Four in a Grave
Title: Black Eyed Susans
Author: Julia Heaberlin
No. of pages: 354
I have no words.
But I will try my absolute best, to sum up my feelings.
This book is about Tessa who is the only living survivor of a serial killer who buried her alive along with three other girls. Their grave was then covered with 'black-eyed Susans' which are a yellow flowered weed (hence the title of the book)
This story takes place sixteen years later, in the state of Texas. The trial is over, and the supposed killer is on death row, waiting to be executed. However, Tessa is now unsure if the killer has actually been caught since someone keeps planting these weird flowers outside her window. So she teams up with the defence lawyer and together they try to find evidence that convict is innocent.
Besides the fact that at times the story can drag slightly, I thought it was a thrilling read, just as a mystery should be written. Plenty of red herrings and twists and turns to keep you guessing at the identity of the killer and other aspects of the case.
It's definitely not one for the faint-hearted, there are graphic details of the murder and the entire atmosphere around the story is unsettling, perfect for a psychological thriller....although I wouldn't take read this on the beach.
I want to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible so I will say this is a must read!
Mind = Blown
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