Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin


I am the Cartwright girl, dumped once upon a time with a strangled college student and a stack of human bones out past Highway 10, in an abandoned patch of field near the Jenkins property.
I am the star of screaming tabloid headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one.

This book jumps between multiple points of time, from just after Tessa was found, to the current day, two decades later where she is a mom with a daughter almost the age that she was when she went missing. This allows the story to gradually unfold, and leave you on several cliffhangers while it jumps to a different time.

It had me thoroughly hooked from the beginning, wanting to learn what happened to this woman who lives in constant fear. I had my suspicions but they all proved to be incorrect. I do love a good twist that I don’t see coming.

Imagination, of course, can open any door— turn the key and let terror walk right in.

I have read this author before, but hadn’t recognized her name, nor did I remember much of the story I read previously, which should tell you a lot about how much I enjoyed that book. However, I found the writing quite enjoyable in this one, and feel that my previous ambivalence was more that the subject matter of the book didn’t interest me than anything else.

I did dock it a star because while the pacing was generally good, I felt that part of it was because Tessie didn’t WANT to really know what happened, which annoyed me to no end and dragged the book out.

3.5 stars rounded up.


About Kaora

Software Developer by day, avid reader by night. I also play a lot of video games especially Assassin’s Creed, League of Legends, Overwatch, CounterStrike, Call of Duty, Tomb Raider and Mass Effect, although this does seriously cut into my reading time. So in a nutshell…. Just a huge nerd.

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