Friday 56 // Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Friday 56-2This book meme is hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

The Rules 

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
  • Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
  • Post it.
  • Add your (URL) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post URL, not your blog URL.

This week’s excerpt is from Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

The skull is now facing us, leering from its spot on the counter. The woman in white is still unwrapping puzzle pieces. A long pearly leg bone, and then another in worse shape, like a tree branch snapped off in winter.


About the Book

9780718181338-668x10241I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.

As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.

What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a  fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.

Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin is now available where ever books are sold. You can purchase a copy on Book Depository, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookseller. 

You can add Black-Eyed Susans to Goodreads list here.


What do you think? Would you keep reading? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below! 

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