When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom―covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her―she knows she’ll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it’s not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it’s only a matter of time before someone from her long hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she’s worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.
Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is, and when she’s unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris’s secrets. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront the dark past she escaped, once and for all.
Because the only thing worse than a murder charge are two murder charges.
There are people who thrive on celebrity news and gossip. I am not one of those people, so for the first twenty pages of this book, which focused exclusively on “Paris” and the death of her celebrity husband, I was not interested.
Then Drew was introduced. Drew is a character who’s not even mentioned in the summary, which is weird because he’s the host for the podcast, “Things We Do In The Dark.” When he learns of Ruby Reyes’s imminent release from prison, he decides to dedicate the new season of his podcast to her due to a personal vendetta. Without giving anything away, Drew’s relationship with Paris humanizes her and makes her character lovable.
That said, when I read a novel that’s classified as “Thriller, mystery, suspense,” I expect to be thrilled, in suspense, and unable to guess at at least one twist. That was not the case with this novel.