Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a 'Black-Eyed Susan' by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars - or so she thought.
Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa's bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison. Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter's safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it's too late?
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Amongst the top handful
The story was constructed beautifully, the suspense lasted, the twists were beautiful, and so well read.
Here grandparent's house.
I am not completely convinced of the ending, it felt rushed that then I also hate it when a good book ends - so maybe its me not the book!
"They said like 'Girl on a Train'. Nothing like it"
The storey stood on its own feet, was a bit long winded before reaching its climatic end. The characters were plausible, and I grew affection for most of them. The back drop is quite disturbing but that is hardly touched on as you spend your time living in the tormented mind of Tessie/Tessa. Overall, 7/10
I haven't but I will keep an ear out for her
Tessie as a teenager and Tessa as the tormented adult
Not particularly, I consider being moved by something emotional in a beautiful way. As I've said the back drop to this storey is quite disturbing.
Don't let anyone tell you its like Girl on a Train (a fabulous book). This book deserves to be considered on its own merit, but it didn't blow my mind like some of my recent books.
I picked this title up from an Audible recommendation. Not my usual sort of listen but entertaining nonetheless.
The characters are well portrayed and the "truth" doesn't become clear until the very end.
I found this story a bit disjointed in places but overall an entertaining piece.
"Gripping story, entertaining listen"
This is in my top 25% of Audible books. The story held my interest. The perspective changes character and jumps backwards and forwards in time just a little too often for me and I found that a distraction from the plot.
There are a number of narrators. A couple of them grated and I had to work to focus on the story rather than the somewhat OTT accents and inflections. The odd use of words (most notably 'digger' for spade) had me on an odd trajectory a few times, but perhaps that's my fault for being English. Do they really call windows 'winders' in the US?
Loved this! everything about it was brilliant. great narrative, excellent story line, couldn't stop listening to it. going to listen to it again!!
"Original -not your typical who done it"
very enjoyable. Good story well read.
The story is told by going back and forth between past and present and we hear from different characters too. This adds interest and ensures everything feel dynamic.
I liked all of the narrators.
Good story with some mystery but without being a typical 'who done it', much more original
Nice strong characters.
I heard this book being reviewed on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio Two and also looked at reviews on Audible. Somebody compared the book to the brilliance and suspense of Silence of the Lambs and there were other great things said. Well, I just don't get it, I thought it was terribly boring and barely managed to finish it. The characters aren't particularly likable or interesting and nothing grabbed me. I didn't find it had suspense at all because I didn't care who the murderer was or what happened, apart from what happened to Terrell perhaps. Very disappointed.
"Wish I had the film rights !"
Superb - more twists and turns than a roller coaster - Harper Lee meets Truman Capote !Great writing , by turns gothic , romantic and horrific !
"A real Thriller"
An excellently crafted storyline. The narration suits it perfectly and the result is utterly compelling.
"Long winded and uninspiring"
Unfortunately this book left me a little underwhelmed. It was too long, and the jumping back and forward every alternate chapter was annoying and confusing. I persevered, despite almost throwing the towel in on numerous occasions, thinking that the ending would be worth it.... It wasn't. It was entirely predictable and painfully drawn out. Definitely not my favourite Audible listen. I wouldn't recommend.
"Great story just a little confusing"
Loved the story and brilliant writing.
Had a little issue with jumping back and forth to different times.
But a brilliant read and a must for any adult reader.
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