All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

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This book was INTENSE. That's honestly the best word to describe All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell. Intense and dark and raw. Before I even hop into this review, definitely placing a huge trigger warning on this for rape/sexual assault. One thing I absolutely loved about this book was that it had a trigger warning for this right in the very first pages, as well as resources related to this in the back. This one is a YA contemporary with a few thriller elements mixed in.

Ava experienced something as a child that no one should ever have to go through, and she even has a large scar on her face as a result. Now seventeen, she is mostly content with her life: her tattoos, her best friend, and now maybe even a love interest. But when she stumbles across a body in the woods, Ava starts to be haunted again and her life suddenly doesn't seem as solid as she thought.

Again, this book was intense. It was beautifully written, hauntingly so, which really allowed the reader to enter into Ava's thoughts and stream of consciousness. This is an own-voices novel as well, with the author using her own personal experience as the basis for this story. I loved how this addressed rape culture, and Ava many times talks about how bad experiences happen to you, you don't make them happen (referencing how many individuals wrongly blame the woman for "inviting" rape by their actions). I appreciated the LGBTQ rep in this one as well. 

There's honestly not too much more I can say about this book, other than that if you are looking for a hauntingly real read that will stay with you, pick this one up.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to a rep at Harper Teen for sending me an ARC of this read! All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell is out now.


  1. I love the plot. I will give it chance if I can. Thank you!

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  2. This one is new to me, thanx for the info, I like the premise

  3. A new to me author. The plot does sound riveting. Glad you had a good time with it.

  4. Amazing review I've been seeing this book a lot around lately and it really looks and sounds absolutely amazing and very intriguing. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post

  5. This looks so good and I love that cover. Great review.

  6. Excellent review. I cannot read things that trigger me. Thank you for being open about that.