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Bestselling author Julia Heaberlin talks with director Rod Lurie about her new thriller WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK.

The Dallas Morning News Rewards and Interabang Books present a conversation between bestselling Texas author Julia Heaberlin and critically acclaimed filmmaker Rod Lurie, director of this summer’s hit movie THE OUTPOST. Lurie and Heaberlin will discuss the craft of writing a great thriller as well as what it takes to get a book to film. Heaberlin currently has two books optioned for television.

In Heaberlin’s latest, WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK (from Ballantine), 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 missing-person case. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called it “exceptional.”

Lurie’s action-thriller THE OUTPOST is about a real-life, against-all odds battle in Afghanistan, based on a book by CNN’s Jake Tapper. The film has been praised by the heroic soldiers who fought the battle and described as “illuminating” by The New York Times and “riveting“ by The Washington Post.

Our moderator from THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS will take your questions for both guests.

This is a DMN Download Virtual Event; it does NOT take place at Interabang Books. Learn more and RSVP at http://authortalks.dallasnews.com/

Order your copy of WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK [signed by Julia Heaberlin] below!
Interabang Books will mail signed copies to arrive on or about the release date of Tuesday, August 11.

“Exceptional … a devastating twist.” — Publishers Weekly starred review.

“If you read only one thriller this year, let it be this one.” — Elin Hilderbrand, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 28 Summers

In Julia Heaberlin’s latest electrifying and unsettling page-turner, WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK, the discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road in a field of dandelions threatens to unearth the long-buried secrets of a Texas town’s legendary cold case.

It has been a decade since Trumanell Branson vanished from her family’s farm, leaving only a bloody handprint behind. Posters of her pretty face still haunt the walls of the town's Baptist church, the police station, and the high school, promising: We will find you.

Odette Tucker, the town's youngest cop, fears the new, mute mystery girl, who she calls “Angel,” will be a catalyst that reignites old grief and loss. But Odette can't look away. She and Angel are bound by physical scars—Odette with an amputated leg and Angel with a missing eye—along with inner wounds that won’t close.

Desperate to solve both cases, Odette fights to save the lost girl in the present and to dig up the shocking truth about a fateful night in the past—the night her friend disappeared, the night that inspired her to become a cop, the night that wrote them all a role in the town’s dark, violent mythology.

Heaberlin is known for atmospheric novels set in Texas and for ferocious heroines—in turn heartbreakingly human, mysterious, and frightening—that demand our empathy even as they alert our mistrust.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JULIA HEABERLIN is the author of the critically acclaimed Black-Eyed Susans, a USA Today and Times (U.K.) bestseller. Her psychological thrillers, including Paper Ghosts (finalist for the ITW Thriller Award), Playing Dead, and Lie Still, have been sold in more than twenty countries. Heaberlin is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News, and The Dallas Morning News. She grew up in Texas and lives with her family near Dallas/Fort Worth.

Wednesday, August 12th, 6:00PM
Event address: 
10720 Preston Road
Ste 1009B
Dallas, TX 75230
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 11th, 2020