When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom—covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her—she knows she’ll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it’s not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it’s only a matter of time before someone from her long hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she’s worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.
Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is, and when she’s unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris’s secrets. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront the dark past she escaped, once and for all.
Because the only thing worse than a murder charge are two murder charges.
Things We Do in the Dark is a brilliant new thriller from Jennifer Hillier, the award-winning author of the breakout novels Little Secrets and Jar of Hearts. Paris Peralta is suspected of killing her celebrity husband, and her long-hidden past now threatens to destroy her future.
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(4.5 / 5) Paris is found bloody with a murder weapon next to her dead husband. Who wouldn’t think she did it? But her main concern is that her past will catch up to her and someone will recognize her connected to a previous murder.
This was another Book of the Month that I loved! I rarely even order a book, but June had two thrillers that were getting high ratings. I couldn’t help myself! I was pleasantly surprised by both books. Check out my review of The Lies I Tell here.
There were two separate stories that intertwined about half way in. I didn’t even notice that I wasn’t connecting the two until it became painfully obvious and I was already glued. It was so well done. I felt like I knew the characters well and could feel the turmoil playing out. It was well thought out and kept me on my toes.
We get both timelines, and insight into each murder and backstory. There were layers upon layers of story and it was hard to put down. Not only was the story layered but the characters were too. They were relatable and Hillier did a great job making me feel empathy. It definitely kept me guessing with all those twists!
AUDIO REVIEW: Truly the narrator had the voice that perfectly matches Paris. The inflection and cadence were spot on and she made it so fun to listen to. Her storytelling was a great addition to the book!
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General content summary: F words: 20+,alleged murder, murder scene (blood, no other details), m/m relationship, murder scene (body details, previous suicide attempt (details), hard drugs and prescription drugs, evidence of physical violence, child physical abuse, murder (few details), grief, previous murder details (few times), foster care/child in the system, strip club dancers (intimacy, few details), infidelity, fire and death in the fire (few body details), intimacy (few details), physical violence, sexual abuse grooming, child molestation, stories of rape (no details), previous drunk driver incident which left lasting injuries, grief, Alzheimer’s, addiction, stripper nudity and dancing, self harm, murder scene with blood and body details, child sexual abuse/rape (no details).
The book is an early release especially from Book of the Month. It releases July 19, 2022.
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