We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin
A decade has passed since Trumanell Branson disappeared. She’s beloved by her hometown and her photo still hangs everywhere from the church to the police station, unforgotten, like a promise that she will be found.
Though he has been cleared by police, Trumanell’s brother Wyatt has been found guilty by the town and has lived in isolation in the family house, where he continues to have conversations with his missing sister.
On his way home one evening, Wyatt finds a young girl with one eye in a field of dandelions on the side of the highway. Uncertain of her situation, he brings her home and confides in the town’s youngest police officer, Odette Tucker, who he was in a relationship with at the time his sister disappeared.
Odette comes from a long line of cops and she’s determined to find out what happened to Trumanell and clear Wyatt’s name. She is certain that Wyatt didn’t hurt his sister… she’s also certain he knows who did.
The young girl Wyatt found in the field won’t speak but Odette is patient. She knows there is trauma, something she shares with the silent child who they call Angel. The two form a bond that is broken too soon when Odette meets an unknown fate like Tru, disappearing without a trace.
Five years later, Angel is searching for Odette, the woman who changed her life. She’s back in town, ready to confront Odette’s husband, her former partner, and even wild-card Wyatt to uncover the truth.
Julia Heaberlin’s novels always keep me guessing and I devour them quickly! (Read my review of Paper Ghosts here) We Are All the Same in the Dark is a twisty psychological thriller that takes readers to a small Texas town where a cold case and two young women cannot be forgotten. While one character’s actions didn’t quite make sense to me in the big reveal, I still loved this mystery.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery, thrillers, and small town secrets.
Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. We Are All the Same in the Dark is scheduled for release on August 11, 2020.