When I first saw the cover of Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, I was mesmerized by it. The fragility and almost translucence of the woman’s body, clearly naked and immersed in a patch of wild flowers, was both disturbing and at the same time beautiful. In the image, the woman covers her eyes with her arm, indicating either despair or that she’s blind to her circumstances.
I was looking for a creepy thriller read for Halloween, and Black-Eyed Susans’ plot of a victim trying to unmask her attacker seemed the perfect choice. There definitely were some disturbing aspects to the novel, including some visually raw language about crime scenes and victims’ bodies and obviously the terrifying character of a killer potentially hidden in plain sight.
I don’t scare easily, though, so I would say if you’re the same you won’t find Black-Eyed Susans to be the kind of book that’s hard to read before bed. It was creepy and titillating, but aside from a few moments in the novel, not turn-on-all-the-lights scary. A little late for Halloween, but here is my review!