The Plot (from Goodreads):
A scientist with a special gift riles a wasp’s nest of conspiracy theories while investigating a cold case in this riveting novel from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans and We Are All the Same in the Dark.
When she was ten, Vivvy Bouchet saved a boy’s life by making an impossible prediction. Ever since, she has been in a life-long battle between the urgent voices in her head and the science she loves. Now a brilliant young astrophysicist, she wants nothing more than to be left alone with the stars in the Big Bend country of Texas.
But the boy she saved, now a Fort Worth cop, has always believed she is psychic—even though she won’t say that word out loud. He is begging her to help solve the high-profile cold case of a little girl who disappeared in broad daylight from the kitchen of her old Victorian house. A body was never found, and her mother sits in prison still loudly proclaiming her innocence. Vivvy reluctantly agrees to try.
When a popular Texas conspiracy theorist podcaster named Bubba Guns finds out about her involvement, he spews conspiracy theories about the case and muddled truths about Vivvy’s murky past. As his listeners spin dangerously out of control, and with her career and the people she loves on the line, Vivvy decides to fight back.
This sharply observed psychological thriller from the acclaimed, bestselling author Julia Heaberlin explores the insidious nature of conspiracy theories and our urge to believe them—especially when it comes to sensationalized cases.
How did Night Will Find You end?
Thank you to Macmillan Audio for this gifted ALC!
I love the concept of a psychic helping the police solve murders–it was such a fun plot device in the Booking Agents series, so I knew I’d like it in a “more serious” thriller too.
“But Caroline, I thought you hated magical realism in your thrillers?” Only when the author uses it as the “twist”. In Night Will Find You, the reader knows from the first page that Vivvy has some kind of unexplained power. When I know about the magical realism up front, I’m able to take off my detective hat and just enjoy where the story takes me, believable or not.
I was completely hooked from the start by Heaberlin’s writing, and listening to this audiobook made a long road trip fly by. Vivvy was a great main character: complex, multi-dimensional, empathetic, and with a well-thought-out past. I loved the glimpses into Vivvy’s unusual childhood. The one thing I could have done without was the romance: Vivvy was caught in a bit of a love triangle with an extra leg (not quite a square). I found it confusing and was eager to get back to the cases of the missing girls.
Karissa Vacker is one of my favorite narrators, so of course the audiobook was amazing. I highly recommend listening to this one!
QOTD: Do you believe in psychic power?