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We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

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Book Summary

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.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published August 11, 2020 by Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780525621676


1 review for We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

  1. Kaylie

    Julia Heaberlin’s latest novel, We Are all the Same in the Dark takes readers down a path filled with mystery and suspense as the three different narrators, Wyatt Branson, Odette Tucker, and Angel each bring a different element to this stunning novel. When Wyatt discovers a young girl on the side of the highway surrounded by a circle of dandelions, he feels compelled to help her and calls her Angel: who is she, where did she come from, why isn’t she talking, and why does she only have one eye? At the same time there is also the mystery of what happened to Wyatt’s sister Trumanell ten years prior. Both of these plots are intertwined with one another as small town Texas cop Odette takes it upon herself to try and solve both of these mysteries.

    The most prominent theme in We Are all the Same in the Dark is ableism. Heaberlin has created Angel with a missing an eye and Odette with only one leg. What the world might normally view as a hindrance is actually what makes these characters stronger. Throughout the novel, these become important plot points as they are brought up time and time again. The research that Heaberlin has put into these characteristics is breathtaking as there is so much detail put into how both Angel and Odette think and feel in regards to their missing eye and leg respectively. Heaberlin has created beauty where readers might not think to find any.

    Heaberlin’s prose is absolutely haunting and poetic. She manages to blend together a slow burn mystery with a fast paced psychological thriller and she does this so effortlessly. Heaberlin includes so much symbolism throughout We Are all the Same in the Dark and these symbols are all linked together as the story progresses. Everything that Heaberlin includes in We Are all the Same in the Dark has a place and a purpose allowing things to all come together and leaving the reader satisfied in the end. The novel feels very reminiscent of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. While We Are all the Same in the Dark isn’t true crime, it’s the poetic nature of Heaberlin’s work that reads similar to Capote’s own remarkable work. I personally think that this is one of the most beautiful pieces of fiction I’ve read this year, maybe even ever. I will definitely be looking to read more of Heaberlin’s work in the future.

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