ARC BOOK REVIEW: Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
SynopsisWhen 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.
I received a free advanced copy of this book through Netgalley.com and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
This book is a mystery inside a mystery. Paris Peralta is arrested for the murder of her husband - the media has a field day with their May December romance and the courts believe she did it for the money but Paris actually cared for her husband but that doesn't mean she doesn't have things to hide.
Hidden in her past she holds onto a dark secret, an identity she has left behind but her husbands celebrity status may be shoving her into a spotlight that is bringing ghosts from the past back to life, and one has her sights set on a payday.
This is a really intriguing story, well crafted and edge of your seat. I had worked out some of it in my head but some of the revelations were truly astonishing. The characters were well developed and while some of the stories were hard to read it was ultimately redeeming to know how everything turns out.
Using present and past, and different perspective we piece together a story of toxic parenting, the struggle to survive, and ultimately remaking yourself.
Trigger warnings for child abuse, sexual abuse, ancestral patterns of abuse.
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