We Are All the Same in the Dark Paperback – 29 September 2020
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- Publisher : Michael Joseph; 1st edition (29 September 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241385504
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241385500
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 209,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
TENSE, DARKLY ATMOSPHERIC. TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY WITH ITS SUDDEN TWISTS. GRACEFULLY WRITTEN, WITH CHARACTER THAT LEAP OFF THE PAGE AND INTO YOUR IMAGINATION― DAILY MAIL
Twisty and atmospheric ― Prima
One of my favorite reads of the year. I wanted to sit and savor Heaberlin's beautiful prose but the twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through the pages of this spine-chilling novel . . . Absolutely mesmerizing ― Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
I'm not sure I can put into words how much I loved this book. Gorgeous writing, interesting characters, a unique setting, and an unsettling, surprising mystery. At one point, I actually gasped out loud both from the beauty of the writing and the shock of the story. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all -- Amy Engel ― bestselling author of The Familiar Dark
Exceptional . . . After a devastating twist halfway through, the intense plot builds to an emotional finale. Heaberlin sensitively addresses issues of survival and vulnerability in this heart-wrenching gothic tale ― Publishers Weekly
An intense, intelligent thrill-ride of a book - undoubtedly the one I will be recommending all year -- Elizabeth Haynes
A story so deftly told that it pulls you in and swallows you whole -- Taylor Stevens ― New York Times bestselling author of Liars' Legacy
[Heaberlin] brilliantly captures the atmosphere and rough beauty of a strange and divided state ― CrimeReads
A disquieting, tense and suspenseful book that promises to keep you reading way into the night ― Culture Fly
A gripping, richly-layered exploration of haunted souls in a haunted place. Julia Heaberlin's complex and memorable characters propel a story that keeps you guessing at every turn -- Lou Berney ― author of November Road
Unsettling and atmospheric. Tense and Edgy. Julia Heaberlin holds you spellbound all the way to the emotional and devastating conclusion ― internationally bestselling author of The Rumor
One of the best stand-alone mysteries I've read in a while; thrilling and complex, with richly imagined characters who will break your heart even as they confront the monsters, real and imagined, that hide in the dark -- Kathleen Kent
If you only read one thriller this year, let it be this one. Psychologically absorbing, original and atmospheric. I could not turn the pages fast enough -- Elin Hilderbrand, author of 28 Summers
Heaberlin knows how to build to a truly shocking twist, how to break a reader's heart and then begin mending it ― Dallas Morning News
Praise for Julia Heaberlin― :
A beautifully written and extraordinary book― Sophie Hannah
A thriller to remember why you love thrillers― Observer
Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place― Guardian
Rich, multilayered characters . . . I wanted to sit and savor her beautiful prose but the twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through this spine-chilling novel . . . absolutely mesmerizing
The author of Black-Eyed Susans returns with an elegantly written tale, set in a world where women are vulnerable and men are dangerous, the finger of suspicion pointing at them all ― Daily Express
An emotionally charged story . . . there are so many layers to Heaberlin's story which keeps the mystery going right up until the end ― Culturefly
Praise for Julia Heaberlin ― -
A thriller to remember why you love thrillers ― Observer
Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place ― Guardian
A beautifully written and extraordinary book ― Sophie Hannah
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I just love it when a book takes hold of your mind, body and soul, and completely takes over your life and you never want to put it down; this is that book. It is a suspenseful thriller, very much a slow burn but still so addictive; I was desperate to find out all the answers to the twists, shocks, devastating events that had me turning the pages well into the night. The characters had me hanging off every word they uttered, they were written extremely well, so much so I felt I was in this story with them, it felt that real.
I thought this book was researched really well; it was deep and very meaningful. This author was very clever with her words because she took me down a long and winding path of never-ending questions that had me second-guessing every person in the town, even the good guys, and still, she keeps you guessing until the very end.
With secondary characters that are very important in this story, wonderful writing skills and an ending I wouldn't have guessed in a million years, this book was superb in all ways. It is one I can't recommend enough.
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There’s desert and desert mythology, the wide and starry sky, Texas wildflowers, small town suspicions, and the unsolved ten year disappearance of a nineteen-year-old girl, Trumanell Branson, and her father. Her brother, Wyatt, is a Boo Radleyesque character who has always been the primary (but unproven) suspect. There’s a lot more in here to compel the reader; I was hooked from page one.
Haeberlin captured my interest with her palpable humanity and atmospheric writing. This may be a police procedural, but it is also a character-driven portrait of a community still in pain. Odette, a police officer, is the protagonist with a personal stake in finding Trumanell, as she was her friend, and Wyatt was her first and longterm boyfriend and lover. They grew up together. Odette’s father was the town’s top cop at the time, but he’s dead now for five years.
At the moment of Trumanell’s disappearance, Odette was trapped under her car after an accident, losing a leg in the process. Much is focused on the symbolism of her prosthesis and her missing leg becomes a kind of motif of loss, pain, and strength. Odette is married now to a successful Chicago attorney, but made a mistake by returning to Texas with him and falling backward into Wyatt again in a weak moment. Can you love two men? Finn, her husband, and a dead ringer for “Emily Blunt’s husband,” isn’t going to tolerate that.
There are several mysteries in this small town. Wyatt finds a young, mute girl with a missing eye outside on the baked ground in the hot sun, barefoot. He names her Angel. A runaway? Abandoned? Odette has a covert group with her cousin, Maggie, daughter of the town preacher. They help these unmoored children by arranging escape from whatever danger they are in. And she relates to Angel’s loss—Odette’s leg, Angel’s eye. It is reminiscent of some of John Irving’s themes (Haeberlin even includes a nod to Irving within the story)--abandoned children, missing body parts, and a touch of a dreamlike quality at times within the narrative.
Told in first person from various characters’ perspectives, the story advances with a thrum and well-paced rhythm, misted with levity and pop culture references. I was turning the pages with anticipation and suspense, but at intervals I enjoyed slowing down to enjoy interior moments, the characters’ imaginations and poetic observations. These emotionally tortured characters are relatable and sympathetic, often with a warm and mordant wit. Carefully mapped and executed, it would take a really sullen and cynical reader to not embrace this southern, tragic, and hopeful story. It may leave dust in your mouth but it’s also a breath of fresh air.
Ten years ago, Wyatt's sister disappeared. The only clue she left behind was a bloody handprint. At the time, their father (also missing) was suspect #1. Wyatt was #2. But, they couldn't prove anything. For the past 10 years, Odette (a cop) has been obsessed with trying to find out what happened to Wyatt's sister.
Odette takes the girl to an unofficial safe house (her cousin's home). They name her "Angel". Who is this mute, unidentified one-eyed girl found on the side of the road?
Odette was 16 when they amputated her leg. She was in a car wreck. She believes the universe brought the girl with the one eye & her (the girl with one leg) together for a reason. Then, Odette disappears. And, the girl with one eye becomes obsessed with finding a woman who was only in her life for a few days.
When I read a book I’m in it, I’m one of the characters, so I hope the hero is likable. The main character *is* likeable and while I don’t have any prostheses, I could still identify with and admire her - first Odette, then Angel.
It’s harder to get a read on Tru, she died before meet the characters and even though she’s a badass who prevented a rape and protected her brother from an abusive father, those details come out in tiny drops.
The title relates to Odettes’s prosthetic leg and Angela’s prosthetic eye. O is trying to solve T’s disappearance and A is trying to find out what happened to O. The reader is left to sort out which of our characters made these women vanish.