Author: Jennifer Hillier
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Released: July 19, 2022
Warnings: Suicide, self-harm, drug abuse, sexual assault, abuse, child abuse
Things We Do in the Dark is the first novel I’ve read by Jennifer Hillier (thanks, BOTM), and I am hooked! I adore her writing style and will be watching out for any new thrillers that come from her.
Paris Peralta had what many would call the perfect life. She married into wealth – and she did it for love. Unfortunately, that ideal image is about to shatter at her arrest. When she’s found standing over the body of her husband’s dead body, the police assume the worst.
While this is a horrible tragedy for Paris to deal with, it isn’t her biggest fear. Her biggest fear is that all of this horror will wake up the ghosts that hide in her past, bringing them all out into the open. That is the last thing she needs right now.
“Because 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.”
As the title may suggest, Things We Do in the Dark gets a bit dark. But with a description like this, that’s probably to be expected. Paris’ story is haunting but also compelling, especially as readers try to solve the mystery of her past.
This book primarily takes place in two points of time, from two different perspectives. There’s the obvious perspective, Paris Peralta, and then there’s a bit of a surprise: the podcast host behind Things We Do in the Dark (hey, it’s the book’s namesake!). His story takes a while to unfold and a bit longer for readers to see the connection between the two plots. But once that’s made clear? Wow!
While I’ve read many thrillers with different points of view, I still think Things We Do in the Dark has one of the most unique takes on the matter. I enjoyed how the story unfolded, slowly revealing how the past sets the tone for the present. It was very well done.
Long story short, I’m thrilled that I decided to go with a new author this month (From BOTM, that is), as Jennifer Hillier’s writing style is perfection. If you haven’t read Things We Do in the Dark; I strongly urge you to do so!