Things We Do in the Dark

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250763167. $27.99. SUSPENSE
Jimmy Peralta is dead, and his wife was found next to his body holding the straight razor that killed him. Paris Peralta has a troubled past, but she swears she didn’t kill her husband. Through flashbacks and changing perspectives, readers learn not only about Paris and Jimmy’s relationship but also about Paris’s life before Jimmy—a life that included abuse, murder, and a different identity. Hillier (Jar of Hearts) has created another twisty thriller, albeit a more predictable one than in her previous novels. The writing is superb, but the timing of the reveals is drawn out to the point that the ending feels too abrupt. Still, with mentions of streaming comedy shows and true crime podcasts and told by unreliable narrators, this novel has wide appeal.
VERDICT Readers of Megan Goldin and Lisa Jewell will enjoy this thrilling take on a character reinventing herself but unable to run away from the past. Hillier is a must-read for the mystery genre.
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