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  • Published: 19 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405926836
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

Paper Ghosts

The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans

The follow-up to Sunday Times number 2 bestseller and Radio 2 book club pick Black-Eyed Susans

Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer.

That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted.

Before his admission to a care home for dementia.

Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she's not his daughter and, if she has her way, he's not coming back . . .

Because Carl's past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he's killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they're following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he's guilty of nothing and she's the liar.

Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she's taking a terrible risk.

For if Carl really is a serial killer, she's alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .

  • Published: 19 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405926836
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Julia Heaberlin

Julia Heaberlin grew up in Decatur, Texas, a small town that sits under a big sky. It provided a dreamy girl with a great library, a character behind every door, and as many secrets as she'd find anyplace else. An award-winning journalist, she has worked as an editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News and the Detroit News. Black-Eyed Susans is her third psychological thriller set in Texas. She lives near Dallas/Fort Worth with her husband and has a son who attends the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently at work on her next novel of suspense.

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Praise for Paper Ghosts

A clever tale about finding closure

The Sun

Beautifully written and wonderfully chilling

Sarah Pinborough

Readers cannot tell fact from fiction. The timing is perfect, the layers of the story both peel away and deepen as the search into the mind of a killer takes turns no one is expecting

RT Book Reviews

The tension crackles . . . it had me changing my mind so often, my head was spinning. A work of art.

Sunday Express

A dialogue propelled two-hander, a murder mystery, a road novel, a pair of psychological case studies. It would make a fine indie movie, although screen adaption would entail sacrificing Heaberlin's evocative prose


Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place


This book haunted me . . . The writing is beautiful and chilling, laced with a subtle dark humour, and the multiple twists build to a perfect icy shiver of an ending. I loved it!

C J TUDOR, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

Utterly compelling . . . the writing is mesmeric

ALI LAND, Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me

A tale of murderous obsession . . . Heaberlin, author of the impressive Black-Eyed Susans, plays her cards close to her chest, careful to give away little about the motivations of either of her characters, as her heroine edges closer to the truth'


Heaberlin knows exactly how to create a feeling of suspense. The kind of fear that that creeps up on you from behind. It is a compelling and sinister, character-driven read.

Cheryl M-M's Book Blog

Heaberlin's works beautifully evoke the texture and landscape of the state of Texas . . . Their road trip across Texas results in profound revelations, strange occurrences, and a surprisingly heartwarming ending

Molly Odintz, Crimereads

Gripping . . . dementia suits crime fiction. Is the suspect lying or has a medical reason for his amnesia?

The Times

A beautifully written, gripping and extraordinary book

Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of The Narrow Bed

Every journey reaches its end, and the one in Paper Ghosts comes on fast and furious. Signposts along the way warn of angst, secrets and deadly plot twists, but you'll never see what's coming . . .

Washington Post

Wonderful . . . creepy . . . it elevates the often tawdry genre of the serial killer novel to a work of art

Sunday Express

Heaberlin's latest thriller is at once a zany, dialogue-propelled two-hander, a murder mystery, a road trip, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography

The Sunday Times

A rich hybrid work that's at once a zany dialogue-propelled town-hander, a murder mystery, a road trip, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography

Sunday Times Paperbacks Round Up

Finding something new to say about serial killers is almost impossible these days, but Heaberlin's approach is completely original and all shades of menacing

Crime Fiction Lover, 5 Women to Watch in 2019

My crime novel of 2018. It's a stunning page turner of a book which kept me gripped throughout. It's a book that has stayed with me beyond the last chapter and I'm recommending it to everyone

Jo Jakeman, author of Sticks and Stones

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