We Are All the Same in the Dark eBook Õ We Are

We Are All the Same in the Dark eBook Õ We Are The discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road threatens to unearth the long buried secrets of a Texas town s legendary cold case in this superb, atmospheric novel from the internationally bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans 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,New York Times bestselling author ofSummersIt 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 crimeWhen 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 TruDesperate 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 mythologyIn this twisty psychological thriller, Julia Heaberlin paints unforgettable portraits of a woman and a girl who redefine perceptions of physical beauty and strengthAdvance praise for We Are All the Same in the Dark Julia Heaberlin once again brilliantly captures the atmosphere and rough beauty of a strange and divided state CrimeReads 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 starred review I m a great Heaberlin fan having read her last four books this one starts brilliantly with her usual mix of twisty darkness with emotional intensity and I loved Odette and her relations with Wyatt and Finn And then, at just past 50% it all dropped off a cliff view spoiler Odette is killed and the story reassumes five years later in the voice of an 18 year old character picking up the mystery of her disappearance hide spoiler I was gutted and, for me, it never really picked up again I m a great Heaberlin fan having read her last four books this one starts brilliantly with her usual mix of twisty darkness with emotional intensity and I loved Odette and her relations with Wyatt and Finn And then, at just past 50% it all dropped off a cliff view spoiler Odette is killed and the story reassumes five years later in the voice of an 18 year old character picking up the mystery of her disappearance hide spoiler I was gutted and, for me, it never really picked up again The revelation at the end came out of nowhere with none of the emotional impact I d expected and even who does the telling and it is very told at that stage just felt off Not sure what happened here after such a strong beginning For me, 5 stars at the start, 2 stars for the second half 3 stars overall But this could have been so, so much better if it had followed the trajectory of the first half So disappointing.Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via NetGalley A creepy, nerve bending, slow burn mystery about two girls one is missing for a decade and the other one is found but we don t know her identity, her secret past and why she is found in the middle of the road.Three POVED narration, dark, cryptic, intense, high tensioned small town mystery reminds you of tango between True Detective and Fargo a little Twin Peaks vibes included Quirky, traumatized characters, slow dramatic story building and surprising, heart wrenching ending The main charact A creepy, nerve bending, slow burn mystery about two girls one is missing for a decade and the other one is found but we don t know her identity, her secret past and why she is found in the middle of the road.Three POVED narration, dark, cryptic, intense, high tensioned small town mystery reminds you of tango between True Detective and Fargo a little Twin Peaks vibes included Quirky, traumatized characters, slow dramatic story building and surprising, heart wrenching ending The main characters and narrators Wyatt who is still prime suspect of her sister Trumanell Branson s disappearance a decade ago Most of the town s people already convicted him as guilty in their minds which put him isolated life at his parent s house for years His forced quarantined life completely changes when he finds a mute young girl, Angel dumped in a field of dandelions Wyatt believes that is the sign he has been waiting for a long time He connects with the younger member of the police department Odette Tucker who is also friend of his lost sister and she is the only person still believes in his innocence about the case Odette is our third POV, already obsessed with the sudden disappearance of her friend by leaving a bloody fingertip behind And she also shares a close connection and sacred bound with the mute girl So she gets volunteered to solve both cases at the same time which means opening town s Pandora box or can of worms bringing out dirty secrets which may threaten people s lives consisted of lies and pretending And when it comes to the secrets about the mute girl s story, things are gettingcomplicated and shocking at each chapter I have to stop here not to give any spoilers but her part of the story was the juiciest part of the book.Overall This book needs your patience and attention I had really hard time to get into the story and fully focus on the writing And slowness made me lose interest I gave some breaks and tried reading again and before reaching the middle, I was already hooked and connected with characters I recommend you to keep your patience and not to give up on this book It takes a little time and the beginning was a little rough patch for me but later you d get used to the pacing, characterization and the mystery blows your mind so you don t want to leave it and keep reading.I m giving my four stars and adding other books of the author because her dark, depressive but also skilled slow building story telling technique and detailed, well depicted characterization already won my die hard thriller lover mind Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Ballantine Books for sharing this splendid ARC with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter We Are All the Same in the Dark gives us a story from three perspectives First we see things through the eyes of twenty six year old Wyatt, when he finds a one eyed girl on the side of the road Wyatt has an extremely troubled and violent background and he knows that his world will explode worse than it already has, if he is found with this girl During Wyatt s, too short for me, section of the book, we also meet Trumanell, his beloved older sister, who he talks to while tending to the girl Th We Are All the Same in the Dark gives us a story from three perspectives First we see things through the eyes of twenty six year old Wyatt, when he finds a one eyed girl on the side of the road Wyatt has an extremely troubled and violent background and he knows that his world will explode worse than it already has, if he is found with this girl During Wyatt s, too