Some 15 years ago the bodies of four young girls were found in a field, covered in Black-Eyed Susans. One of them, Tessa, turns out to be still alive, The murderer has been found and convicted, he will be sentenced to death in a few months. A small group of people is trying to prove that he is innocent and to prevent him from being executed. Tessa is one of them. She is convinced he is not the man who abducted her and failed to kill her: somebody plants Susans underneath her bedroom window, it must be the killer, mustn’t it? This could have been an episode of Midsummer Murders (which I love by the way) if it were not for the fact that Heaberlin has constructed her novel and its characters too cleverly for it to be a mere Midsummer episode. We jump in time from adult Tessa doubting what she has always believed and known, young Tessa recovering from her severe trauma, there is a nice twist at 2/3rd of the novel and Tessa’s personality proves to be to be more complicated than one would have expected at first. Black-Eyed Susans is one of those novels that can be rightly called ‘ literary thriller’. Is is clever, well-constructed and its main character could just as easily have been part of a psychological novel. Definitely one to read if you’re into thrillers that force you to stay focussed.