#BookReview: WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK by Julia Heaberlin @juliathrillers @MichaelJBooks

Publication: 6th August 2020 – Michael Joseph

It’s been a decade since the town’s sweetheart Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind.

Since her disappearance, Tru’s brother, Wyatt, has lived as an outcast, desperate to know what happened to his sister.

So when Wyatt finds a lost girl, he believes she is a sign.

But for new cop, Odette Tucker, this girl’s appearance reopens old wounds.

Determined to solve both cases, Odette fights to save a lost girl in the present and in doing so digs up a shocking truth about that fateful night in the past . . .




What can I say about this book? It’s a chilling, intense, beautifully written story of a mysterious case that was never solved, of the young woman who would do anything to find out the truth, and the young girl with no identity and with a secret past.

Told from three different points of views, We Are All The Same in the Dark revolves around the disappearance of town-beloved Trumanelle Branson ten years earlier. The entire town thought that her brother Wyatt murdered her, but it was never proved. Odette Tucker came back for her father’s funeral five years earlier and she decided to join the police department and solve the case. Odette is obsessed by Trumanelle’s case because the night Trumanelle disappeared her life changed irrevocably. She is sure of Wyatt’s innocence, she just doesn’t know how to prove it. When Wyatt finds a young girl dumped in a field of dandelions, he thinks that it is a sign from his sister. Odette will do anything to protect the girl and prove Wyatt’s innocence.

We Are All The Same in the Dark is a slow-burning, unforgettable story. Having read the author’s previous novels, I really adore her writing style which captures me from the very beginning together with the dark and claustrophobic atmosphere and its vivid and multi-layered characters. The pace is slow, but the tension is high, so, for me, there was never a dull moment while I was reading. I loved the ending. I found it disturbing, but perfect for the story. A fantastic highly recommended read!

A huge thank you to Michael Joseph and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.

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