Book Review: Whats Done in the Dark by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

What done in the dark

Release date: 15th July 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★★


Felise is not the kind of woman to cheat on her husband—especially with her best friend’s man. But after one perfect storm of a night, it happened…and she can hardly believe it herself. To top it off, when she woke up in the morning, she found that the man to whom she guiltily made passionate love died of a heart attack overnight. Felise, who is a nurse and a good citizen at that, leaves the hotel room without reporting his death. When her best friend, Paula, finds out about her husband’s sudden death a day later, Felise is overcome with guilt and grief. She must be there for her friend and her family, but when her husband repeatedly tries to apologize for his absentminded behavior and Paula starts investigating who Stephen was with the night he died, Felise finds it hard to hold herself together. Should she come clean and tell everyone what she did? Or should she just let it go and move past the mistake on her own?

The Review

The first book that gave me the reading bug years ago was “Let the Church Say Amen” by ReShonda Tate B, and fast forward many years later I know why I was hooked. I love her writing style and to be honest I could read her books all day everyday. The stories are real and readers can identify with them in one way or the other.

What’s done in the dark is a story mostly centered around Felise who has been married for 14years, she loves her husband but feels neglected by him in many ways. Then there is Paula, Felise’s best friend married to Steven but for some reason feels trapped in her marriage with 3 kids. One night when Felise gets upset with her husband for forgetting their wedding anniversay, she bumps into Steven her best friend from college and Paula’s husband and they get to talking, its clear that they still have some residual feelings of the past and for one night they throw caution to the wind and cross a line they should not have crossed. They both know its wrong and promise to never do it again after that night but everything goes horribly wrong when Felise wakes up the next morning to find out that Steven died of a heart attack in his sleep. She freaks out and decides to leave the hotel without reporting what happened but she is overcome with soo much guilt especially when her husband tries to make up for his mistakes and show her some affection. Most importantly how will she ever face her best friend Paula after what has happened with Steven. The story begins to unfold as Paula doesn’t believe that Steven died of natural causes and tries to find out what really happened. And with each passing moment Felise feels even worse about everything she now has to make a decision, will she come clean to those that she loves and risk losing everything or live the rest of her life in guilt especially when someone might be blackmailing her.

What did I like about the book? The story was soo much about real life which is just what ReShonda does soo well. As a married woman, I appreciated and understood the situation, you sometimes never set out to hurt the ones you love but it just shows how throwing caution to the wind can ruin a lot of what you have built over the years. The situation also caused Felise and Paula to face up to truths that they never really addressed over the years about their marriages and the reasons they got married. There were also valuable lessons to take away from the book, forgiveness is a must for you to get over past hurts , also everything done in the dark with eventually come to the light no matter how hard you try to hide it. It might take a while but it eventually does. So best to get it all out before it becomes worse.

One last thing is to never say never, don’t be quick to judge others and think you could never make the same mistake. I loved the ending of the book, I guess Felise got answer to question she always wondered.

An awesome thought provoking story that will linger with me for a while.


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