We Are All the Same in the Dark

Julia Heaberlin (Author)
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The discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road threatens to unearth the long-buried secrets of a Texas town's legendary cold case in this superb, atmospheric novel from the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans.

It's been a decade since Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind. Her pretty face still hangs like a watchful queen on the posters on the walls of the town's Baptist church, the police station, and in the high school. They all promise the same thing: We will find you. Meanwhile, her brother, Wyatt, lives as a pariah in the desolation of the old family house, cleared of wrongdoing by the police but tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion and in a new documentary about the crime.

When Wyatt finds a lost girl dumped in a field of dandelions, making silent wishes, he believes she is a sign. The town's youngest cop, Odette Tucker, believes she is a catalyst that will ignite a seething town still waiting for its own missing girl to come home. But Odette can't look away. She shares a wound that won't close with the mute, one-eyed mystery girl. And she is haunted by her own history with the missing Tru.

Desperate to solve both cases, Odette fights to save the lost girl in the present and to dig up the shocking truth about a fateful night in the past--the night her friend disappeared, the night that inspired her to become a cop, the night that wrote them all a role in the town's dark, violent mythology.

In this twisty psychological thriller, Julia Heaberlin paints unforgettable portraits of a woman and a girl who redefine perceptions of physical beauty and strength.

Product Details

Price: $27.00  $24.30
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published Date: August 11, 2020
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 6.13 X 0.72 X 9.25 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language: English
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780525621676
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About the Author

Julia Heaberlin is the author of the critically acclaimed Black-Eyed Susans, a USA Today and Times (U.K.) bestseller. Her psychological thrillers, which also include Paper Ghosts (finalist for the ITW Thriller Award for Best Novel), Playing Dead, and Lie Still, have been sold in more than fifteen countries. Heaberlin is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News, and The Dallas Morning News. She grew up in Texas and lives with her family near Dallas/Fort Worth, where she is at work on her next novel.


"A story so deftly told that it pulls you in and swallows you whole."--Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Liars' Legacy

"We Are All the Same in the Dark is a gripping, richly layered exploration of haunted souls in a haunted place. Julia Heaberlin's complex and memorable characters propel a story that keeps you guessing at every turn."--Lou Berney, author of November Road

"We Are All the Same in the Dark is an extraordinary book, with narration so precise and evocative that I breathed the roses and velvet air of its Texas setting. Heaberlin has an enviable gift for grounding the reader in the body, and the book's two narrators, Odette and Angel, engage in a struggle for truth that is as much physical as intellectual. Six words to describe We Are All the Same in the Dark Sharp. Compassionate. Bloody. Shocking. Profound. Triumphant."--Tanen Jones, author of The Better Liar

"I'm not sure I can put into words how much I loved this book: gorgeous writing, interesting characters, a unique setting, and an unsettling, surprising mystery. At one point, I actually gasped out loud from both the beauty of the writing and the shock of the story. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all. Everyone needs to put this book on their to-be-read list right now! You can thank me later."--Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Familiar Dark