coerced into testifying against Terrell Darcy Goodwin the man accused of her abduction who is sentenced and incarcerated on death row awaiting the date of his execution.

Present day Tessa, still haunted by memories from the past and is unsure that the right man has been convicted. With the date of Terrell’s execution looming ever closer she becomes increasingly more concerned that he may indeed be innocent. If he isn’t guilty then the killer is still out there. A terrifying thought for Tessa who now not only fears for herself but also for her daughter, Charlie.

Tessa is torn between wanting to know the truth about what happened and fearing the foggy curtain will lift and reveal things she would rather not know. Someone keeps leaving her mementos of the killings. It can only be the real killer, right? Following her around from one house and town to the next. Never letting her out of his sight. Always reminding her of how lucky she is, and yet knowing he can take it away at any moment in time. Heaberlin has the intimate descriptions, emotions and flashbacks down to a tee. Smells that bring it all back and make her gag. Flowers that remind her of the fact she is one of the Susans, and of the course the Susans themselves. They speak to her, they spoke to her in the grave. The dead, the decomposed and the bones, they speak to her still.

Intense, creepy and atmospheric, Black-Eyed Susans is a intelligent character driven masterpiece excellently paced with some great plot twists which had me guessing right to the very end. I will not be able to look at the yellow daisies I walk past each day without thinking about Julia Heaberlin’s thriller for a very long time.

star 44 out of 5

And there we have it. have you read Black-Eyed Susans? What did you think about it? did you like this kind of guest reviewer? Is it something that you would like me to do from time to time? Everything will be back to normal next week. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.


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