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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
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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."
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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."
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Dark Lie (2012)
Nancy Springer
"A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller."
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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."
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The Drowning Girls (2016)
Paula Treick DeBoard
"Absolutely unforgettable."
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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."
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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."
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The Golden Hour (2017)
T Greenwood
"Richly told and hauntingly beautiful, The Golden Hour was impossible to put down."
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Sugar (2017)
Kimberly Stuart
"An irresistible mixture of humor and heart...fabulously funny, Sugar will leave you satisfied and wanting more."
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Girl Last Seen (2017)
Nina Laurin
"A heart-stopping thriller that had me guessing to the very end."
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Friend Request (2017)
(Friend Request, book 1)
Laura Marshall
"Utterly riveting..."
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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."
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A Matter of Chance (2018)
Julie Maloney
"Julie Maloney’s A Matter of Chance captures the desperate heartache of a mother’s unthinkable loss in haunting, beautiful prose. Maloney’s vividly etched characters immediately drew me into this suspenseful, emotionally stirring novel. A Matter of Chance is not to be missed."
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How Far She's Come (2018)
Holly Brown
"How Far She's Come by Holly Brown is a powerful deep-dive into the zeitgeist that is the 'Me Too' phenomenon [...] the breathtaking conclusion is guaranteed to leave you cheering and weeping for how far we've come and how far we have yet to go."
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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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What Happened That Night (2018)
Sandra Block
"Sandra Block's What Happened That Night is an unflinching exploration of the fine line between justice and revenge. Block expertly compels readers to examine a diverse number of issues through the eyes of Dahlia and James, who are bound together by personal tragedy, heartache and the search for justice. What Happened That Night is a visceral thrill that will keep you reading late into the night. Perfect for book clubs."
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You Were Made for This (2018)
Michelle Sacks
"You Were Made for This deftly explores the darkest corners of domestic life through the eyes of three complicated, damaged souls, inextricably connected by obsession, loyalty, jealousy, and unspeakable secrets. The savage beauty of Michelle Sacks's prose nestled within the most chilling of stories will leave you shaken and bereft. It is a stunning accomplishment."
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Somebody's Daughter (2018)
David Bell
"Somebody's Daughter by David Bell is compulsively readable with surprises that gripped me from start to finish. With nerve-shattering suspense, this well-crafted tale builds to an unexpected, chilling ending."
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River of Secrets (2018)
(Wallace Hartman Mystery, book 2)
Roger Johns
"Exploding with secrets . . . a harrowing crime, fast-paced action, richly drawn characters and a jaw-dropping ending that you won't see coming."
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Before We Were Strangers (2018)
Brenda Novak
"Teeming with riveting, hold-your-breath suspense, Brenda Novak's Before We Were Strangers is a chilling exploration into how far one will go to discover the truth no matter the cost. Novak is at the top of her game with this gripping thriller. Prepare to be up all night!"

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