Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Posted March 28, 2018 by Lily B in Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia HeaberlinBlack-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
Series: standalone
Published by Ballantine Books on May 31st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Buy on Amazon
Rating: 3.5 Stars

A girl's memory lost in a field of wildflowers.A killer still spreading seeds.
At seventeen, Tessa became famous for being the only surviving victim of a vicious serial killer. Her testimony put him on death row. Decades later, a mother herself, she receives a message from a monster who should be in prison. Now, as the execution date rapidly approaches, Tessa is forced to confront a chilling possibility: Did she help convict the wrong man?

Black-Eyed Susan is about a woman named Tessa, who somehow survived the serial killer responsible for killing a bunch of young girls and burying them among the flowers Black Eyed Susan. Years later, she is still known as the surviving Susan, but with the “killer” on death row, Tessa teams up with Bill and Jo to uncover the truth about the real killer and hopefully release the wrongly accused man from being sentenced to his death.

This book follows two different timelines. We follow Tessie, a 16 year old girl and a survivor of her monster and Tessa in present time as a grown woman.

I don’t know how to feel about this to be honest. The mystery was interesting enough, but it was riddled with holes and the pacing made it hard to be really excited about.

Maybe it was just me, but I did not understand how they got the man that they did (the wrongfully accused) as the Black-Eyed Susan murderer. I thought it was going to be revealed through Tessie’s chapters, but I never got the answers I was looking for.

I did not understand why Tessie was spared and the other girls weren’t. How was she picked to be one of the victims?

I also did not understand who kept planting the Black-Eyed Susans years later.

The Lydia storyline seemed a bit far fetched an the end and really hard to believe.

I enjoyed the premise and felt it had a lot of potential, but it fell a bit flat for me. Also enjoyed the underlining commentary and an attempt to bring awareness of the whole justice system in Texas as far as Death Row goes. It was a bit terrifying and uncomfortable. I also enjoyed learning about forensic science and have discovered things I have never heard of before as far as bone identification goes.

Overall, it was a decent read but the pacing and the holes left in the story made me want a bit more. The ending I did not see coming and I was thankful for that, it took me a while to figure out who the killer really was.

Please follow and like us:
RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Visit Us

Tags:

Divider

11 responses to “Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

  1. This sounds like a really interesting premise, but I don’t like it when there are plot holes or things are brought up and never fully explained. At least the true identity of the killer was a surprise!

  2. I liked this one better than you, but is has been so long since I read it that I can’t remember your hang ups. It was a thrilling mystery with some exciting twists for sure.

  3. I remember wanting to read this one! Never got to it. It sounds like it’s not too bad although I think the things you mention would bother me too. I don’t like it when I finish a book and feel like there were too many plot holes, or I didn’t understand how something happened.

    Thanks for a great review!

  4. You did get left with a lot of vital questions that a good mystery will eventually wrap up. Hmmm…. not sure if I’ll read it.

    I’m glad you reviewed it b/c I was extra curious. 🙂

  5. Sorry to hear you didn’t really like this one. I liked it, but it’s been awhile so I can’t remember all the little details. I feel like I sort of guessed the real killer, but overall it was good for me. I’m curious about Paper Ghosts. I wonder if you’d like something else by her.

    -Lauren

Leave a Reply

(Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.