By Julia Heaberlin
In the culture of Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies and Nancy Pickard’s The smell of Rain and Lightning comes a twisting, riveting novel of moving belief and shattered lives. Lie Still delves deep into the guts of a luxurious Southern city, the place gossip is forex and secrets and techniques kill.
whilst Emily web page and her husband flow from big apple to the rich enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she will ultimately break out her haunted past—and outrun the anonymous stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant along with her first baby, Emily simply desires to begin over. yet as she is drawn right into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving corporation in their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily unearths that reputation is a truly risky game.
It isn’t lengthy prior to Caroline mysteriously disappears and Emily is dealing with a rash of nameless threats. Are they associated with the lacking Caroline? Or to Emily’s terrifying stumble upon in collage, years past? because the darkish fact approximately Caroline emerges, Emily realizes that a few secrets and techniques are very unlikely to hide—and that whoever got here for Caroline is now coming for her.
Praise for Lie Still
“In this engrossing novel of suspense . . . [Heaberlin] expertly spins out a story of lies and deceit that might preserve the reader guessing.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heaberlin’s depiction of 1 tight-knit Texas neighborhood is either culturally savvy and politically astute. . . . a gently wrapped package deal of Texas cleaning soap opera, social and political exposé, and well-paced thriller.”—Booklist
“Heaberlin combines a culturally pertinent suspense tale (the plot revolves round the major character’s struggles with the repercussions of an unreported date rape) with satirical observations approximately Texas’ moneyed suburban elite.”—The big apple Times
“Lie Still mixes critical dialogue approximately ‘the final frontier in crime’ with a twisty-turny secret plot and a forged of eccentric characters.”—Fort worthy Star-Telegram
“Reading a publication through Julia Heaberlin is like listening to your ally inform you a very thorny tale, choked with secrets and techniques and intrigue and human hopes and screw ups. Lie Still is a ebook you must curl up with for a superb lengthy whereas yet, extra vital, Julia Heaberlin is an writer you must get to know.”—Jenny Milchman
“Julia Heaberlin weaves an problematic tapestry of secrets and techniques and suspense, lies and betrayals that stored me interpreting past due into the evening. Lie Still is a mystery par excellence and a page-turner, true—but it’s additionally a relocating tale of 1 woman’s not likely course towards therapeutic, and another’s lifelong look for redemption. I problem you to go to Claremont, Texas—where not anything is kind of because it turns out and not anyone is kind of who they claim—and depart unchanged.”—Emily Colin
“Julia Heaberlin deceives the reader within the so much deliciously chilling manner in Lie Still: With beautiful prose and sterling personality paintings, she takes us on a deeply felt and fantastically composed thrill trip. Layer after layer of secrets and techniques, longing, and deception is peeled away and we start to dread the twisted kernel on the middle, by no means guessing what Heaberlin has in shop for us.”—Sophie Littlefield, bestselling writer of Garden of Stones
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