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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.

Genres: Mystery, Romance
New and upcoming books
   The Weight of Silence (2009)
   These Things Hidden (2011)
   One Breath Away (2012)
   Little Mercies (2014)
   Missing Pieces (2016)
   Not a Sound (2017)
   Before She Was Found (2019)
   This Is How I Lied (2020)
   The Overnight Guest (2022)
   Everyone is Watching (2024)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Little Lies (2014)
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Heather Gudenkauf recommends
Safe and Sound (2024)
Laura McHugh
"Safe and Sound, by Laura McHugh, is a haunting, intricately layered, and lyrical novel about family secrets, unspoken evil, and the search for the truth, no matter the costs. McHugh masterfully evokes the fabric and landscape of small-town life, the need to escape, and the bonds that hold you tight. Beautifully written, unflinchingly told, and relentlessly suspenseful, Safe and Sound belongs at the top of every to-be-read list."
These Still Black Waters (2023)
(Jess Lambert, book 1)
Christina McDonald
"Atmospheric and inventive, Christina McDonald's These Still Black Waters pulled me in on page one and held tight. In this haunting and beautifully written thriller chock full of secrets that won't stay buried, McDonald is a masterful storyteller. A truly nightmarish trip to the lake guaranteed to keep readers enthralled."
Room for Rent (2023)
Noelle W Ihli
"Gripping and unpredictable, Room for Rent by Noelle Ihli had me peering between my fingers as I read. Anyone who has had a problematic roommate will immediately relate to this darkly disturbing, compulsively readable page-turner. An immersive, spine-tingling, deeply visceral experience. I recommend reading it with the lights blazing."

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