Kvinden i graven

Politikens Forlag
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Da den sekstenårige Tessa bliver fundet i en grav på en mark i Texas, har hun kun med nød og næppe overlevet en seriemorder. Hun har meget lidt erindring om, hvordan hun er havnet der, men hendes vidneudsagn sender en mand på dødsgangen. I graven finder man ligresterne fra tre andre piger. Tessa er eneste overlevende – den ’heldige’ af de fire ofre, som pressen hurtigt døber ’de sortøjede blomster, efter de blomster, der bredte sig som et gult tæppe over deres grav. Tyve år senere finder Tessa de samme blomster lige uden for sit soveværelse, og nu er hun ikke i tvivl om, at hun igen trues på livet. Hun tvinges til at huske tilbage og gennembryde den mur af hemmeligheder, hun har bygget op for at beskytte sig selv. Har hun dømt en uskyldig til døden? Er det den rigtige morder, der forsøger at skræmme hende? Og hvem er det, der interesserer sig så meget for hendes teenagedatter? En intens og dybt original psykologisk domestic noir-thriller om en ung kvinde, der kæmper for sig selv og for sit barn, mens hun genoplever de hårrejsende erindringer, der ligger gemt under et blomsterhav på en mark.
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Julia Heaberlin
A gripping thriller about a man who may or may not have dementia—and who may or may not be a serial killer—from a master of twists and turns, in the tradition of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn

An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life—since she was twelve years old—for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her.

Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter. He doesn’t believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn’t believe him.
Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.

Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. With taut, captivating prose, Heaberlin deftly explores the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs. You won’t see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile.

Praise for Black-Eyed Susans

“A masterful thriller . . . brilliantly conceived, beautifully executed . . . [Julia] Heaberlin’s work calls to mind that of Gillian Flynn. Both writers published impressive early novels that were largely overlooked, and then one that couldn’t be: Flynn’s Gone Girl and now Heaberlin’s Black-Eyed Susans. Don’t miss it.”—The Washington Post

“[A] gem of a novel . . . richly textured, beautifully written . . . The plot twists feel earned as well as genuinely surprising.”—The Boston Globe

“A tense, slow-burning, beautifully written novel of survival and hope.”—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

“Deliciously twisty and eerie, Heaberlin’s third psychological suspense novel is intricately layered and instantly compelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A breakout book.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders

“A terrific plot, matched by the quality of the writing and superbly paced tension.”—The Times (U.K.)
Julia Heaberlin
TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • For fans of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes an electrifying novel of stunning psychological suspense.

This ebook edition contains a special preview of Julia Heaberlin’s Paper Ghosts.

I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one.

As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.

What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a  fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.

Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.

Praise for Black-Eyed Susans

“A masterful thriller that shouldn’t be missed . . . brilliantly conceived, beautifully executed . . . [Julia] Heaberlin’s work calls to mind that of Gillian Flynn. Both writers published impressive early novels that were largely overlooked, and then one that couldn’t be: Flynn’s Gone Girl and now Heaberlin’s Black-Eyed Susans. Don’t miss it.”—The Washington Post

“[A] gem of a novel . . . richly textured, beautifully written . . . Tension builds, and the plot twists feel earned as well as genuinely surprising.”—The Boston Globe

“A tense, slow-burning, beautifully written novel of survival and hope. Highly recommended.”—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

“My book of the year so far . . . breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders

“Deliciously twisty and eerie, Heaberlin’s third psychological suspense novel is intricately layered and instantly compelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Brilliant . . . a breakout book.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Julia Heaberlin
Bestseller de The Sunday Times.

Para salvarse del asesino que la dejó prácticamente muerta en un campo de flores silvestres veinte años atrás, Tessa tendrá que enfrentar su pasado y recuperar los dolorosos recuerdos que ahora claman por salir a la luz...

Impactante, intenso y original Las flores que vieron las sombras es un deslumbrante thriller psicológico que encantará a los fanáticos de Gone Girl, de Gillian Flynn.

"No podemos recordar la última vez que un thriller se metió bajo nuestra piel como lo ha hecho Black Eyed Susans. Sus personajes deslumbrantes, emoción auténtica y argumento impredecible la convierten en una opción fantástica para leer de principio a fin" -iBooks Review-

A los dieciséis años, Tessa Cartwright es hallada en un campo de Texas, prácticamente muerta, junto a los cuerpos de otras chicas. Es la única sobreviviente de las "Susanas de ojos negros", como la prensa llama a las víctimas de un psicópata, debido a que las entierra bajo las flores silvestres del mismo nombre, que crecen durante el verano. Debido a la tragedia y a las horas traumáticas que pasó bajo tierra, Tessa no puede recordar nada.

