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Heather Gudenkauf

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Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment Heather tended to use books as a retreat. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.

Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and is currently a Literacy Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers.

Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her third novel.
Heather Gudenkauf recommends
Outside the Ordinary World (2010)
Dori Ostermiller
"Beautifully written and quietly spellbinding. Ostermiller's compelling debut novel is a story of love, regret, and forgiveness that will linger with readers well after the final page is turned."
Beneath the Shadows (2012)
Sara Foster
"A haunting tale of loss and one woman's search for the truth no matter the consequences. This vividly written novel will leave you breathless and as chilled as the starkly beautiful North Yorkshire moors where this compelling story unfolds."
Dark Lie (2012)
Nancy Springer
"A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller."
The Ones We Trust (2015)
Kimberly Belle
"The Last Breath will leave you breathless. This edgy and emotional thriller will keep you guessing until the very end."
The Drowning Girls (2016)
Paula Treick DeBoard
"Absolutely unforgettable."
The Vanishing Year (2016)
Kate Moretti
"The Vanishing Year is a chilling, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense. Kate Moretti pieces together a stunning, up-all-night thriller with a throat-gripping twist that will leave the reader reeling."
Ashes (2017)
Steven Manchester
"Steven Manchester has the enviable ability to capture the intricacies of the human heart through words. Ashes is a moving novel of two brothers and their journey back to one another. A must read."
The Golden Hour (2017)
T Greenwood
"Richly told and hauntingly beautiful, The Golden Hour was impossible to put down."
Sugar (2017)
Kimberly Stuart
"An irresistible mixture of humor and heart...fabulously funny, Sugar will leave you satisfied and wanting more."
Girl Last Seen (2017)
Nina Laurin
"A heart-stopping thriller that had me guessing to the very end."
Friend Request (2017)
(Friend Request, book 1)
Laura Marshall
"Utterly riveting..."
The English Wife (2018)
Lauren Willig
"The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all--an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for."
It Ends With Her (2018)
Brianna Labuskes
"Once in a while a character comes along that gets under your skin and refuses to let go. This is the case with Brianna Labuskes’s Clarke Sinclair—a cantankerous, rebellious, and somehow endearingly likable FBI agent with a troubled past. I was immediately pulled into Clarke’s broken, shadow-filled world and her quest for justice and redemption. A stunning thriller, It Ends With Her is not to be missed."

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