Story Plant paperback
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Publication date: May 31, 2016
“A well written, delightful, interesting and fun read. Looking forward to book two!”
- Hotchpotch on Over My Live Body
“A heart-pounding book of nonstop suspense…. It was a page-turner from the first few sentences to the very last word with an ending that was not expected.”
- CMash Reads
Delilah Price is still dealing with the consequences of her recent abduction, but she needs to keep her life on track. In order to survive as an artist in New York City, she has started working as a substitute teacher, which leaves her navigating between two worlds that are foreign to her – students and educators.
Detective Patrick Quick has taken up a big place in Delilah's life. That is, when he isn't consumed by a case. And right now the case that is taking Quick away from Delilah involves a serial rapist and is striking very close to home.
On her way to her first day of work, Delilah witnesses a young girl falling in front of a subway train – or was she pushed? The victim turns out to have been a student at the middle school where Delilah has been assigned to teach and the teacher she is subbing for is a missing person herself. As Delilah gets to know her students and befriends a teacher on staff, she realizes that many have been hiding dark secrets that suggest abuse and worse. And when yet another girl who has hinted strongly that she was abused is a no show to class, Delilah stops counting on police help and follows leads on her own. Putting a dangerous predator on her trail.
The dramatic follow-up to Susan Israel's debut suspense novel, Over My Live Body, Student Bodies is a novel rippling with tension and twists.
“With a powerful sense of place, a compelling and twist-fueled plot, and characters of surprising depth, Student Bodies is as good a mystery as those written by modern-day masters. Susan Israel's second novel confirms for me that she is one of crime fiction's most talented new voices.”
– Douglas Corleone, author of Gone Cold
“I like the fast pace of this novel as well as the great characters and especially liked the ending! Keep them coming Susan!”
– Deco My Heart
“For interesting plot and edge-of-your seat, nail-biting suspense, Student Bodies is definitely the book for you.”
– Vic’s Media Room
“The kind of book that you should not read alone.”
– Deal Sharing Aunt
Susan Israel lives in Connecticut with her beloved dog, but New York City lives in her heart and mind. Her first novel, Over My Live Body, was published by The Story Plant in 2014. A graduate of Yale College, her fiction has been published in Other Voices, Hawaii Review and Vignette, and she has written for magazines, websites and newspapers, including Glamour, Girls Life, Ladies Home Journal and The Washington Post. She’s currently at work on the third book in the Delilah Price series.