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Praise for Julia Heaberlin's "Playing Dead"

"An accomplished thriller . . . sure-footed, suspenseful, and full of heart."--Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of "Ransom River"

"Absolutely gripping . . . a compelling novel of a life turned inside out in a world where no one is what they seem."--Vicki Lane, author of "The Day of Small Things"

"Feverishly compelling . . . Heaberlin tells the story with whip-smart dialogue, an insistent pace and keen wit; it's irresistible enough that I sped through all 300-plus pages in one sitting."--"The""Dallas Morning News"

Advance praise for "Lie Still"
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"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"

"Packed with larger-than-life characters, twisty and dangerous secrets, and a captivating heroine you can't help but root for as the stakes skyrocket and her own terrifying past roars back to claim her."--Carla Buckley, author of "The Things That Keep Us Here "

"Mix a pregnant New Yorker with a big secret, an aging Southern belle who collects secrets like recipes, an ex-pageant queen, several plastic surgery victims, and a maid with an eye for revenge. Set in an upscale Texas community, and leaven with just the right amount of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the result: a page-turning Texas gothic."--Lisa Brackmann, author of "Getaway"

"In this engrossing novel of suspense . . . [Heaberlin] expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing."--"Publishers Weekly"
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"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"
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"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"
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""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"
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"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"
"Packed with larger-than-life characters, twisty and dangerous secrets, and a captivating heroine you can't help but root for as the stakes skyrocket and her own terrifying past roars back to claim her."--Carla Buckley, author of "The Things That Keep Us Here "
"Mix a pregnant New Yorker with a big secret, an aging Southern belle who collects secrets like recipes, an ex-pageant queen, several plastic surgery victims, and a maid with an eye for revenge. Set in an upscale Texas community, and leaven with just the right amount of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the result: a page-turning Texas gothic."--Lisa Brackmann, author of "Getaway"

In this engrossing novel of suspense . . . [Heaberlin] expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing. "Publishers Weekly"
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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"
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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"
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"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"
Packed with larger-than-life characters, twisty and dangerous secrets, and a captivating heroine you can t help but root for as the stakes skyrocket and her own terrifying past roars back to claim her. Carla Buckley, author of "The Things That Keep Us Here "
Mix a pregnant New Yorker with a big secret, an aging Southern belle who collects secrets like recipes, an ex pageant queen, several plastic surgery victims, and a maid with an eye for revenge. Set in an upscale Texas community, and leaven with just the right amount of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the result: a page-turning Texas gothic. Lisa Brackmann, author of "Getaway""

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Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CR6MNFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
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"I felt like I was living on the last place on earth, trapped in an Edvard Munch painting with the cast of Real Housewives."

This really is a WOW read, one which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is quite deceptive at first, when Emily and husband Mike move to Texas so that he can take up his new job as Chief of Police; Emily is invited to attend a lunch at the home of Caroline Warwick, where she is introduced to the local ladies. We are introduced to a whole host of characters, Texan ladies who like to lunch and have botox injections on the way to pick up the kids from school, try every diet going and have guns in the boots of their cars, all with larger than life personalities.

The story though does turn very dark as it becomes clear that one of the ladies is collecting the darkest secrets of all the others - but for what purpose? And when the leader of the ladies - Caroline - goes missing - everyone wants to know what happened to her.

I loved the character of Emily, who was very human and believable and who has her own dark secrets which she has never revealed to anyone, not even to Mike. I loved the way her thoughts were right there on the page so we felt every emotion she went through, even the funny little one liners. Mike himself is a very complex character. A man of the law, dedicated to his job - he sometimes comes across as a little distant but that is only due to the pressures of his work. In reality he loves his wife 110% and would do ANYTHING for her.

What transpires makes for a very gripping read, full of tension and danger. It is a story where you feel that nobody Emily comes into contact with can be trusted. The story twists and turns right until the very end, which does come as a complete surprise.
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First of all thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy of this novel via netgalley.

Emily is desperately trying to leave a violent past behind her and escape a stalker who has haunted her for years. Pregnant with her first child she and her Husband move to Clairmont, Texas. Hoping for a new start Emily finds herself thrust into the heart of a group of Texas women, all of whom have secrets - run by their "Queen" Caroline Warwick, who may also be hiding secrets of her own. When Caroline disappears Emily finds herself having to unravel the threads of her past, as well as her present in order to save herself.

I loved the way this novel was written. It was kind of messy like Emily herself but in a very good way....as she unravels things YOU unravel things and the story has many twists and turns along the way. Cleverly released information in small doses makes you turn the pages all the faster to find out who is hiding what and why - and the characters are not always what they appear to be. Emily herself reveals her own secrets along the way - she hides from herself as much as from anyone and this makes her a very well drawn character. The Texas women are all intriguing - hey and annoying in equal measure - their "voices" will speak to you, I could almost hear them as I read. And the final resolution will not disappoint...

This novel also tackles some serious subjects head on and in a realistic and I think quite important way..the second book I have come across recently that does so. This gives it an edge over a standard mystery thriller and for that reason as well as the fact that its a great story I would highly recommend it.
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This is a story that keeps right on till the end of the book. Many twists and turns and red herrings. The characters are well drawn and the main ones sympathetic, although some of the minor characters among the Texan ladies are a teensy bit unbelievable. It kept me turning the pages, which for an easy holiday time read is good enough for me.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2016
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I came to this on the back of Heaberlin's Black-Eyed Susans and am so glad I did as it's even better. Emily is one of those tricksy narrators - it's not that she's unreliable in a simple way but that she avoids facing up to things in her own head at times and so the book is as much a journey of unravelling and discovery for her as it is for us.

Heaberlin has created great 'voices' for her characters so that we understand their personalities as much through how they say things as what they say. And it's a book which recreates the chaos of real life: gossipy Texas housewives with their botox and social climbing are mixed in with sexual violence and some outrageous humour. Anyone who can invent a character like Letty gets my vote!

At the heart of the story is Emily and her wonderful (wonderful!) husband Mike, newly moved from New York to Texas when he takes on the job as Chief of Police. They were a couple I really cared about and so the stakes were raised for me throughout.

So this worked for me for so many reasons: sharp, witty and astute writing, vivid characterisation, a well-paced plot that is complex without going off the believability rails, and a narrator I could relate to. If it's helpful, the book this reminds me of is Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects - not in terms of plot details but in mood, atmosphere, that mix of wit and conviction in the writing and wayward but compelling characters. Brilliant.
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