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.
Praise for "Lie Still"
In this engrossing novel of suspense . . . Heaberlin] expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing. "Publishers Weekly"
Heaberlin s depiction of one tight-knit Texas community is both culturally savvy and politically astute. . . . A carefully wrapped package of Texas soap opera, social and political expose, and well-paced thriller. "Booklist"
Heaberlin combines a culturally pertinent suspense story (the plot revolves around the main character s struggles with the repercussions of an unreported date rape) with satirical observations about Texas moneyed suburban elite. "The New York Times"
"Lie Still" mixes serious discussion about the last frontier in crime with a twisty-turny mystery plot and a cast of eccentric characters. "Fort Worth Star-Telegram"
Reading a book by Julia Heaberlin is like hearing your best friend tell you a particularly thorny story, filled with secrets and intrigue and human hopes and failures. "Lie Still" is a book you want to curl up with for a good long while but, more important, Julia Heaberlin is an author you want to get to know. Jenny Milchman
Julia Heaberlin weaves an intricate tapestry of secrets and suspense, lies and betrayals that kept me reading late into the night. "Lie Still" is a thriller par excellence and a page-turner, true but it s also a moving story of one woman s unlikely path toward healing, and another s lifelong search for redemption. I challenge you to visit Claremont, Texas where nothing is quite as it seems and no one is quite who they claim and leave unchanged. Emily Colin
Julia Heaberlin deceives the reader in the most deliciously chilling way in "Lie Still" With gorgeous prose and sterling character work, she takes us on a deeply felt and wonderfully composed thrill ride. Layer after layer of secrets, longing, and deception is peeled away and we begin to dread the twisted kernel at the heart, never guessing what Heaberlin has in store for us. Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of"Garden of Stones""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-06
- Reviewer: Staff
In this engrossing novel of suspense, Emily Page, pregnant with her first child, and her husband, Mike, leave New York City for Clairmont, Tex., a wealthy community where Mike has secured a job as the new police chief. After receiving newspaper clippings detailing the murder of the man who raped her in college, Emily is convinced that someone from her past is stalking her. And when it becomes clear that the person stalking her has broken into her new house, Mike sees to it that Emily is protected by a home security system and bodyguard. While dealing with her personal demons, Emily learns that one of the town’s socialites, Caroline Warwick, is missing, and Emily was one of the last people to see her alive. Heaberlin (Playing Dead), a former journalist, expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing. Agent: Pam Ahearn, the Ahearn Agency. (July)