Sunday, August 23, 2015
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
First and foremost, thank you to the publisher and thank you to NetGalley. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Whew! Where do I start with this? I have mixed feelings about it. First a quick synopsis: When Tessa was a teenager, she was abducted and left for dead in a grave near black eyed susan flowers, along with a few other victims. The sole survivor, she endures a trial and sends her would be killer to jail.
However, in Tessa's adult life, someone is planting black eyed susan flowers in locations where Tessa will find them. Why? Is the real killer out there still?
So, that's it in a nutshell. The book flips back and forth between teenage Tessa, then called Tessie, and present day Tessa along with her daughter Charlie. The mystery needs to be solved because the man who went to jail for allegedly committing the horrific crimes is set to be executed.
My two cents: I felt like I was thrown into the middle of a book where I was supposed to know the characters already. I felt like I was supposed to have invested in these people when I didn't know them yet.
Then, nothing worse than the main character irking you....Things start coming out where Tessa might not be totally forthcoming. I can't give too much away without spoiling it, but that got on my nerves. And, to be totally honest, Tessa's best friend back when she was young, was also annoying.
And as far as the ending, YES, I was surprised and there's nothing more I like than a good twist, so that part was good.
Some people complain that they don't like the way books, such as this one, flip back and forth between two time frames. That does NOT bother me, but to each his/her own.
I think this book will do very well, but for me, it was just okay. Let me know what YOU think!