Review: Things We Do In The Dark - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

Things We Do in the Dark is a brilliant new thriller from Jennifer Hillier, the award-winning author of the breakout novels Little Secrets and Jar of Hearts. Paris Peralta is suspected of killing her celebrity husband, and her long-hidden past now threatens to destroy her future.

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.

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Psychological Thriller

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By Jennifer Hillier

Review: Things We Do In The Dark

“While you can reinvent yourself, you can’t outrun yourself.”

Jennifer Hillier delivers a riveting story of reinvention, murder, and abuse with her latest— THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK.

The story opens with a shocking scene—Paris Peralta holding a bloody razor over her celebrity husband’s dead body. From there, the story spirals into a dark ‘whodunit’ as media attention reaches a fever pitch and she begins to run out of options.

Meanwhile, rewind 25 years, and we meet Ruby Reyes—the Ice Queen—who was convicted of a cold-hearted murder in nineties. Reyes holds a secret over Paris, and as she’s unexpectedly released from prison, she’s determined to collect her due or else expose the secret Paris can’t afford for the world to learn.

These two lives inextricably tangle over the span of years, with murder, abuse, and affairs shaping their indeterminate futures.

The narrative imbues twists aplenty as characters take shape, deepening the investment you have in what awaits for each of them. While I guessed a couple plot points, it’s the journey to the end I found compelling. Hillier expertly probes the line between good and evil, drawing you into this twisted tale of trauma. She gradually unravels character backstories, so you understand intentions, actions, and outcomes—the whole story kept me totally absorbed.

A solid psychological thriller and definitely not my last from Hillier.

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