Dear Tommie: Have you ever wondered about who you are? The perfume-scented letter that turns Tommie McCloud's world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father's death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter--and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago. Tommie wants to believe it's all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself inextricably linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana. Tommie races along a twisting, nightmarish path while an unseen stalker is determined to keep old secrets locked inside the dementia-battered brain of the woman who Tommie always thought was her real mother. With everything she has ever believed in question, and no one she can trust, Tommie must discover the truth about the girl who vanished--and the very real threats that still remain.
Playing Dead / Julia Haeberlin
“Playing Dead has just earned a ticket to the top of my favorite debuts of 2012 list. While the plot concept is not a new one (how many really are?) the puzzling structure, compelling characters, rich atmosphere and dazzling imagery all add up to a stimulating page-turner of a thriller.” ~Jen’s Book Thoughts (Jen Forbus)
“Playing Dead is a truly monumental debut. Heaberlin sends her readers on a roller-coaster ride of deception and deceit, ending in a truly mind-blowing conclusion. Her novel is one that will force itself into your life, not relenting until you’ve finished it. A truly addictive thriller, one I recommend wholeheartedly.” ~Jenn’s Bookshelves (Jenn Lawrence)