Casi veinte años después, todo parece marchar en calma. Ella es madre soltera de una adolescente y el hombre condenado a pena de muerte por el asesinato está a punto de ser ejecutado. Hasta que una fría mañana de invierno Tessa descubre que alguien ha sembrado esas pequeñas flores amarillas en su jardín, lo que significa que están a punto de matar a un inocente y, lo que es peor, el verdadero asesino está libre, sabe dónde vive y ha reaparecido para amenazarla... Tessa no podrá salvarse sin enfrentar su pasado para recuperar los dolorosos recuerdos que quedaron sepultados y que ahora claman por salir a la luz.

La crítica ha opinado:

"Deliciosamente sorpresivo e inquietante, este thriller psicológico de Heaberlin tiene varias capas ocultas y te atrapa al instante" -Library Journal-

"Un personaje enganchador, bien pensado y delineado a la perfección para los lectores que quieren adentrarse en un impactante thriller psicológico" -Booklist-

"Un thriller de gran maestría, que tiene todo lo que podríamos esperar de él... Brillantemente concebido y bellamente ejecutado. La obra de Heaberlin hace pensar en la de Gillian Flynn. Ambas publicaron impresionantes primeras novelas que fueron pasadas por alto, hasta que fue imposible seguirlo haciendo: tanto Gone Girl, como ahora Las flores que vieron las sombras, de Heaberlin, son obras que no te puedes perder" -The Washington Post-

"Una narración muy convincente sobre la fragilidad de la memoria y la salvación elusiva" -Kirkus Reviews-

"Cautivadora... El suspenso se construye en torno a cómo Tessie descubre devastadores secretos del pasado, rumbo a un final electrizante" -Publishers Weekly-

"Mi libro del año, por mucho... Te deja sin respiración, acelera tu ritmo cardiaco, simplemente brillante" -The New York Times-

Julia Heaberlin
In the tradition of Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies and Nancy Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning comes a twisting, riveting novel of shifting trust and shattered lives. Lie Still delves deep into the heart of an opulent Southern town, where gossip is currency and secrets kill.
When Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game.
It isn’t long before Caroline mysteriously disappears and Emily is facing a rash of anonymous threats. Are they linked to the missing Caroline? Or to Emily’s terrifying encounter in college, years earlier? As the dark truth about Caroline emerges, Emily realizes that some secrets are impossible to hide—and that whoever came for Caroline is now coming for her.

Praise for Lie Still
“In this engrossing novel of suspense . . . [Heaberlin] expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heaberlin’s depiction of one tight-knit Texas community is both culturally savvy and politically astute. . . . A carefully wrapped package of Texas soap opera, social and political exposé, and well-paced thriller.”—Booklist
“Heaberlin combines a culturally pertinent suspense story (the plot revolves around the main character’s struggles with the repercussions of an unreported date rape) with satirical observations about Texas’ moneyed suburban elite.”—The New York Times
“Lie Still mixes serious discussion about ‘the last frontier in crime’ with a twisty-turny mystery plot and a cast of eccentric characters.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Reading a book by Julia Heaberlin is like hearing your best friend tell you a particularly thorny story, filled with secrets and intrigue and human hopes and failures. Lie Still is a book you want to curl up with for a good long while but, more important, Julia Heaberlin is an author you want to get to know.”—Jenny Milchman
“Julia Heaberlin weaves an intricate tapestry of secrets and suspense, lies and betrayals that kept me reading late into the night. Lie Still is a thriller par excellence and a page-turner, true—but it’s also a moving story of one woman’s unlikely path toward healing, and another’s lifelong search for redemption. I challenge you to visit Claremont, Texas—where nothing is quite as it seems and no one is quite who they claim—and leave unchanged.”—Emily Colin
“Julia Heaberlin deceives the reader in the most deliciously chilling way in Lie Still: With gorgeous prose and sterling character work, she takes us on a deeply felt and wonderfully composed thrill ride. Layer after layer of secrets, longing, and deception is peeled away and we begin to dread the twisted kernel at the heart, never guessing what Heaberlin has in store for us.”—Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of Garden of Stones
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