Things We Do in the Dark
by Hillier, Jennifer






Accused of murdering her celebrity husband, Paris Peralta must stop the only person who knows her dark secret from destroying the new life she's worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.





JENNIFER HILLIER is the author of the bestselling Little Secrets (finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Anthony Award), and Jar of Hearts (winner, ITW Thriller Award, and finalist for the Anthony and Macavity Awards). A Filipino-Canadian born and raised in Toronto, she spent several years in Seattle before returning home to Canada. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario with her family.





Twenty-five years later, karma has come for Paris Peralta. She is arrested in her own bathroom, found with a straight razor in her hand and covered in blood. Her celebrity husband, Jimmy Peralta, is dead in the bathtub. He was the love of this life, the one she built from the ashes of her old one. The police and Jimmy's adoring public assume she did it, and the terms of Jimmy's new will give her a motive. However, her bigger fear is that Ruby Reyes will catch up with her. Ruby, "The Ice Queen, convicted of murdering her lover, knows all of Paris' secrets from that other life and has unexpectedly been released from jail. In this follow-up to Little Secrets (2020), Hillier creates an absolute monster in Ruby and spins a compelling tale backward and forward through time. The big reveals may not come as complete surprises, but psychological thriller fans won't mind all that much, and they will be satisfied when everything comes full circle at the end. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.





The violent death of a Seattle comedian looking for a comeback opens the door to a full-bore investigation of his wife, who has every reason to dread the spotlight. In his time, Jimmy Peralta was the star of the successful TV show The Prince of Poughkeepsie. His time was quite a while ago, but after years of retirement, a chance remark at an awards dinner has paved the way for Jimmy's return on the streaming platform Quan...until he's found in his bathtub with his femoral artery slashed. Also found in the bathroom is his fifth wife, yoga instructor Paris Peralta, who tells Jimmy's oldest friend, attorney Elsie Dixon, that she returned from a work conference in Vancouver to find him dead and grabbed his straight-edged razor in confusion. Since the surveillance monitors that could confirm what time Paris crossed the border have gone dead, Elsie prepares her client to dig in for a difficult trial. The lawyer doesn't know that this isn't Paris' first rodeo. She fled Toronto many years ago under an assumed name in the wake of a basement fire that claimed the life of stripper Joelle Reyes, whose mother, Ruby Reyes, was already doing time for killing her married lover, bank president Charles Baxter, under circumstances that left her with the nickname the Ice Queen. As Ruby, who's about to be paroled after 25 years, sends Paris a series of escalating blackmail demands, journalist Drew Malcolm, who has his own uncomfortable ties to Joey Reyes, seizes on Paris' arrest as fodder for his true-crime podcast, Things We Do in the Dark, that might help exorcise his personal demons. But that exorcism stands at the end of a long and twisty road. Gripping enough to make you accept every contrivance and beg for more. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





The violent death of a Seattle comedian looking for a comeback opens the door to a full-bore investigation of his wife, who has every reason to dread the spotlight. In his time, Jimmy Peralta was the star of the successful TV show The Prince of Poughkeepsie. His time was quite a while ago, but after years of retirement, a chance remark at an awards dinner has paved the way for Jimmy's return on the streaming platform Quan...until he's found in his bathtub with his femoral artery slashed. Also found in the bathroom is his fifth wife, yoga instructor Paris Peralta, who tells Jimmy's oldest friend, attorney Elsie Dixon, that she returned from a work conference in Vancouver to find him dead and grabbed his straight-edged razor in confusion. Since the surveillance monitors that could confirm what time Paris crossed the border have gone dead, Elsie prepares her client to dig in for a difficult trial. The lawyer doesn't know that this isn't Paris' first rodeo. She fled Toronto many years ago under an assumed name in the wake of a basement fire that claimed the life of stripper Joelle Reyes, whose mother, Ruby Reyes, was already doing time for killing her married lover, bank president Charles Baxter, under circumstances that left her with the nickname the Ice Queen. As Ruby, who's about to be paroled after 25 years, sends Paris a series of escalating blackmail demands, journalist Drew Malcolm, who has his own uncomfortable ties to Joey Reyes, seizes on Paris' arrest as fodder for his true-crime podcast, Things We Do in the Dark, that might help exorcise his personal demons. But that exorcism stands at the end of a long and twisty road. Gripping enough to make you accept every contrivance and beg for more. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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