Friday 23 September 2022

Book ~ "Things We Do in the Dark" (2022) Jennifer Hillier

From Goodreads ~ When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom - covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her - she knows she'll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it's not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it's only a matter of time before someone from her long hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she's worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.

Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is and when she's unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris's secrets. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront the dark past she escaped, once and for all.

Because the only thing worse than a murder charge are two murder charges.

Paris is a yoga instructor in Seattle who has been married to Jimmy, a much older actor/comedian who is making a comeback, for a couple of years.  When she arrives home early from a weekend yoga conference, she finds Jimmy dead in a bathtub full of blood.  Though Paris assumes he has committed suicide, she is arrested for the murder of her husband.  Things look even worse when it's discovered that she would inherit almost $50 million at his death.  Did she murder him for his money?

Twenty-five years ago in Toronto, Ruby was a single mother who dated married men in hopes they would leave their wives and take care of her.  She takes her frustrations out on Joey, her young daughter, by abusing her.  After a fight with her latest married beau, Ruby kills him in a fit of rage and is sent to prison for life for his murder.  Joey is sent to live with Ruby's sister and her sister's family north of Toronto, who only take her in because they are paid to.  Once Joey is old enough, she heads back to Toronto and becomes friends and roommates with Drew and Simone.  Joey is tragically killed in a fire in her apartment a couple years later.  Ruby is paroled and Drew, a reporter, decides to do a series of podcasts about her.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style and found the story interesting.  I look forward to reading other books by this author.  It is written in third person perspective with a focus on Paris and Joey.  The story bounces back in time from Paris' story today to Ruby and Joey's story in the past.  As a head's up, there is swearing, violence and child abuse.

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