Review: 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.