We Are All the Same in the Dark
Julia Heaberlin

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Narrated By: Jenna Lamia, Catherine Taber, MacLeod Andrews, Kirby Heyborne

Duration: 10 hours and 35 minutes

What to expect

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The next nail-biting thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans

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.

'Gorgeous writing, interesting characters, a unique setting, and an unsettling, surprising mystery. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all' Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls

Ten years ago Trumanell Branson disappeared, the only clue she leaves behind is a bloody handprint.

Her pretty face still hangs like a watchful queen from the posters on the walls of the town's church, police station and high school. They all promise the same thing: We Will Find You. Meanwhile, her brother, Wyatt, lives as a pariah in the old family house, cleared of any involvement by the police but tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion and now in a sensational TV documentary about the crime.

So when Wyatt finds a lost girl dumped in a field of dandelions, he believes she is a sign, someone to lead him to his sister and finally clear his name.

Instead she leads him to young police officer Odette Tucker. She knows they must tread carefully - the town, still waiting for its missing girl to come home, is a tinderbox and this new arrival might just set it alight.

But Odette can't look away.

For in this twisty, atmospheric psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans, one lost girl may finally unearth the truth about another - and a town's dark heart.

'One of my favorite reads of the year. The twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through the pages of this spine-chilling novel . . . Absolutely mesmerizing'
Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

Praise for Julia Heaberlin

'A thriller to make you remember why you love thrillers' Observer

'Gripping'
The Times

'Wonderful . . . creepy . . . a work of art' Sunday Express

'Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place . . . well worth the read'
Guardian

© Julia Heaberlin 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Crime & mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction, Crime & mystery: women sleuths, Psychological thriller, Criminal investigation & detection

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Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place

Guardian

Praise for Julia Heaberlin

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The author of Black-Eyed Susans returns with an elegantly written tale, set in a world where women are vulnerable and men are dangerous, the finger of suspicion pointing at them all

Daily Express

TENSE, DARKLY ATMOSPHERIC. TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY WITH ITS SUDDEN TWISTS. GRACEFULLY WRITTEN, WITH CHARACTER THAT LEAP OFF THE PAGE AND INTO YOUR IMAGINATION

DAILY MAIL

An intense, intelligent thrill-ride of a book - undoubtedly the one I will be recommending all year

Elizabeth Haynes

Rich, multilayered characters . . . I wanted to sit and savor her beautiful prose but the twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through this spine-chilling novel . . . absolutely mesmerizing

A beautifully written and extraordinary book

Sophie Hannah

Praise for Julia Heaberlin

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A beautifully written and extraordinary book

Sophie Hannah

A thriller to remember why you love thrillers

Observer

One of the best stand-alone mysteries I've read in a while; thrilling and complex, with richly imagined characters who will break your heart even as they confront the monsters, real and imagined, that hide in the dark

Kathleen Kent

One of my favorite reads of the year. I wanted to sit and savor Heaberlin's beautiful prose but the twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through the pages of this spine-chilling novel . . . Absolutely mesmerizing

Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

If you only read one thriller this year, let it be this one. Psychologically absorbing, original and atmospheric. I could not turn the pages fast enough

Elin Hilderbrand, author of <i>28 Summers</i>

Heaberlin knows how to build to a truly shocking twist, how to break a reader's heart and then begin mending it

Dallas Morning News

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 both from the beauty of the writing and the shock of the story. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all

bestselling author of The Familiar Dark

Twisty and atmospheric

Prima

An emotionally charged story . . . there are so many layers to Heaberlin's story which keeps the mystery going right up until the end

Culturefly

Exceptional . . . After a devastating twist halfway through, the intense plot builds to an emotional finale. Heaberlin sensitively addresses issues of survival and vulnerability in this heart-wrenching gothic tale

Publishers Weekly

Unsettling and atmospheric. Tense and Edgy. Julia Heaberlin holds you spellbound all the way to the emotional and devastating conclusion

internationally bestselling author of The Rumor

Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place

Guardian

A story so deftly told that it pulls you in and swallows you whole

New York Times bestselling author of Liars' Legacy

[Heaberlin] brilliantly captures the atmosphere and rough beauty of a strange and divided state

CrimeReads

A disquieting, tense and suspenseful book that promises to keep you reading way into the night

Culture Fly

A thriller to remember why you love thrillers

Observer

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