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Julia Heaberlin

THE CHILLING NEW THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER BLACK-EYED SUSANS

THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME THRILLER OF THE MONTH

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My Sister disappeared.

I know who took her.

Now I've taken him.

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Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who once took photographs.

That was before he was tried for murder and acquitted.

Before dementia and his admission to a Texas care facility.

Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she's not his daughter, and, if she has her way, he's not coming back . . .

Because Carl's past has finally caught up with him. The woman driving the car is convinced he's guilty, and that he's killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they're driving across Texas, following his photographs, his clues, his crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. To discover what happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he's guilty of nothing and she's the liar. Either way, in driving him into the Texan badlands she's taking a terrible risk.

For if Carl really is a serial killer, she's alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .

'Utterly compelling . . . the writing is mesmeric' Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me

'This book haunted me . . . The writing is beautiful and chilling, laced with a subtle dark humour, and the multiple twists build to a perfect icy shiver of an ending. I loved it!' C J Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

'Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place' Guardian

Black-Eyed Susans

Julia Heaberlin

**THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

'My book of the year so far. Breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant... A beautifully written, gripping, intelligent, unpredictable crime novel that obsessed me from start to finish' Awarded Crime Novel of the Year by Sophie Hannah, internationally bestselling author of The Narrow Bed

A chilling new thriller that gets into the heart and mind of the killer, and the victim . . .

Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a 'Black-Eyed Susan' by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars - or so she thought.

Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa's bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison.

Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter's safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it's too late?

Praise for Black-Eyed Susans

'It's a terrific plot, matched by the quality of the writing and superbly paced tension' The Times Book of the Month

'Black Eyed Susans is a compelling read, especially for Serial fans' Cosmopolitan

'Creepy and compelling, Black-Eyed Susans is a shadowy and crooked journey to a very dark place indeed, a twisty fairytale that deceives you just when you think you've cracked it and a thriller to make you remember why you love thrillers. Don't miss it' Observer, Thriller of the Month

'One of the classiest thrillers you'll read this year' Charlotte Heathcote of Daily Express and Sunday Express

'Mesmerising . . . In a crowded field, Heaberlin is something special, and clearly an author to whom close attention must be paid' Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

'About as good an example of Grip Lit as you could read' Sunday Independent

'Sophisticated, disturbing and with plenty of red herrings' Woman and Home

'We can't remember the last time a thriller burrowed under our skin like this. Sparkling characters, authentic emotion, and an unpredictable plot makes this a terrific read from start to end' iBooks, Books of the Month

'The assured telling of this chiller combines to create a very modern Gothic horror that will keep you up way past your bedtime' Sunday Mirror

'A sophisticated take on the serial killer novel' Good Housekeeping

'Black Eyed Susans is haunting, intense and original - it'll keep you guessing till the last page' Closer

'A masterful thriller that shouldn't be missed. Heaberlin's work calls to mind that of Gillian Flynn. Both writers published impressive early novels that were largely overlooked, and then one that couldn't be: Flynn's Gone Girl and now Heaberlin's Black-Eyed Susans. Don't miss it' Washington Post

'A fascinating, twisted book' Koethi Zan, author of Richard and Judy-selected THE NEVER LIST

'This is a deftly organised, impeccably paced psychological suspense thriller that nods to Daphne du Maurier and, like all Heaberlin's fiction, boasts purr-inducing prose ' Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

'Tense, pacy and compelling, Black-Eyed Susans is a taut psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Julia Haeberlin masterfully ramps up the suspense gradually, building to an explosive denouement that you won't see coming. Quite simply, the best thriller you'll read this year - perhaps decade. Miss it at your peril. Keep Calm and Read a Book Reviews

Biography

Julia Heaberlin is an award-winning journalist. She has also edited numerous real-life thriller stories, including a series on the perplexing and tragic murders of girls buried in the Mexican desert and another on domestic violence. She lives with her husband and son in Texas.

Her previous novel, Black-Eyed Susans, was a Sunday Times number two bestseller and a Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club selection as well as Waterstones Thriller of the Month.