short for me, section of the book, we also meet Trumanell, his beloved older sister, who he talks to while tending to the girl The next part of the book is seen through the eyes of twenty six year old Odette, daughter of a late police officer, now a police officer herself, in the same small town where her dad ruled and where Wyatt lives Odette and Wyatt grew up together and loved each other, maybe still do, but they were torn apart by events when they were sixteen There was a night of violence when Odette lost her leg after crashing her truck, after Wyatt told her to flee his house, Trumanell and her abusive father disappeared, and later, Wyatt was found in a maddened state at a nearby lake After time in a mental institution, Wyatt came back to live in the family home, forever a pariah, being blamed for the death of missing Trumanell Odette is strong and resourceful and filled with guilt and suspicion about that night and the fact that her friend Trumanell has never been found She even wonders if her father did something bad to Trumanell and knows she can t trust any of the men in this town I had such hopes for Odette, hopes that she would reunite with her estranged husband, that she would be able to help the one eyed girl after Wyatt reached out to her for help, that she might be able to break the ten year old case of what happened to Trumanell But Odette s searching for answers upsets the wrong person and she too goes missing Five years later we see the story from the eyes of Angel, the one eyed girl whose life was changed by the help and attention that Odette gave to her in the few days that they knew each other Angel is eighteen now, ready to start college on a full scholarship but first, she wants to find out what happened to Odette Her outlook on life has been colored in a good way by what Odette left her, six strong words that describe them both, and she will use what she knows and her resourcefulness to find Odette and who made her disappear Angel is the only thing that makes the darkness in the book bearable for me but she s walking right into that darkness, riling it up, and the bleakness of this land, people, and story make it very likely that Angel might be a third woman to go missing in this sad, violent tale Almost everyone in this story seems to be hiding something or they are confessing to things that might not even be true Odette shows Angel her value and despite Angel s devastating past, Angel takes what she gets from Odette and makes something of her life With this story, we can only hope that Angel s curiosity and desire to set things right, doesn t cause her to fall into the same violent hole that swallowed Trumanell and Odette Expected publication August 11th 2020Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley for this ARC This novel was described as atmospheric and with a gothic feel and I will agree with that The prose is beautifully written and the story is a good one I did, however, have some problems with it which I will outline later.The novel is told from three points of view The first is that of Wyatt, a young man who was involved in a horrific crime but was found innocent by the court However this small town in Texas does not agree with those findings They think that Wyatt is guilty in some way in th This novel was described as atmospheric and with a gothic feel and I will agree with that The prose is beautifully written and the story is a good one I did, however, have some problems with it which I will outline later.The novel is told from three points of view The first is that of Wyatt, a young man who was involved in a horrific crime but was found innocent by the court However this small town in Texas does not agree with those findings They think that Wyatt is guilty in some way in the disappearance of his sister Trumanelle and his father They have made him live as a recluse in the family home, certain that he is not only mentally ill but a murderer He is spurned by everyone in the town except for the young police officer Odette As the book opens he is driving home and finds a young girl, injured, lying in a circle of dandelions Dandelions have a special significance for Wyatt and he feels this is God s way of telling him to help this girl He takes her to his home and calls Odette, the only police officer that he trusts.Second point of view is Odette s.Odette was also involved in the incident ten years ago, in fact losing her leg in a terrible accident after fleeing Wyatt s home on the night in question She has returned, along with her Chicago lawyer husband to find out the truth of what happened that night She and Trumanelle were friends when they were young Unfortunately this determination to solve the case will come at a great cost to her.Odette is then drawn into the case of who the young mute woman is because Wyatt reaches out to her for help She is now determined to solve the mystery of who she is and whom she may be running from The last point of view is that of Angel, given this name by Wyatt when he found her and she was mute He thought she looked like an angel lying in the dandelions.This last viewpoint is 5 years later which makes for some very confusing reading This is the part of the book that will reveal all and the ending was one I didn t see coming It was a strong ending although difficult to believe that some men can be so wicked.I had significant problems with this book I had to reread the first part of the bookthan once to get a handle on what was exactly happening Wyatt is an unreliable narrator with mental health issues and deep sorrow for his lost sister He s a confusing historian that s for sure.Odette s point of view was interesting but she seemed to be going in so many directions It was hard to believe she could even function on little sleep and not much support She doesn t trust anyone, not even her partner, Rusty.By the third point of view I was beginning to tire of the repetition of the story I did enjoy this section the most because it finally gives us hope of a satisfying conclusion I was ready for the ending when it came and it was a good close.This is definitely a very slow burn of a mystery and I lost patience with it at times I think it s a good story but be sure to set aside a good amount of time to stay focused on what is going on.This was a buddy read with CeeCee and I thank her for helping me get through some confusing sections.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.The novel is set to publish on August 11, 2020

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