Monday, September 7, 2020

We Are All the Same in the Dark


Author: Julia Heaberlin 

Publisher: Random House Audio

Year: 2020


Synopsis: It’s been a decade since Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind. Her pretty face still hangs like a watchful queen on the posters on the walls of the town’s Baptist church, the police station, and in the high school. They all promise the same thing: We will find you. Meanwhile, her brother, Wyatt, lives as a pariah in the desolation of the old family house, cleared of wrongdoing by the police but tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion and in a new documentary about the crime.

When Wyatt finds a lost girl dumped in a field of dandelions, making silent wishes, he believes she is a sign. The town’s youngest cop, Odette Tucker, believes she is a catalyst that will ignite a seething town still waiting for its own missing girl to come home. But Odette can’t look away. She shares a wound that won’t close with the mute, one-eyed mystery girl. And she is haunted by her own history with the missing Tru.

Desperate to solve both cases, Odette fights to save the lost girl in the present and to dig up the shocking truth about a fateful night in the past—the night her friend disappeared, the night that inspired her to become a cop, the night that wrote them all a role in the town’s dark, violent mythology.

This is just such an amazing book! Everything works-

  the setting - a dusty Texas town still haunted by the disappearance of the homecoming queen years earlier

 the characters- a broken man who the town blames for the disappearance of his sister and father, a badass female police officer intent on discovering what happens all those years ago, an a mysterious one-eyed girl with demons of her own

 the pacing keeps the past and the present flowing together and never gets bogged down

 POV - the multiple points of view really  develop each character 

 the writing is fantastic 

The audio narration by Jenna Lamia, Catherine Taber, MacLeod Andrews and Kirby Hayborne is masterful and pitch perfect. Lamia and Taber provide nuanced performances for their characters. 

Julia Heaberlin delivers an exceptional character driven mystery that will stick with you for a long time. 

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