Pub Date: 7.19.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
“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.”
“While you can reinvent yourself, you can’t outrun yourself. As a woman once reminded her a long time ago, the common denominator in all the terrible things that have happened to you is you.”
Jennifer Hillier is an autobuy author for me. She always will be, and she can do no wrong.
While Things We Do in the Dark wasn’t as terrifying as Jar of Hearts — it was still excellent and kept me hooked. I had to stop myself from flying through the story as I so badly wanted to do. But, I made myself read 50 pages and stop, then repeat later in the day.
It was fascinating to reading along as Hillier revealed all of the details of Paris’s past; it was a slow burn for the mystery lover. Drew was a great addition to the story, and his determination to discover the truth was unmistakable. It gave me all of the true-crime podcast feels, but I didn’t have trouble sleeping at night since it was fiction 🙈
There were a couple of twists throughout the story, and I did predict one, but I loved how Hillier led the reader to the reveal. Exactly the book I needed! It was perfection.
🗣 Multiple Perspective
⏳ Past & Present
🔎 True Crime Feel
😬 Suspenseful & Mysterious
There are several triggers throughout the book, and I applaud Hillier for listing them at the beginning. I wish more authors would do this — they aren’t spoilers; some people are impacted by certain content.
❌ – child abuse, sexual violence, suicide, and addiction.
I recommend adding this to your reading list. It was unputdownable and the perfect book to read while lounging in the backyard or by the pool.
Format: 320 pages,Hardback
Published: July 2022 by Minotaur Books
ISBN 9781250763167 (ISBN10: 1250763169)