What Lies Between Us by John Marrs @johnmarrs1

What Lies Between Us is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an Amazon affiliate link)

Book Description:

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

My Thoughts:

This is a story that flicks between the two main characters, Maggie the mother and Nina her daughter. It also goes from present day to a number of years prior, with the past chapters getting closer to the present.

It isn’t a fast paced read by any means yet the suspense that the author builds up around these two characters meant it was hard to put the book down. I wasn’t sure what to think of the characters themselves and have to say my impressions and feelings for both ended up u-turning. Nothing is as straight forward as it first appears.

I ended up reading the book in a day as my need to know was so intense. As usual with this authors books, he totally took me by surprise and I didn’t see the twists and turns until they were there staring me in the face. Some parts I had to go back and re read as with not seeing them coming, I was in shock at what I was reading and had to allow time for it to sink in.

What Lies Between Us was such a compulsive read. It picks the bones out of mother and daughter relationships of which it’s so hard to say much more as the revelations made me change how I felt and what I had thought. The ending left me quite melancholy but was within keeping of the rest of the story. Its such a dark and twisted story and another fantastic read by the author. Another must read for psychological thriller fans.

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