Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense

By Julia Heaberlin

4 out of 5 stars

Tessa is kidnapped at 17 and becomes the only surviving victim of a serial killer. Years later, the man she said was the killer is due to die on death row and she now believes she’s made a mistake. She’s aiding a lawyer in trying to remember exactly what happened and who the real killer is. Is it the person that has followed her since then, leaving black-eyed susans planted wherever she is?

The story is told as the chapters go back and forth between today and the search for real clues and from 1995, as she talks to a therapist about trying to remember right after the trauma. I liked the way that flowed because sometimes that can be confusing but it works in this story. There were times it dragged a bit for me but for the most part, I was drawn into the mystery. I had three different ideas of who it could be and I was wrong for the most part, that’s always a good thing, keep em guessing! A good thriller with a few eerie elements thrown in.

I happily received and ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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