Things We Do in the Dark, Jennifer Hillier

A sepia cover with a woman's face at an angle. The title is in yellow over her face.

It would be very easy to spoil things in a review, so I advise people to tread carefully when reading reviews because before writing my own, I read quite a few that, sadly, spell things out.

This story slowly comes together through alternating timelines. First, we learn of Ruby’s daughter Joey, who suffered for years from her mother’s abuse and her mother’s boyfriends. Her story is tough to read sometimes, and Hillier does not hold back. Next, Paris’ story is of a woman in love who has overcome a lot in her life. She’s wanted a quiet, stable life, but now she’s accused of her husband’s murder. We watch these storylines weave together.

This is a story where I figured out many things early in the book, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the journey from piecing together what was going on. Knowing certain aspects of a book shouldn’t be a turnoff for readers. Hillier always writes complex characters in a gripping storyline. This has some heavy parts, which might be hard for some readers. I enjoyed how things slowly unveiled and the way things came together out of time. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along!

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About the Book

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.

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