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Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

After a few weeks of reading back-to-back spicy romance books, I was more than ready to dive into the psychological thriller I've seen everywhere, Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


While it might not have grabbed my interest right out of the gate, once I got passed a certain point, it became totally captivating and hard to put down. You just have to make it through the lull at the beginning before it all really gets going.


Anyways, now that I've finished it and know all the secrets, I'm here to answer the questions you might have about the book, as well as provide you with a list of five books like Things We Do In the Dark to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

What is the Book Things We Do In the Dark About?

Unlike most people who are married to famous comedians and actors, Paris Peralta will do almost anything to ensure her name and face stays out of the press. That becomes impossible though when Paris is found next to her dead husband in their bathroom holding a straight razor. She's accused of his murder, cuffed, and marched out the front door of her home covered in blood. Within hours, the video of that goes viral, and life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt. With her photo out for the world to see, all the skeletons in her closet and ghosts from her past, threaten to take down the life she so carefully crafted for herself.


Is Things We Do In the Dark Scary?

While I wouldn't say Things We Do In the Dark is scary in a way that will make you want to sleep with the lights on, it is a psychological thriller that contains triggering content, like murder, child abuse, and rape.


How Long Does It Take to Read Things We Do In the Dark?

It will take the average reader approximately 6 hours to read Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier, according to How Long to Read.


Who Is Paris Peralta Really? Why Did She Leave Toronto?

Paris Peralta is actually Joey Reyes, daughter of the convicted murderer, Ruby Reyes (aka The Ice Queen). After finding her friend Mae Ocampo dead in their apartment, she took the opportunity to make everyone believe it was actually her that died so that she could escape and start fresh away from her family.


Who Killed Jimmy Peralta in Things We Do In the Dark?

Elsie is the one who killed Jimmy Peralta. The night Jimmy died, he had plans with Paris but forgot about them. When she showed up at his house to confront him, they got into an argument where she cut him with his straight razor. Instead of calling the police, she staged it as a suicide. After all their years as friends, not only was she in love with him and angry at Paris for getting in the way, but she was also angry he kept forgetting about her and treating her badly.


Who Killed Charles in Things We Do In the Dark?

In Things We Do in the Dark, it was Joey Reyes (aka Paris Peralta) who killed her mother's boyfriend, Charles. While Ruby Reyes stabbed him repeatedly, it was Joey who officially killed him when she stomped on his throat with his daughter's ice skate. She killed him because he had raped her.


What Happens to Ruby Reyes In the End?

After she is released from prison, Ruby returns to the family home in Ontario. Paris (aka Joey) shows up with Drew to give her mother the money she demanded. However, Paris decides against it after the two get it an argument and Ruby shoves her into the pond. Since Paris cannot swim, she nearly drowns. Drew films the entire thing and shows it to the police, which gets Ruby Reyes sent back to prison for life for breaking parole.


5 Books Like Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

I find that once I read one psychological thriller, I really want to find another as quickly as possible that's just as good. If like me, you felt that way about Things We Do in the Dark and are eager to dive into another, here are five recommendations of similar books to look into next:


The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

1. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Like Paris (aka Joey) in Things We Do In the Dark, Rachel Hawkins' psychological thriller, The Wife Upstairs, has a lead who is living under an assumed identity and marries a rich man who "gives her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for." As one would expect, the book gets good when the couple's hidden pasts begin to come to the surface. It currently has a rating of 3.75 out of 5 and over 175,000 reviews on GoodReads.


Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski

2. Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski

When I read the description of Real Easy by Marie Rutoski it made me think of Joey, Mae, and The Golden Cherry in Things We Do In the Dark. Here's The Guardian's summary of the book: "When Samantha, AKA Ruby, reluctantly agrees to drive new colleague home from the Lovely Lady, they are run off the road – but police only find one body. It's more than the story of the subsequent investigation [...] it offers a kaleidoscopic view of a morally precarious world where male desire is a whisker away from male violence."


Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks

3. Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks

Like in Things We Do In the Dark, the domestic thriller, Finding Tessa, is about what happens when someone is accused of murdering their spouse, except this time it's the husband whose been accused. Not only has he been accused, but his wife also is the one setting him up - and she has help. Plus, according to Nilufer Ozmekik's review on GoodReads, it has "mind games, twists you never see coming, fast-paced chapters that end with cliffhangers, impressive characterization, and shocking story progression."


The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

4. The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

Women with secrets always make for a good domestic psychological thriller and that's exactly what you'll find in The Younger Wife. This description from The Washington Post should give you an idea of what's in store: "Two emotionally distant sisters are reunited when their father announces his engagement to a woman younger than them. All three women have their own deep-seated secrets that threaten to destroy their carefully constructed lives. As the wedding date approaches, their facades begin to unravel."


Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

5. Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

There isn't a single character or theme that makes Rock Paper Scissors like Things We Do In the Dark but both books are domestic psychological thrillers. Both also use the events of the past and present to tell the story, which definitely makes them feel more similar than they might look on paper.

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