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review 2016-08-08 15:14
Review – Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin @juliathrillers
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin

The cover for Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin told me all I need to know.


I am a sucker for a great cover and the book design by Dana Leigh Blanchette evokes feelings of mystery and intrigue, making it a book that I want on my shelf.


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Black-Eyed Susans




I won Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and I was very excited to get my hands on this character-based psychological thriller. I love reading about serial killers and Black -Eyed Susans has enough twists and turns that it kept me guessing to the very end. To delve into the minds of Tessie and Lydia shows the games our mind can play with us and how nothing is ever as it seems on the surface. Being buried alive is one of the creepiest things I can imagine and even though Tessie survived the experience, the emotional scars are much deeper than the physical ones. Lydia… Is her entire story told…or does she keep some secrets never to be brought to light? Doesn’t matter to me, I love her anyway. The death penalty…O J Simpson…guilt…innocence…If you want to jump at every noise in the night, every doorbell ringing…you will want to read Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

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review 2016-07-03 04:36
Black-Eyed Susans Review!
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin



I won Black-Eyed Susans in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Goodreads and Ballantine Books!


Black-Eyed Susans is the best thriller that I have read in awhile. It's such a completely captivating book. I love how the story expertly weaves from Tessa's past and back into the present. And kept me entertained in both the present and in the flashbacks! Also, there is some forensic science in the book and I liked that a lot. It seemed to me that the author really did her research on the forensics and in other areas as well. Which is always appreciated! 



If you like tension in your thrillers then this one is for you! There is some major tension and buildup in this novel that leads to a great twist. I was turning the pages so fast, especially during the last quarter of the book. It was extremely intense! I had so many different theories going on in my head and I was dying to know what happened. I couldn't get to the end fast enough and I had to tell myself to slow down so I didn't miss anything. 



I also really like Tessa's character. She's an unreliable narrator and I expected to dislike her, but there is just something about her that made me root for her. It's interesting because I went back and forth a lot on if I believed anything she said. I like her daughter a lot as well. The dynamic of the relationship between the two of them is really interesting. Now that I'm thinking more about it, I liked a lot of the characters in the book. Woo hoo!



Overall Black-Eyed Susans is a fantastic book and it has become a new favorite book for me! I don't have a single complaint about it. The writing is superb. I will definitely have to read the author's other books. Wow. That's all I have left to say, just WOW!! 



I recommend Black-Eyed Susans to all thriller lovers. You won't be disappointed! 


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review 2015-11-14 00:00
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin I actually really enjoyed the slow build for the suspense. I just wish there was more of an explanation for the ending, though it could go on to be a second book. (I don't want it to be..) It's not that I didn't understand what happened, I just wanted a touch more.

Well written and a good suspense book. I feel like this is closer to what The Good Girl by Mary Kubica was trying to do... Heaberlin did it better and less predictable.
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review 2015-09-28 07:12
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin

Tessie is the only survivor of a brutal murderer (nicknamed Black-eyed Susans). The culprit is behind bars awaiting execution as this is Texas, but is he? Sadly this book took far too long to get going, wasn't creepy enough and it just didn't hold my attention. The reader is meant to empathise with Tessie as we find out what happened in alternate chapters when the teenager tells the tale. I realise I am going against the majority here but I just didn't like the way it was written and had to force myself to read it. I liked the cover very much!

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review 2015-09-26 17:09
from FictionZeal.com re: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin

Sixteen year old Tessie survived, just barely, at the hands of a madman.  She survived but in many ways she still lives through it and is still tormented by someone who continues to plant black-eyed susans on her property every year —  no matter where she moves and no matter how many times she moves.  Black-eyed susans remind her of that day.  She was in the same field as the other “Black-Eyed Susans”, a nickname given to the murdered girls.  They were all in a shallow grave covered over by these wildflowers.  Tessie did what many traumatized people would do – she blocked much of it from her mind.  Terrell Darcy Goodman had been arrested and in present day, his time on death row is nearing the end.  But is he the right man?

In present day, Tessa’s legal advisers want her to go under hypnosis.  They need her to remember.  She agrees she needs to remember, if for no other reason than to protect her daughter, fourteen year old Charlie.

If you want to know what apsychological thriller’ looks like, it is this book.  The pacing did not take off initially for me, even though I was still intrigued.  The story weaves back and forth between Tessie, as she was known then in 1995, and Tessa in present day.  It takes courage to relive such a horrific experience, and the author portrays the character of Tessa as a very strong but traumatized individual.  Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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