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Review: BLACK EYED SUSANS, Julia Heaberlin

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“Made me want to go back to the start and read it all over again”


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?


A compelling and different take on a serial killer book, both told from the same person’s point of view – but decades apart.

First there is Tessie, the teenager struggling to deal with the immediate aftermath of being the lone survivor found in a pile of girls’ remains. Then there is Tessa, now grown up with a teenage daughter of her own, but still so haunted by what happened to her. The brilliance of the writing is that the two versions both work as the same character, but there are also enough differences for… TO READ THE REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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