Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Black-Eyed Susans/Julia Heaberlin/354 pgs.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Cartwright was barely alive when she was found in a Texas field, among some human bones. Terrell Goodwin was brought to trial for the crime, convicted, and placed on death row. It's now 17 years later, and advocates for Terrell's innocence are trying to get a stay of execution for him. In the years between his conviction and the present day, Tessa has had her doubts about Terrell's guilt; she just doesn't remember enough, she feels, to help him. This changes when a patch of black-eyed Susans appear in her yard--when they are out of season. The story is told mainly in Tessie/Tessa's voice, switching back and forth between the past and the present. There is suspense, red herrings, and an ending one doesn't see coming. Fans of Gillian Flynn would like this. Highly recommended!