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  • Published: 9 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405940801
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

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 new nail-biting thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans.

Ten years ago, Trumanell Branson vanished.
Her farewell message?
A bloody handprint left on a wall.

Back then, the police cleared her brother Wyatt of any crime.
But now a TV documentary has judged otherwise.

When Wyatt finds a lost girl wandering a lonely highway,
he convinces himself she's a sign.
Someone to lead him to his sister and clear his name.

Watching him is police officer Odette Tucker.
She's determined to solve both cases, but will digging into this town's deeply buried secrets do more harm than good? And what will happen when the shocking truth is finally exposed?

  • Published: 9 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405940801
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Julia Heaberlin

Julia Heaberlin grew up in Decatur, Texas, a small town that sits under a big sky. It provided a dreamy girl with a great library, a character behind every door, and as many secrets as she'd find anyplace else. An award-winning journalist, she has worked as an editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News and the Detroit News. Black-Eyed Susans is her third psychological thriller set in Texas. She lives near Dallas/Fort Worth with her husband and has a son who attends the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently at work on her next novel of suspense.

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Praise for We Are All the Same in the Dark

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

Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Familiar Dark

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

Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Liars' Legacy

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

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

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

Lesley Kara, internationally bestselling author of The Rumor

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A thriller to remember why you love thrillers


Strong characterisation, haunting images, a wonderful sense of place


A beautifully written and extraordinary book

Sophie Hannah

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

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>

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

Elizabeth Haynes

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

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


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

Heather Gudenkauf, bestselling author of <i>The Weight of Silence</i>

Twisty and atmospheric




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

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

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

Culture Fly

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


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