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Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

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Things We Do in the Dark

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Quick Take

Caught in the paparazzi’s glow after her husband’s murder, Paris Peralta quickly learns all that glitters isn’t gold.

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    Buzzy

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    Murder

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    Unsettling

Synopsis

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 is two murder charges.

Why I love it

It was such a delight to discover Jennifer Hillier. When I read Things We Do in the Dark, I became an instant fan. This is a superb novel—a complicated story, expertly told. It deals sensitively with dark themes, and the characters and storytelling are utterly authentic.

The story opens with Paris Peralta soaked in blood, holding a straight razor. Her older husband—multi-millionaire comedian Jimmy Peralta—lies dead in their bathtub. Paris is charged with his murder, but there’s much more to the story. Paris is not who she says she is, and this case is going to open her up to scrutiny that she will not be able to withstand. At the same time, podcaster Drew Malcolm is reviving interest in a notorious Canadian murder case twenty-five years in the past, involving infamous murderess Ruby Reyes, aka the Ice Queen, as Reyes comes up for parole. Hillier thrills and teases us until the different storylines collide in the most satisfying way.

I love it when I’m in the hands of a talented storyteller who grabs you and won’t let you go. That’s what happened when I opened Things We Do in the Dark. I couldn’t put it down. I suspect you won’t be able to either . . .

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No One Can Know
A Talent for Murder
Listen for the Lie
Kill for Me, Kill for You
Bad Tourists
Daughter of Mine
The Fury
Only If You’re Lucky
When I’m Dead
The Soulmate
The Other Mothers
What Lies in the Woods
She Started It
People Like Her
Dark Corners
Blacktop Wasteland
All the Dangerous Things
The Only Survivors
The Hunting Party
Things We Do in the Dark
The Golden Couple
The Collective
Gone Tonight
Too Good to Be True
The Last Word
You Are Not Alone
Rock Paper Scissors
Cross Her Heart
A Flicker in the Dark
Reckless Girls
The Wife Upstairs
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Maidens
Everything We Didn't Say
Invisible Girl
The Paris Apartment
The Guest List
What She Knew
The Dark Lake
The Wife Between Us
The Perfect Mother
None of This Is True
Sweet Little Lies
The Silent Patient
The Winter Sister
The Family Remains
Before She Knew Him
Daisy Darker
The Other Woman
Necessary People
The Family Upstairs
The Wives
Truth Be Told
The Night Swim
The Girl in the Mirror
Pretty Little Wife
Goodnight Beautiful
The Writing Retreat
Just Another Missing Person
First Born
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No One Can Know
A Talent for Murder
Listen for the Lie
Kill for Me, Kill for You
Bad Tourists
Daughter of Mine
The Fury
Only If You’re Lucky
When I’m Dead
The Soulmate
The Other Mothers
What Lies in the Woods
She Started It
People Like Her
Dark Corners
Blacktop Wasteland
All the Dangerous Things
The Only Survivors
The Hunting Party
Things We Do in the Dark
The Golden Couple
The Collective
Gone Tonight
Too Good to Be True
The Last Word
You Are Not Alone
Rock Paper Scissors
Cross Her Heart
A Flicker in the Dark
Reckless Girls
The Wife Upstairs
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Maidens
Everything We Didn't Say
Invisible Girl
The Paris Apartment
The Guest List
What She Knew
The Dark Lake
The Wife Between Us
The Perfect Mother
None of This Is True
Sweet Little Lies
The Silent Patient
The Winter Sister
The Family Remains
Before She Knew Him
Daisy Darker
The Other Woman
Necessary People
The Family Upstairs
The Wives
Truth Be Told
The Night Swim
The Girl in the Mirror
Pretty Little Wife
Goodnight Beautiful
The Writing Retreat
Just Another Missing Person
First Born