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Summary

This stranger-than-fiction cold case is about to crack wide open! 

Perfect for fans of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Zodiac.

On December 30th, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, 16-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing.

While rumours of drug debts, revenge killings and police corruption abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found.

In 2016, crime writer Jax Miller travelled to Oklahoma to discover what really happened. What she unearthed was shocking. These forgotten towns were wild, lawless and home to some very dark secrets.

Finally, in April 2018, the first arrests were made...could justice finally be in sight for the girls and their families?

©2020 Jax Miller (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"There is, in the best of us, a search for the truth, to serve the living and dead alike.... Jax Miller is one of those people and Hell in the Heartland is one of those books." (Robert Graysmith, author of Zodiac)

"Every generation has its standout true-crime writer. Jax Miller does with Hell in the Heartland what Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood." (A.A. Dhand, author of Streets of Darkness)

"Mesmerizing, raw, evocative, unforgettable." (William Boyle, author of A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself)  

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a brilliant labor of strength and love

...some reviews aren't meant to be written....they are felt...thanks for an amazing, sad and courageous journey.....

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Don't bother the writing is so wishy washy

This is a wishy washy made up novel about a true story not anything like what i was expecting from the description . In fact i have had to read that description twice to work out what this book is even about. I am sure this counts as beautifully written descriptive prose to some, however i am used to true crime books and biographys that start with facts and investigations not the made up thoughts of people involved . Is not helped by the very boring narrator either. I admit i only managed the first 20 minutes but you could skip that and not missed anything or know anything relevant about the case . I feel bad for the real people effected by the real case but this is not a book for me .

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Sad story

Beautifully written and narrated. Not your usual true crime story, but both terribly sad and frightening. I won’t be going to Oklahoma any time soon...