Thursday, December 3, 2015

Black Eyed Susans-Julia Heaberlin

Black Eyed Susans-Julia Heaberlin

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 354
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 2015
novel

Decades after she was left to die as the sole surviving victim of a serial killer, Tessa is forced to confront her past and consider that she may have sent the wrong man to prison.

I've read a lot of serial killer fiction as well as the true crime biographies of many serial killers (yes, I was an angry morbid adolescent) and so nowadays most of the genre really feels dull to me, the same tropes run out and stretched over and over. Not this one. This is serial killer done right. The usual gimmicks are missing and instead of an unconvincing viewpoint from the killer's head, you get an accessible human protagonist (the only surviving victim of the killer) instead. She misses some truly obvious things but for the most part, I found myself rooting for her. She was realistic you know, and complexly developed with recognizable defense strategies. There are also no real red herrings, no extraneous characters, and no unnecessary information given to you as part of a misguided attempt keep the reader guessing like in many serial killer books (and also, it's not too minimalistic like many others). It does finish itself up quite quickly with a resolution that moves at like twice the speed as the rest of the book and the switching between timelines can be a bit abrupt but overall engrossing nonetheless.

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