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Review: Black Eyed Susans

March 31, 2016

Black Eyed Susans

As a teenager, Tessa was abducted and dumped in a field of Black Eyed Susans, barely clinging to life.  It’s a struggle but she recovers and is able to testify against the man who committed the crime, helping put him on death row.  Twenty years later, she’s mostly healed and has a daughter of her own and a patch of Black Eyed Susans seems to pop up wherever she goes.  She’s beginning to wonder if she helped convict the wrong man.

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Hearberlin is such a well constructed book!  At first, the narration switches between teenaged Tessa and Tessa of the current day; later it alternates between present day Tessa and her testimony during the trial.

I was glued to this book from the very beginning.  When Tessa was found in the field twenty years ago she was surrounded by the remains of other young women.  It’s a horrible situation to live through but Tessa is determined to bring the perpetrator to justice, as much for the young women who didn’t survive as for herself.  Now, twenty years later, she’s a single mom and wondering if she helped convict the wrong man.  As Tessa tries to piece together her past, she makes some startling discoveries that rock her world, leading to a stunning conclusion.

I thought Black Eyed Susans was terrific!  I couldn’t wait to get back to it and gasped a time or two as I read it.  I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Whitney Dykhouse, Eric G. Dove, and Karen Peakes.  They all did a great job (even though the Texas accents were odd at times) and kept me fully engaged in this exciting story.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2016 7:59 am

    Glad you liked it so much. I think I’ll add it to my list.

  2. March 31, 2016 8:27 am

    this sounds terrific

  3. March 31, 2016 8:31 am

    Sounds great!!

  4. Patty permalink
    March 31, 2016 8:47 am

    It was a really intense book. I loved it, too!

  5. March 31, 2016 9:08 am

    I read this in print and thought it was terrific too.

  6. March 31, 2016 9:25 am

    This looks really good. I hope you used for this week’s quiz 🙂

  7. March 31, 2016 9:31 am

    I just put it on my TBP list.

  8. March 31, 2016 9:45 am

    This sounds exciting Kathy, edge of seat intense worthy. Adding to my list to read this year.

  9. March 31, 2016 10:03 am

    So glad you liked it. This really was such a great read – its such a gripping story. I really can’t wait to see what she writes about next.

  10. March 31, 2016 10:40 am

    Aaaah! This sounds good but not my kind of read — I’m too wimpy! However, my wife loves Laura Lippman and I bet she’d inhale this one — thanks for the review.

  11. March 31, 2016 11:37 am

    I loved this book, too; it was one of my favorites in 2015. Your description of how you couldn’t wait to get back to the book…my feelings exactly. Thanks for sharing.

  12. March 31, 2016 12:45 pm

    Wow, this sounds great! I don’t even remember hearing about it!

  13. March 31, 2016 1:04 pm

    Love the sound of this one. Any book that makes you want to go back to it is a win.

  14. March 31, 2016 4:00 pm

    It’s going on my audible wish list!

  15. April 1, 2016 1:24 am

    Kathy, this sounds like my kind of book! Excellent review. 🙂

  16. April 1, 2016 10:04 am

    I haven’t seen this one but it sounds like one I need to get!

  17. April 1, 2016 3:24 pm

    I love the premise. Sounds promising.

  18. April 1, 2016 8:57 pm

    I have a copy of the audio and your review makes me even more excited to listen to it!

  19. April 2, 2016 8:27 am

    I hadn’t heard about this before but it sounds awesome. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it!

  20. April 3, 2016 7:35 pm

    Oh… this sounds like a good one. I was first attracted to the book cover, but your review solidified my interest 🙂

  21. Ryan permalink
    April 3, 2016 11:50 pm

    I haven’t been into audio books that much, but want to start trying them. Does having multiple narrators throw the pacing off?

  22. April 4, 2016 12:45 am

    Hi Kathy,

    I already have this book on my ‘Want To Read’ list, however your review has made me even more determined to get to it, sooner rather than later!

    I didn’t realise until I checked, that Rudbeckia, or Black-Eyed Susan, symbolises “justice”, so the lines about Tessa wondering if she has convicted the wrong man, then made perfect sense.

    I couldn’t listen to the audio version I’m afraid and it almost sounds as though you had read the physical book yourself.

    Thanks for a great review 🙂

    Yvonne

  23. April 4, 2016 6:51 pm

    I want to read this book. I like this kind of mystery.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2016 5:58 pm

    Hmmmmm… I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of this one. Sounds like a winner!

  25. April 7, 2016 9:27 pm

    I just added this to my Audible wishlist, as I love audios with multiple readers. It sounds very good!

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