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Paper Ghosts

(2018)
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A Texas map marked with three red dots like drops of blood. A serial killer who claims to have dementia. A mysterious young woman who wants answers. What could go wrong?

"Fast and furious... You'll never see what's coming." (The Washington Post)

Years ago, her sister Rachel vanished. Now, she is almost certain the man who took Rachel sits in the passenger seat beside her. He claims to have dementia and no memory of murdering girls across Texas in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. To find the truth, she proposes a dangerous idea: a 10-day road trip with a possible serial killer to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.

Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist - or is she?

You won't see the final terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile.

Praise for Paper Ghosts:

"A rich, hybrid work...a murder mystery, a road novel, a pair of psychological case studies and a meditation on photography." (The Sunday Times, UK, Thriller of the Month)

"[An] artful and elegiac psychological thriller...riveting." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"[Paper Ghosts] elevates the often tawdry genre of the serial killer novel to a work of art." (Sunday Express, UK)

"Texas has yet again bred a major American noir writer." (D Magazine)

"[Heaberlin has] developed a distinctive literary voice, one that is on full display in Paper Ghosts." (Houston Chronicle)

"Entertainingly unnerving." (The Dallas Morning News)

"Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place, and some dark comedy make this travelogue-cum-psychological thriller well worth the read." (The Guardian)

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Paper Ghosts is the spellbinding, brilliantly original story of a young woman desperate to find her missing sister and the man who she suspects knows the truth, joined together on a perilous journey as elusive and mysterious as the paper ghosts that lure them. Julia Heaberlin’s love for Texas spills across every page." - Carla Buckley

"A stunner: a creepy, complicated thriller that crawls under your skin from the outset and burrows deeper with every page; the kind of ‘there’s no way this is going to end well’ story in which you know that what the character is doing is a very, very bad idea, but you can’t look away. It’s a chilling, nuanced, just-one-more-page novel from a master of psychological suspense. Highly recommended!" - Karen Dionne

"An exceptional read, with a deftly woven plot—a book to devour in one sitting. This is breathless storytelling at its very best, with a deeply satisfying ending that will give book groups—and all your friends, when you recommend it—much to discuss." - Elizabeth Haynes

"With prose as sharp and flinty as the book’s protagonist, Paper Ghosts takes a deep dive into the murky well of moral ambiguity, as one woman’s obsession with her missing sister collides with a serial killer’s dementia over the course of a thrill-packed road trip deep into the heart of Texas. This novel brilliantly asks you to question everything you see (and don’t see) around you." - Nina Sadowsky

"Engrossing, tense, and tightly written, with a luminous sense of place." - Emily Winslow


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August 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 1-4328-5463-1 / 978-1-4328-5463-8 (USA edition)
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May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 0-8041-7802-X / 978-0-8041-7802-0 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 0-7181-8134-4 / 978-0-7181-8134-5 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 0-8041-7804-6 / 978-0-8041-7804-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 1-4059-2130-7 / 978-1-4059-2130-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 1-4059-2131-5 / 978-1-4059-2131-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paper Ghosts Exp: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
ISBN: 0-525-61936-4 / 978-0-525-61936-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA Xex
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Title: Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
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Title: Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Paper Ghosts
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Title: Paper Ghosts
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Title: Paper Ghosts
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
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April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans
Author(s): Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin
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