Jennifer Hillier is an auto-buy for me, full stop. Jar of Hearts is in my all-time top five favorite books, and I will scream about her from every mountain top I have the unfortunate happenstance to find myself on (nature's not my friend, but that won't stop me). I have been SO EXCITED for Things We Do in the Dark and finally got the chance to read.
And let me tell you.
It did not disappoint. One. Little. Bit.
Let me start by saying: the hype around this book is real. It grips you from the very first sentence and never lets up. The characters are nuanced, authentic, and so aggravatingly real it was impossible not to see this becoming a Netflix series. Paris' POV was superb, layered with backstory and the likelihood of a murder trial. Ozark meets murder podcast meets Real Housewives with a dash of Orange and wrapped with Jennifer Hillier flair.
What I love most, perhaps, is not the flash, but the subtle moments of introspection--quiet observations that shout about the human condition: how we grieve, how we recover, how pain transcends time and creates opportunities for growth and potholes of despair. This book will stick to your bones.
Overall, 10/10 recommend. Add this to your cart immediately, you won't regret it.
Thank you to Minotaur and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.