Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Wednesday Whodunit - Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

 Tessa Cartwright, age sixteen, was found in a field of Black-eyed Susans amid bones of murder victims. Barely alive, she doesn't remember much. However her testimony helped put a man on death row. 

Now decades later, a fresh batch of flowers appears below her bedroom window. Is the real killer still at large? Lawyers, forensic investigators, and psychologists work to unlock the past and perhaps save a man on his last appeal. 

cover blurb - As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night. 

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin turns up the suspense quotient with  lots of twists and turns. Our strong hero, Tessa, is presented as an adult and alternating chapters as a teen with trauma. Great writing, strong characters, a Texas backdrop - all add up to a page turner. Kept me guessing for sure. 


  1. Hi Joanne - sounds a great read ... and probably another I should get to understand Texas a bit more - but suspect that won't happen - a friend, who is moving, brought in a load of his wife's books (whodunnits) which as no-one else took ... I did! So at some stage some books for a quick read .. cheers Hilary

    1. Ooh. A free stash of books! Wish I lived near and could mooch. So many books. So little time. Alas!

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