Black Eyed-Susans - Julia Heaberlin

Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: 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. 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.


Review: Wow. that synopsis is long, and that's the culled version. The original told basically two thirds of the book.

I wanted to really like this book, I loved the premise and even chanced buying a paperback copy of it rather than getting it on my tablet. Admittedly, part of that was the cover. It's a great cover. Unfortunately it didn't really keep me all that engaged. I enjoyed reading about Tessa, her daughter, and the investigation was pretty interesting. Even if the plot itself wasn't overly riveting, there was enough in the psychiatrist sessions and the forensics for it to keep me reading to the end and not come away totally disappointed. It was, however, a little bit of a chore to pick it up every evening.

I'm not sure. I think it deserves more than two stars, so I'm giving it three, but I really don't think it's all that remarkable. I didn't buy the ending at all, thought it was way over the top.

You could do worse than this book, but I wouldn't recommend racing out to buy it.

Rating: 3/5 

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