Thank you Netgalley, Ballantine Books, and Julia Heaberlin for the opportunity to read this book!
I have been in need of a good thriller, so I was so excited to pick up We are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin. A small town in Texas is haunted by the disappearance of Trumanell Branson and her father. No one really knows what happened, but many blamed Trumanell’s brother, Wyatt though it could never be proven. Years later, the story divides into three points of view. First, Wyatt is scarred by his sisters’ disappearance and probable death. However, one day he stumbles upon a young girl in a field, and she is missing an eye. Then there is Odette, her father was a police officer and she follows in his footsteps. She discovers the girl that Wyatt found and knows the town will erupt if they find out. Their relationship history makes her desperate to protect him. Then there is Angel, the young girl Wyatt found. She doesn’t talk and she is quite a mystery. All their paths intertwine and seem to connect to that dark night of Trumanell’s disappearance years before.
Boy, that summary does not do this story justice. This is a very complex thriller with multiple points-of-view. Wyatt is an unstable point-of-view which adds to the unpredictability of the story. Odette is a female police officer who lost her leg in a tragic accident the night Trumanell went missing. Her point-of-view describes the difficulty of being disabled and the strength it took to accept herself as a whole person. However, missing her leg ables her to connect with Angel who lost her eye. Angel is a young girl and won’t talk. However, Odette makes a lasting impression on her, which inspires her to solve a crime years later.
One thing about this story is that it is unpredictable. I was not prepared for the twist that happened halfway through the book! I wish I could go into more detail but that would mean some major spoilers. Because of the multiple points-of-view, there is a lot of rehashing information, which slows down the pace just a bit. However, the characters are great, my favorite is Angel because her development is what really brings the story together and solves the mystery. Although, my favorite aspect is how the author shines a light on what it is like to lose a physical piece of yourself. It is not a common theme in novels and I appreciate this insight.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars! This book will be published on August 11th and you will not want to miss out!!