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We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

A must read crime thriller set in Texas


On June 7, 2005 a young girl named Trumanell disappears in a small Texas town. A decade later, the case has gone cold. But a newly released documentary about the case has everyone on edge.

Then, Wyatt- Trumanell's brother- finds a badly beaten girl on the side of the road. As Odette, a young, local police officer with deep ties to Wyatt and Trumanell searches for answers, many secrets will be revealed.

My thoughts/feelings: I lost count of the amount of times I said, "What the hell?! No way!" This is absolutely a 5 star thriller! I will recommend this book as "my favorite thriller of the year" over and over! This book is full of twists from the first page! If you like a good, twisted, crime story then this is absolutely the book for you. As with all thrillers I review, I try to keep my synopsis and thoughts brief so as not to ruin any of the twists!

There are some touchy/difficult topics (child abuse, domestic abuse, murder, suicide) but underneath it all is a sweet story line of people who have experienced trauma and are judged by the public, but support and stand behind each other. The characters strive to help others who are going through difficult times, because they know how it feels to experience traumatic events . There’s a lot of pain in this story but also a lot of kindness and hope.

Favorite Quotes:

"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. -Mark Twain"

"Texas is a beautiful poison you drink from your mother's breast; the older you get and the farther you run, the more it pounds in your blood."

"The more I live, the more I binge Netflix and read overhyped novels, the more I think knowing the ending is overrated, that the beginning and middle are enough. Answers aren't going to change anything."

"We are all the same in the dark."


Thank you to NetGalley, Ballantine Books and Julia Heaberlin for the advanced copy of We Are All The Same In The Dark in exchange for my honest review.

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