Review: We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

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We Are All The Same In The Dark Stand-Alone Psychological Thriller Ballantine Books (Random House) All Formats (Print, digital, audio) 332 pages Amazon

Publisher’s Description

It’s been a decade since Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind. Her pretty face still hangs like a watchful queen on the posters on the walls of the town’s Baptist church, the police station, and in the high school. They all promise the same thing: We will find you. Meanwhile, her brother, Wyatt, lives as a pariah in the desolation of the old family house, cleared of wrongdoing by the police but tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion and in a new documentary about the crime.

When Wyatt finds a lost girl dumped in a field of dandelions, making silent wishes, he believes she is a sign. The town’s youngest cop, Odette Tucker, believes she is a catalyst that will ignite a seething town still waiting for its own missing girl to come home. But Odette can’t look away. She shares a wound that won’t close with the mute, one-eyed mystery girl. And she is haunted by her own history with the missing Tru.

Desperate to solve both cases, Odette fights to save the lost girl in the present and to dig up the shocking truth about a fateful night in the past—the night her friend disappeared, the night that inspired her to become a cop, the night that wrote them all a role in the town’s dark, violent mythology.

In this twisty psychological thriller, Julia Heaberlin paints unforgettable portraits of a woman and a girl who redefine perceptions of physical beauty and strength.

Thrilling Reads Review

A twisty psychological thriller told from three perspectives. It’s a slow-burn mystery about a girl that has been missing for a decade and a second girl is found but we don’t know her identity. Her secret past is slowly uncovered as a small town cop in Texas investigates the mystery girl with only one eye that was found in the middle of the road.

The story does move a bit slowly for my taste at times but the payoff makes this a worthwhile thriller that is dark and intense with characters steeped in mystery and secrets.

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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