2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

About the Book

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.

My Review

I enjoyed this one, although I must confess that the big revelations and ending were not as strong (or as surprising) a finish as I was expecting given the excellent start…

I enjoy Hillier’s writing. She does an excellent job drawing readers in and crafting characters and situations that are complex and should defy credulity but somehow never quite do. I think that’s because so many of her characters are broken, generally by their circumstances but some by their very nature, and unfortunately those circumstances, while extreme, are also all too believable.

Regardless, it makes for a very dramatic read and when you pair that with her fantastic sense of pacing, the build-up is always a delicate yet powerful one that usually crashes into an explosive finale. As I said, in this one I found the final wrap ups somewhat less compelling than I expected from the way things progressed for most of the novel. I’m not exactly sure why – there’s certainly no shortage of drama, red herrings, or surprise, yet something about it didn’t quite satisfy.

Still, on the whole the read was excellent, albeit very dark and altogether gruesome a lot of the time, and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

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