Before She Was Helen

Before She Was Helen

"As Before She Was Helen opens, readers are drawn into what appears to be a light, retirement-community caper. But author Caroline B. Cooney quickly flips expectations upside-down in this deceptively ...

About The Author

Caroline B. Cooney

CAROLINE B. COONEY is the bestselling author of teen suspense, mystery and romance novels that have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, including The Face on the Milk Carton. Cooney lives in South Carolina.

Reviews of

Before She Was Helen

“Caroline Cooney’s Before She Was Helen is a clever whodunnit featuring an immensely likable septuagenarian heroine with a tragic past. Cooney is deft at weaving together the mysteries of a fifty-year-old cold case murder and a still-warm body at a retirement community, slowly unveiling a slew of possible motives and suspects for both crimes. Loaded with action, fast-paced, and offering a series of emotional punches, this book will leave mystery lovers wanting more.”

Carter Wilson, USA Today bestselling author

“Caroline B. Cooney has a genius for skewering culture, crime, and society. As once she demonstrated to the world a pressing level of danger we needed to understand, now she whips millennial angst, recreational drug use, and one feisty, heroic retiree into a thrilling, toxic brew that will leave readers cheering by the end. Retirement villages never seemed so mysterious and exciting! Under Cooney’s deft hand, hidden dangers emerge, and the ties that bind us, young and old, just may save us in the end.”

Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow and Wicked River

“As Before She Was Helen opens, readers are drawn into what appears to be a light, retirement-community caper. But author Caroline B. Cooney quickly flips expectations upside-down in this deceptively dark mystery. Between old crimes and fresh murders, septuagenarian protagonist Clemmie faces an unspeakable fear that will keep readers hooked in this twisty whodunit.”

Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author

“Caroline B. Cooney is a master of taking a small, common moment—seeing a face on a milk carton, posting a harmless photo—and turning that moment into a thrilling story. In this mystery, Cooney gives us Clemmie—a senior citizen living a long deception, who fights back with intelligence and courage against dangerous foes, both present and past. Before She Was Helen is an emotionally rich page-turner about the lives we want—and the lives we make.”

Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Never Ask Me

“[A] solid mystery.”

Publishers Weekly

” A fine mystery.”

Booklist

“A good fat traditional mystery of about 300 pages, with spicy insight, and a perfect distraction from the stresses beyond the doors. Take the passenger seat with this remarkable lady under fire.”

Kingdom Books

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