Black Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin

My grandfather once told me that God puts pieces in the wrong places to keep us busy solving puzzles, and in the perfect places so that we never forget there is a God.

I really had high hopes for this book. The premise for this book was good but the execution of that premise was not. I had been hoping for a good psychological thriller or there to at least have been suspense, considering this is 'a novel of suspense,' but what I found was a story that seemed to drag on with no thrills until the unsatisfying end. I say the end was unsatisfying because after reading through the slow dragging plot of most of the book, the ending was just not interesting enough to save the book for me.


This book alternates between present day Tessa and Tessie, the sixteen year old girl she was after being attacked. To me it always felt like Tessa/Tessie was hiding something. I never trusted her, much less liked her, at any point in this book. I am not sure if I was supposed to not trust her but I know that I was at least supposed to like her. I really didn't understand or like what was going on between Tessa and Bill (but hey at least something was happening in the plot when they got together). I probably like Effie and Charlie the most out of all the characters. 


I can't say that I'd really recommend this book as I felt that it was too slow moving and there was just nothing explosive enough about this book. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.