We Are All The Same In The Dark by Julia Heaberlin @juliathrillers #WeAreAllTheSameInTheDark @MichaelJBooks @NetGalley


‘Gorgeous writing, interesting characters, a unique setting, and an unsettling, surprising mystery. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all’ Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls

It’s been a decade since the town’s sweetheart Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind.

Since her disappearance, Tru’s brother, Wyatt, has lived as an outcast, desperate to know what happened to his sister.

So when Wyatt finds a lost girl, he believes she is a sign.

But for new cop, Odette Tucker, this girl’s appearance reopens old wounds.

Determined to solve both cases, Odette fights to save a lost girl in the present and in doing so digs up a shocking truth about that fateful night in the past . . .


We Are All the Same in the Dark


Firstly I love this cover!

Oh my, just the mention of this author’s name and I get a little twitchy as I automatically think back to the other books by her that I have already got permanently in printed in my mind. I already know that what I read won’t go away when I want to sleep.

Wyatt was the only one that stopped when he saw something over the fence when he was driving his truck. The only reason he stopped was that he thought it was a dog, he needed a dog. What he didn’t need was a girl, but he took her anyway. The girl was mute, so he called her Angel. I knew that Wyatt would sit on my shoulder now until I finished this story and for a little after that too.

The story is told by three characters, Wyatt, Angel and Odette, a young police officer who had been Wyatt’s sister’s friend before she went missing ten years ago, now thought to be dead. The town had turned away from Wyatt believing that he has killed his sister, Odette is the only one that believes that he is innocent. After finding the young girl at Wyatt’s she makes it her mission to solve both mysteries. What happened to Trumanell, Wyatt’s sister and who is this mystery girl?

The story has a slow burn feel about it that you know will take off when you least expect it. I was like did that just happen, turned back to the beginning of the chapter and read again, yep! It is a story that turns on you when you think you have it. It has a shock factor and knots of lies that need teasing loose in each chapter. I loved Angel’s character as time past in the story, it is set over years not months.

I liked how the story turned in on itself, loved that I had been fascinated by the first half and engrossed in the second. I felt like I had lost a piece of myself. It shocked me, enraged me and drained me. Wow! loved how it all came together. Another story to be added to ‘makes me feel really uneasy books’.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Julia Heaberlin is the author of the international bestseller BLACK-EYED SUSANS and PAPER GHOSTS, a finalist for Best Novel of the year by the International Thriller Writers. WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK, her latest psychological thriller, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her books have sold to more than twenty countries, including two other psychological thrillers set in Texas, PLAYING DEAD and LIE STILL. A journalist, she has long held an interest in true crime and its lasting psychological effects on victims. Her books have examined themes of the Texas death penalty, dementia, prosthetics, and the power of DNA technology. Before writing novels, she was an award-winning editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News, and The Dallas Morning News. (Almost) a native Texan, Heaberlin lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she is at work on her next book.

Twitter: @juliathrillers


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