We Do What We Do in the Dark

Penguin Random House Audio. May 2022. 4:57 hrs. ISBN 9780593557211. $15. F
College freshman Mallory meets an older woman at her university gym. She turns out to be a professor at the university where Mallory is a student, and Mallory is drawn in by the woman’s brilliance, eccentricities, and aloofness toward the world. Still grieving the recent death of her mother, Mallory and the mysterious woman form a bond based on mutual losses. Though the affair is short-lived, the seductive tension of the relationship affects Mallory, her life, and her relationships for years to come. The naïveté of Mallory and the seductiveness of the woman are brilliantly portrayed by narrator Barrie Kreinik. The novel handles the topics of young love, grief, power imbalance, and regret in a sensitive and subtle manner, often letting listeners come to their own conclusions.
VERDICT This debut novel packs an emotional punch, exploring how relationships affect the people we become and the choices we make throughout our lives.
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