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Lie Still US
US edition: Bantam
Lie Still UK
UK edition: Faber and Faber


"Deliciously chilling. ... I tip my hat to a new master of our genre."
Sophie Littlefield, Edgar-nominated author of A Bad Day for Sorry and Garden of Stones


When Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game.

It isn't long before Caroline mysteriously disappears and Emily is facing a rash of anonymous threats. Are they linked to the missing Caroline? Or to Emily's terrifying encounter in college, years earlier? As the dark truth about Caroline emerges, Emily realizes that some secrets are impossible to hide—and that whoever came for Caroline is now coming for her.

Read about Julia's first book, Playing Dead
Read about Julia's latest thriller, Black-Eyed Susans

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Media reviews

"Heaberlin combines a culturally pertinent suspense story (the plot revolves around the main character's struggles with the repercussions of an unreported date rape) with satirical observations about Texas' moneyed suburban elite."
   —The New York Times

"Heaberlin, a former journalist, expertly spins out a tale of lies and deceit that will keep the reader guessing."
   —Publishers Weekly (see full review)

"Heaberlin's depiction of one tight-knit Texas community is both culturally savvy and politically astute. Her group of rich white women desperate to climb the social ladder is funny as well as sad ... a carefully wrapped package of Texas soap opera, social and political expose, and well-paced thriller."
   —Booklist (see full review)

"Lie Still is a potent blast of 21st-century Southern Gothic. Julia Heaberlin brings a poet's craft and conviction to her storytelling ... She has captured the raw and dangerous Texan sunshine and sprinkled it liberally across the pages of her highly accomplished second thriller."
   —Crime Readers' Association (see full review)

"Lie Still is a whip-smart thriller ... particularly timely in this time of NSA eavesdropping and Google searches that may end up in the hands of your friendly neighborhood police force."
   —The Dallas Morning News (see full review)

"Lie Still mixes serious discussion about 'the last frontier in crime' with a twisty-turny mystery plot and a cast of eccentric characters."
   —Fort Worth Star-Telegram (see full story)

What bloggers are saying...

"This was an exciting, fast-paced read that kept me guessing until the final reveal. ... I love that Heaberlin uses this book as a positive vehicle to discuss rape and in particular the date rape. We need more books, more discussions... to support such victims and this book creates a voice that ... will be heard because this is not a book of ranting and ravings and man-hating rhetoric—this is a mystery/crime novel that tells a personal story of courage."
   —Reading, Writing, and Riesling (see full review)

What other writers are saying...

"Julia Heaberlin deceives the reader in the most deliciously chilling way in Lie Still: with gorgeous prose and sterling character work, she takes us on a deeply felt and wonderfully composed thrill ride as the pretty world she has created begins to disintegrate. Layer upon layer of secrets, longing, and deception are peeled away and we begin to dread the twisted kernel at the heart, never guessing what Heaberlin has in store for us. Well played, Heaberlin—I tip my hat to a new master of our genre."
   —Sophie Littlefield, Edgar-nominated author of A Bad Day for Sorry and Garden of Stones

"Mix a pregnant New Yorker with a big secret, an aging Southern Belle who collects secrets like recipes, an ex-pageant queen, several plastic surgery victims, and a maid with an eye for revenge. Set in upscale Texas community, and leaven with just the right amount of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the result: a page-turning, Texas gothic. Heaberlin treats her cast of eccentrics with a clear, affectionate eye, but doesn't flinch from the darker aspects of her subject matter."
   —Lisa Brackmann, author of the critically acclaimed Rock Paper Tiger

"Julia Heaberlin weaves an intricate tapestry of secrets and suspense, lies and betrayals that kept me reading late into the night. Lie Still is a thriller par excellence and a page-turner, true—but it's also a moving story of one woman's unlikely path toward healing, and another's lifelong search for redemption. I challenge you to visit Claremont, Texas—where nothing is quite as it seems and no one is quite who they claim—and leave unchanged."
   —Emily Colin, author of The Memory Thief

"Julia Heaberlin does it again! Riveting from the very first word, Lie Still is packed with larger-than-life characters, twisty and dangerous secrets, and a captivating heroine you can't help root for, as the stakes skyrocket and her own terrifying past roars back to claim her."
   —Carla Buckley, author of Invisible and The Things That Keep Us Here

"Reading a book by Julia Heaberlin is like hearing your best friend tell you a particularly thorny story, filled with secrets and intrigue and human hopes and failures. Lie Still is a book you want to curl up with for a good long while but, more importantly, Julia Heaberlin is an author you want to get to know."
   —Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow

What readers are saying...

"This is such a dark and borderline gritty story that should not be ignored. It is equal parts Lovely Bones and Steel Magnolias, with a dollop of Heaberlin's own unique voice thrown in. I read Playing Dead last year and was drawn into the quirkiness and odd nature of the story, as well as the true-to-life mystery that is slowly unfolded. Lie Still offers the same strong points—and then some."
   —Goodreads Reviewer

"Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin is a riveting novel. To me it was an artful, slightly dark but emotionally genuine cross between the almost laughably shocking Deep South gothic story (think Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, or The Secret Life of Bees) and something like the compelling, raw The Lovely Bones. Every page will compel you to stay and read more."
   —Goodreads Reviewer

"This is an all-nighter and worth every minute."
   —Amazon Vine Reviewer

Bantam; Trade Paperback (July 2013), ISBN-13: 978-0345527042