Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin

Barnes & Noble

When Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. 

Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game.

It isn’t long before Caroline mysteriously disappears and Emily is facing a rash of anonymous threats. Are they linked to the missing Caroline? Or to Emily’s terrifying encounter in college, years earlier?
As the dark truth about Caroline emerges, Emily realizes that some secrets are impossible to hide—and that whoever came for Caroline is now coming for her.

*** Trigger warning: parts of this book may be upsetting to survivors of sexual assault ***  

Yet another book that I would have kept on my To Read list if it hadn't been for NetGalley.   I really enjoyed this mystery.  I kept declaring AHA!, certain that I figured out the "who" behind the stalking and the disappearance.  I'm happy to admit that I was completely wrong on both counts. 

I love how the book opens with a literal bird's eye view of an area that shows its importance later in the book.  The end comes full circle and closes the book beautifully.

Heaberlin's writing reminds me of Gillian Flynn's and I'm looking forward to reading her previous book, Playing Dead.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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