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We Are All the Same in the Dark

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This was... definitely interesting and I love all the connections and coming to that moment of “OH!” whilst reading. I loved the pacing, the build up, the characters. It was so great!
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I'm sorry its taken me so long to read this book, life has just got in the way like it does sometimes.

I had to concentrate on this book at the start, on the characters, but I soon got the hang of it.
I love beautiful writing and this is just that. Such well written, believable characters that really came to life. Each character had their own disctinctive voice, not an easy task for any writer, but this author pulled it off so well.
I was drawn into each persons life and found myself not just wanting to know, but needing to know how it would end. I was kept guessing throughout the book.
The ending did not disappoint.
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This is an incredible read. The writing is beautiful, gripping and really pulls you into the story.

I did get a little confused when the point of view first changed to a different character, but I quickly caught up. 

The three main characters are all totally different, believable and likeable. 

The person "whodunnit" totally came out of the blue and I did not expect it which is always great.
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A bizarre plot.

This book started off very well, Trumanell Branson has been missing for ten years from a small American town in the middle of nowhere. Her brother, Wyatt, is the main suspect but nothing has ever been proven. Odette has lived in the same place for most of her life, Wyatt was her teenage sweetheart, she is now a policewoman and cannot believe that Wyatt is guilty.

The book begins when a young girl is found dumped on some waste ground and rescued by Wyatt. She refuses to speak about how and why she was left there. Odette takes her from Wyatt and tries to help her. At the same time, Odette’s husband, Finn, has just left her and she stupidly has a one night stand with Wyatt.

Odette then makes it her mission in life to discover who Angel is and to solve the mystery of Trumanell’s disappearance.

The story is told by Wyatt, Odette and finally Angel and I must admit I found all three of them quite annoying in their own way. The actual revelation of the culprit was quite sudden and not very interesting, and I ended the book with more questions than answers.

As this book was set in the USA, I also found some difficulty in the vocabulary used. I imagine that this book would appeal more to the author’s American readers but not unfortunately to me. 


Elite Reviewing Group received a copy of the book to review
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I found it hard to get my head around the book in the beginning. There were quite a lot of characters so I found it hard to become immersed straight away as I needed to figure out what was going on. 

The writing was incredible - atmospheric, beautiful and a brilliant use and showing us what was happening. It pulled me right into the story - sucking me into this tragic yet beautiful world with all these characters who felt like they were sitting right beside me. 

The major characters all had complex, real personalities, and I cared about what happened to them. Angel, Wyatt and Odette had interesting backstories, believable traits, and I connected with them in different ways. I loved that Odette and Angel had one thing in common - Odette had lost a leg and Angel had lost an eye, and I think that interlocked them, and I loved seeing the theme of how Odette rescued Angel, and then Angel finished the story. It was beautiful. 

I loved the time jump. I loved getting into the heads of both Odette and Angel - and it was so interesting to piece together their stories. Half the story is told in Odette’s perspective and the other half Angel. The writer developed the characters so well that I knew whose perspective I was reading - their voices were unique. 

I honestly had no idea how the book would end. It kept me guessing until the very end. Some parts did drag, but the writing kept it going, and by the time the ending came around I was excited to find out how it would all end. The ending was incredibly sad, but also hopeful and beautiful.
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Another strong outing from this author.

Odette, a young police officer, is obsessed by the disappearance of her then boyfriend's sister. Presumed dead, all efforts to locate the body and find the killer have been frustrated for years. Then the appearance of a teenage girl adds another level of uncertainty to the case.

