Playing Dead

Julia Heaberlin

The debut thriller from the bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans is reissued with a new cover look

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‘Dear Tommie . . . I’ve spent most of my life searching for you. I believe you are my daughter.’

Just after her father’s death, Tommie receives a letter from a stranger. The woman claims that Tommie is her biological daughter, kidnapped as a baby over thirty years ago.

Then she is approached by a journalist who claims to know about her past. But can she trust him?

Unsure what to believe, Tommie sets out to discover the truth about her identity. As explosive secrets emerge, she realises it’s not just her life that’s in danger . . .

Critic Reviews

It's a great set-up, and the story unfolds with all of the complications and false leads and bursts of danger and brooding atmospherics one expects of a detective thriller.

Critic Reviews

Heaberlin's impressive first novel ... Heaberlin constructs her plot like a seasoned writer, and fills it with memorable cahracters; but her debut's most striking feature is Tommie's narrative voice, which is so winning and vivacious.

The Sunday Times
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I loved it, and had to put everything aside so that I could finish it.

Julia Crouch

Julia Heaberlin is the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans as well as two other psychological thrillers, Lie Still and Playing Dead. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News and The Dallas Morning News. She has edited numerous real-life murder mysteries, including a series on the perplexing and tragic deaths of…

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