Paper Ghosts

Paper Ghosts : The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans

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The unputdownable thriller from the bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans.

'Gripping' The Times
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Long ago, Carl Feldman was acquitted of murder.

Now he's an old man, living alone with his fading memories.

His daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she's not his daughter, and if she has her way, he's not coming back . . .

This woman is sure Carl's a murderer, and that he's killed others - including her sister Rachel.

And she will stop at nothing to find out the truth.
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'Wonderful . . . creepy . . . a work of art' Sunday Express

'A beautifully written and extraordinary book' Sophie Hannah

'Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place . . . well worth the read' Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 277g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405921307
  • 9781405921305
  • 367,900

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Heaberlin's latest thriller is at once a zany, dialogue-propelled two-hander, a murder mystery, a road trip, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography The Sunday Times
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Terrific. Impeccable plotting * Barry Forshaw * A truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption * Kirkus Reviews * Black-Eyed Susans is a masterful thriller that shouldn't be missed . . . and in terms of suspense, characterizations and storytelling... is outstanding. 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 * Washington Post * Sophisticated, disturbing and with plenty of red herrings * Woman and Home * Creepy and compelling, Black-Eyed Susans is a shadowy and crooked journey to a very dark place indeed, a twisty fairytale that deceives you just when you think you've cracked it and a thriller to make you remember why you love thrillers. Don't miss it * Observer, Thriller of the Month * Black Eyed Susans is a compelling read, especially for Serial fans * Cosmopolitan * One of the classiest thrillers you'll read this year -- Charlotte Heathcote * The Express * It's a terrific plot, matched by the quality of the writing and superbly paced tension * The Times BOOK OF THE MONTH * Praise for Black-Eyed Susans * - * Utterly compelling . . . the writing is mesmeric -- Ali Land * Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me * This book haunted me. Such a gripping exploration of obsession and loss: of those we love, but also our memories and sense of self. The writing is beautiful and chilling, laced with a subtle dark humour, and the multiple twists build to a perfect icy shiver of an ending. I loved it! * C J Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man * The timing is perfect, the layers of the story both peel away and deepen as the search into the mind of a killer takes turns no one is expecting * RT Book Reviews * My crime novel of 2018. It's a stunning page turner of a book which kept me gripped throughout. It's a book that has stayed with me beyond the last chapter and I'm recommending it to everyone * Jo Jakeman, author of Sticks and Stones * Finding something new to say about serial killers is almost impossible these days, but Heaberlin's approach is completely original and all shades of menacing * Crime Fiction Lover, 5 Women to Watch in 2019 * A rich hybrid work that's at once a zany dialogue-propelled town-hander, a murder mystery, a road trip, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography * Sunday Times Paperbacks Round Up * A beautifully written, gripping and extraordinary book -- Sophie Hannah * bestselling author of The Narrow Bed * A clever tale about finding closure * The Sun * Heaberlin knows exactly how to create a feeling of suspense. The kind of fear that that creeps up on you from behind. It is a compelling and sinister, character-driven read. -- Cheryl M-M's Book Blog Utterly compelling . . . the writing is mesmeric -- ALI LAND * Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me * This book haunted me . . . The writing is beautiful and chilling, laced with a subtle dark humour, and the multiple twists build to a perfect icy shiver of an ending. I loved it! -- C J TUDOR * Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man * Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place * Guardian * A dialogue propelled two-hander, a murder mystery, a road novel, a pair of psychological case studies. It would make a fine indie movie, although screen adaption would entail sacrificing Heaberlin's evocative prose -- THRILLER OF THE MONTH * The Sunday Times * The tension crackles . . . it had me changing my mind so often, my head was spinning. A work of art. * Sunday Express * Readers cannot tell fact from fiction. The timing is perfect, the layers of the story both peel away and deepen as the search into the mind of a killer takes turns no one is expecting * RT Book Reviews * Beautifully written and wonderfully chilling -- Sarah Pinborough Gripping . . . dementia suits crime fiction. Is the suspect lying or has a medical reason for his amnesia? * The Times * Heaberlin's works beautifully evoke the texture and landscape of the state of Texas . . . Their road trip across Texas results in profound revelations, strange occurrences, and a surprisingly heartwarming ending -- Molly Odintz * Crimereads * Wonderful . . . creepy . . . it elevates the often tawdry genre of the serial killer novel to a work of art * Sunday Express * A tale of murderous obsession . . . Heaberlin, author of the impressive Black-Eyed Susans, plays her cards close to her chest, careful to give away little about the motivations of either of her characters, as her heroine edges closer to the truth' -- A THRILLER OF THE MONTH * The Guardian * Every journey reaches its end, and the one in Paper Ghosts comes on fast and furious. Signposts along the way warn of angst, secrets and deadly plot twists, but you'll never see what's coming . . . * Washington Post * Heaberlin's latest thriller is at once a zany, dialogue-propelled two-hander, a murder mystery, a road trip, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography * The Sunday Times *
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About Julia Heaberlin

Julia Heaberlin is an award-winning journalist. She has also edited numerous real-life thriller stories, including a series on the perplexing and tragic murders of girls buried in the Mexican desert and another on domestic violence. She lives with her husband and son in Texas.

Her previous novel, Black-Eyed Susans, was a Sunday Times number two bestseller and a Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club selection as well as Waterstones Thriller of the Month.
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3,659 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (1,414)
3 29% (1,065)
2 9% (334)
1 3% (108)
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