Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@juliathrillers @randomhouse]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin

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.

published May 15th by Ballantine Books

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Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she?

I love mysteries where, from the beginning, you cannot really be sure of anything - even if the 'bad guy' is really a bad guy after all. Is it the character we are supposed to sympathize with who is really the truly bad one - even worse than whomever is set up as the 'bad guy'? Thrillers like this can take readers on a confusing, surprising, shocking, emotional but (hopefully) ultimately incredibly rewarding ride.

I really look forward to reading Paper Ghosts and discovering both his secrets and hers . . . and maybe even some of the truth, too.

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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