The story is told chronologically, but from a number of different viewpoints. Each narrator is damaged in some way, physically or emotionally (or both). Characters act convincingly and there are no unlikely heroics, although most characters do have a propensity for poor choices. The story is well told and the conclusion satisfying.
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Dark, Brooding Psychological Suspense.....
Dark, brooding psychological suspense with a slow burn narrative, constantly changing pace and laced with dramatic and often unexpected twists. Precisely written, often emotional and with credible characterisation. An engaging read.
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Atmospheric, slow burner - but tension builds all the time.  An autocratic single parent father who terrifies and brutalises his children until one day after a vilent altercation, his daughter goes missing with just a bloodstain remianing. His son, Wyatt is a main suspect, but he's saying nothing about that night. 
Odette the local police detective has a past with him - they were childhood sweethearts - but isn't sure whether to trusts her instincts that he is innocent. Then a one eyed'mystery girl' who's found by Wyatt at the roadside - he won't turn her over to the authorities but for the best of reasons (or are they?). What happened to her? She's not talking either.
Intricate tales and realtionships are built up and revealed layer by layer. I enjoyed this book but felt some of the slow burning stuff could have moved a bit quicker!
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"We Are All the Same in the Dark" is a creepy mystery that takes us through three perspectives over a five year period: Wyatt, Odette, and Angel. As someone invested in representations of disability in literature, Heaberlin's book interested me. There's a one-eyed mute girl, a protagonist who has lost a leg, and representations of mental illness. As far as disability rep is concerned, there were some points that didn't make sense, such as Odette's functionality with minimal sleep and support - though these could be seen as perhaps more unrealistic personality traits rather than to do with her disability. I would have liked more development of Wyatt as a protagonist struggling with mental illness. I felt like the author could have done more justice to the discourse by further exploring the nuances of his struggle and the impact of this.

As a mystery, there is enough suspense to keep you interested. There's a slight 'gothic' element to the narrative which does the job of creating tension. The repetitiveness of the narrative is a little tiresome, however I read it in smaller chunks and so I found it quite nice to have reminders every now and then of what happened.
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I loved this book. The complexity of the stories and the trauma of mental health and family dynamics had me gripped. Thanks netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I already know that We are all the same in the dark by Julie Heaberlin is going to be one of my TOP reads from 2020. I am hooked. Totally. Utterly. Hooked. And after having a bit of a reading slump where I have felt I am reading to push through my burgeoning TBR pile – We are all the same in the dark was a welcome relief when it grabbed me, it dragged me happily into that reading euphoria where I just wanted to sit in the sunshine and devour it in one sitting – sadly that did not happen. LIFE. IS. BUSY.

Anyway if you aren’t familiar with We are all the same in the dark by Julie Heaberlin have a read of the synopsis below and look at the gorgeous and slightly sinister cover design.

Great book blurb, right!?!?

The writing is gorgeous. Julia Heaberlin is a beautiful writer with a real knack for writing eerie, creepy and beautiful descriptive passages – I wish I had highlighted some but I got totally caught up in the story to take notes or highlight – SORRY, not sorry!

The pacing was also spot on. But it was the characters that held my attention. It was Odette that made the book for me – so far! Odette is still a ‘new’ cop in a town where her father ruled the office for years and has left her a legacy that she only some days wants. Odette is flawed. She is real. She is brave. And she is determined. She is absolutely my sort of character. I can’t wait to read the ending and see what happens. And the whole story developing with Wyatt and True never mind Angel is just SO GOOD.

If I give We are all the same in the dark less than 5 stars when I am finished I will be surprised! SURPRISED.

I just realised that I have at least one other of Julia Heaberlin’s books sitting in my TBR pile – Black Eyed-Susans and I am kicking myself for not picking it up SOONER! I’m sure she is going to be a new favourite and auto-buy author of mine.

We are all the same in the dark by Julia Heaberlin gave me chills. CHILLS. And I want more.

I received a copy of We are all the same in the dark by Julia Heaberlin for review from the publisher – Thank you!
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This an absorbing and atmospheric crime thriller set in Texas. The main characters are strong and well developed each interwoven with one another through the past murder of a girl from their town. 
I loved the intensity of this novel and the exploration of us all being the same in the dark is carried throughout. 
An enjoyable and chilling read!
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A murder mystery.  This book seemed to be very slow and rambling.  At times confusing as it jumped between happening and time periods.  The author was clearly trying to build suspense and present all the clues, but I thought this was rather loosely done.  I did not guess the murderer, so that was good, but this also left a huge part of the story that could have been explored too.
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A well written book but I couldn’t connect with it.  I read it to the end but struggled with it. not really for me.
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An extremely enjoyable and absorbing book by Julia Heaberlin, We Are All The Same In The Dark had me hooked from the start. 

