Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Things We Do in the Dark is a slow-burn, but overall gripping thriller.


It opens with Paris Peralta, dazed and confused, in the back of a police car, trying to recall the events of the night before. The police found her in the bathroom covered in blood, holding a straight razor with her famous husband dead in the tub behind her.

Though alarming, a murder charge is not the only concern on Paris’ mind. Paris married Jimmy with the understanding that they would live a quiet life. Now with her face splashed across the media, Paris fears her past may catch up with her.

Review of Things We Do in the Dark

This gripping thriller has dual perspectives and alternates between the past and present timeline.

I think most thriller readers will guess the first big reveal. For the most part, I enjoyed the journey of figuring everything out, but the plot did start to drag in Part Two. It spends a lot of time building up to the big reveal, but it was kind of unnecessary since the twist was fairly obvious by the end of Part One. The sections that focused on Paris held my attention; the other POV, not so much.

I did enjoy the conclusion. It ended on the perfect note. It didn’t feel rushed or like it was trying to do too much.

Note: There is a lot of abuse and graphic content that may be triggering for some.

This was my first time reading Jennifer Hillier. I’m not sure why I haven’t read her books until now, but I’ll definitely try more in the future.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Expected Publication: 19 July 2022

Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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