- I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one.
- 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. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. 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.
- What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.
- Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.
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“This was such a great book! It is not a fast paced thriller, but instead one that tantalizingly unveils a new clue with each chapter, keeping the reader hooked. I read a review that described it as “slow-burning” and I think that’s the perfect way to describe Black Eyed Susans. If you liked You Should Have Known by Jean Hanf Korelitz, you’ll probably like this too!” By Amanda
“So I started a book club – and this was the clubs first book! I took a risk because I hadn’t actually read it before picking it, but it was the perfect choice. Gave us SO much to talk about – from the structure of the book to the characters to the twists and turns and finally the ending. It wasn’t a perfect book – the start was too slow and I didn’t care for the ending – but it was GREAT as a book club pick and a very good book overall.” By E. Truman
Kindle Price: Hardcover $15.89, Paperback $15.01, Audible $14.35, Audio CD $14.99
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition (August 11, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,982 in Books