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We Are All the Same in the Dark

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 in this superb and atmospheric novel from the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans.

It’s been a decade since Trumanell Branson disappeared from a farm, 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 crime documentary.

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 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. She is haunted by her own history with the missing Tru.

Desperate to solve both cases, Odette fights to save a 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.

Praise

“Julia Heaberlin’s We Are All the Same in the Dark has surged to the top as one of my favorite reads of the year. In Wyatt, Odette, and Angel, Heaberlin has created rich, multilayered characters who lead us into a darkly immersive exploration of loss and the search for the truth. I wanted to sit and savor her beautiful prose but the twisty plot and unexpected revelations propelled me through this spine-chilling novel. In We Are All the Same in the Dark, Heaberlin deftly unspools the threads of an awful crime and its far-reaching implications. The book is absolutely mesmerizing.”
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

“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 from both the beauty of the writing and the shock of the story. We Are All the Same in the Dark has it all. Everyone needs to put this book on their to-be-read list right now! You can thank me later.”
—Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Familiar Dark

We Are All the Same in the Dark is 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.”
—Lou Berney, author of November Road

We Are All the Same in the Dark is an extraordinary book, with narration so precise and evocative that I breathed the roses and velvet air of its Texas setting. Heaberlin has an enviable gift for grounding the reader in the body, and the book’s two narrators, Odette and Angel, engage in a struggle for truth that is as much physical as intellectual. Six words to describe We Are All the Same in the Dark: Sharp. Compassionate. Bloody. Shocking. Profound. Triumphant.”
—Tanen Jones, author of The Better Liar

“A story so deftly told that it pulls you in and swallows you whole.”
—Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Liars’ Legacy

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