You can tell from the very beginning that this is going to be a great book. The writing is really good. The scenes, locations, town and community are described really well and easily imagined. There are some fantastic characters in this book too. Their interactions with each other are realistic and gripping as you look for clues in what is said and what is not, and try to figure out who is responsible. I found myself so absorbed I was hoping that it wouldn't turn out to be a number of characters as I liked them all! The two main female leads are brilliant. Odette is brilliantly relentless; she has her demons, her mistakes and owns up to them. She has never let the mystery of Trumanell's disappearance stop her search for answers. Angie is strong, determined and driven by Odette. Always on the lookout for danger and watching her back, she has her own fears and nightmares but she fights for answers, getting herself into situations where she's less than comfortable but unable to give up. 

I'd highly recommend We Are All The Same In The Dark. A brilliantly well-written and developed book. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Julia Heaberline and Penguin Michael Joseph UK for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The disappearance of a girl ten years before continues to haunt a small Texan town.  Cop Odette Tucker grew up there and is obsessed with solving the mystery. Meantime, a teenager is found lying at the side of the highway by a suspect in the missing girl case.
We Are All the Same in the Dark is a compelling, atmospheric thriller.  A cold beer can to cool a hot cheek affirms the bright, unrelenting heat, but it feels like dark, thick night here, even when it’s day. Odette and Angel, the teenager, are gritty, damaged characters, sparring with the suspects, both dead and alive, near and far, forgetting about risk. The emphasis on colours, also reflected in the beautiful cover, from the handprint on the door frame, covered by Chantilly Lace White paint, to the all-seeing peacock on the vase is stunning. But the description of the eyes, from pools of emerald to muddy brown is a lasting image.
This is my first Julia Heaberlin read and despite some inconsistency in pace, it’s a keep on reading to the end one, and has whetted my appetite for more.
With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Michael Joseph UK
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I Ten years after the disappearance of his sister and father, Wyatt Branson finds a young girl lost in a field. She doesn’t speak, even when police officer Odette Tucker helps her find a safe haven.  But can ‘Angel’ help unlock the secrets of the Branson family?

We Are All the Same in the Dark is an interesting story that kept me intrigued right to the end. Told from different viewpoints as the tale progresses, there are several strands to the plot which develop and gradually tie together in the final denouncement. The culprit wasn’t obvious, to me anyway, but at the same time it made sense and the ending left me without any loose ends to ponder on. 

A real page turner, which will hold your interest and keep you guessing. Very enjoyable book.
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We Are All The Same In The Dark is an atmospheric novel which definitely builds tension, but I’m not quite sure whether I enjoyed it or not. It feels like a fresh novel, and i told in two distinct parts. It follows various characters in a Texas town as a young girl with only one eye is discovered by the side of the road: Wyatt, the local man who found her; Odette, a troubled police officer who has been romantically linked with Wyatt in the past; and the young girl herself.

There are parts in the first half which really gripped me, and others that I felt dragged on a bit. Then about half way through things suddenly change, and this twist – which I don’t want to give too much away – changes the dynamic of the book.

I really enjoyed Heaberlin’s previous books Black Eyed Susans and Paper Ghosts, and although I struggled to connect with the characters in We Are All The Same In The Dark, I do think this is a really well crafted book. I think if some parts were a little faster paced I would have enjoyed it even more.
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Layered, chilling, atmospheric and intense. We Are All The Same In The Dark is THE perfect execution of a small town crime thriller and I absolutely loved it!
Right from the start, this is an unnerving story, where the disappearance of local beauty, Trumanell, has almost celebrity status. It simmers with manipulation and fear of corrupt religion and police. The isolated, eerie settings of a small Texas town are so evocative you can feel the dry heat, smell the dust and hear the broken, creaking gate posts
Local outcast, Wyatt, is the perfect blend of creepy and unhinged to send shivers down your spine and I never knew if I felt terrified or sorry for him. There's a fantastic cast of characters and the feeling of not knowing who to trust is equal parts unsettling and gripping. But it's lead character Odette who I really enjoyed - a rookie cop, determined to finally solve the mystery of her best friends disappearance, she's tough and complex - exactly the type of lead character I want from my crime thriller
This book doesn't take the path you expect. It caught me out many times and I had no idea where it would lead. I was gripped by this book, it definitely finds a place on my top thriller list and I'll be looking out for Julia Heaberlin's previous novels ASAP. This one is not to be missed!!
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A small town in Texas, murders and mystery.  A slow but revealing book delving into the characters in an unusual, but interesting way.  I found the book compelling, but also rather strange. When the focus changes mid book it took me time to adjust to this.  Certainly a book of two separate halves with an interlinking story.
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