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Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense (Hardcover)

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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.

Advance praise for Paper Ghosts

"An exceptional read, with a deftly woven plot--a book to devour in one sitting. This is breathless storytelling at its very best, with a deeply satisfying ending that will give book groups--and all your friends, when you recommend it--much to discuss."--Elizabeth Haynes, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner

"A stunner: a creepy, complicated thriller that crawls under your skin from the outset and burrows deeper with every page; the kind of 'there's no way this is going to end well' story in which you know that what the character is doing is a very, very bad idea, but you can't look away. It's a chilling, nuanced, just-one-more-page novel from a master of psychological suspense. Highly recommended "--Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter

"Engrossing, tense, and tightly written, with a luminous sense of place."--Emily Winslow, author of the Keene and Frohmann mysteries

About the Author


Julia Heaberlin is the author of the critically acclaimed Black-Eyed Susans, a USA Today and Times (U.K.) bestseller. Her psychological thrillers, including Playing Dead and Lie Still, have been sold in more than fifteen countries. Heaberlin is also an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News, and The Dallas Morning News. She grew up in Texas and lives with her family near Dallas/Fort Worth, where she is at work on her next novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804178020
ISBN-10: 080417802X
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English