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.
I read two of Jennifer Hillier’s previous novels last year and really enjoyed both. Naturally, I was excited to see that she is publishing a book in July. I was even more excited to find out that Things We Do in the Dark is going to be a June Book of the Month selection. I love a great author getting broader exposure.
Things We Do in the Dark is a dark and suspenseful novel that follows the life of Paris Peralta in all her iterations. When Paris’s celebrity husband is murdered, she is the prime suspect which also makes her vulnerable to her past being exposed. While I would not necessarily say Things We Do in the Dark is a heart-racing thriller, it is a good story you will want to plan on reading in one sitting.
Things We Do in the Dark has a strong plot with a lot of depth. Multiple timelines are used to build the breadth of the story. You follow Paris at several points in her life. Hillier also creates several mysteries within the tale that will keep you reading. I personally thought that ending was incredibly satisfying and fitting.
What I love more than a typical mystery or thriller is one that has fully-developed characters. Hillier writes great characters that are well-fleshed out. I think it is easy for her readers to feel strongly about her characters, whether that is like or hate. Things We Do in the Dark also has a diverse cast of characters which is so nice to see.
After reading some other reviews, I want to note a few things that do not decrease my enjoyment but seem to be problematic for others. Things We Do in the Dark has some graphic scenes so if you are appalled by those, I would skip this. I have also read some reviews that have issues with the tale’s plausibility. I have no issues suspending belief but I also did not think this novel was unbelievable. Please also note that there are a few strong triggers within the book’s pages. If those effect you, I would look into them prior to reading.
Overall, I really enjoyed Things We Do in the Dark and highly recommend it. Jennifer Hillier continues to be one of my favorite thriller authors.
Things We Do in the Dark
July 19, 2022
Note: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher, Minotaur Books. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.