What Lies Between Us by John Marrs #BookReview @johnmarrs1 @AmazonPub

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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 canโ€™t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesnโ€™t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that wayโ€”even if it kills her.

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

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I bumped this one up my readlist the minute I got my hands on the ecopy. Honestly, I didn’t know what this novel was about anymore when I started reading it, I trust this author enough not to care, and I can only recommend doing so because I was in for a surprise real soon this way. The only thing you need to know is that Maggie and Nina live in the same house and that Maggie never leaves the house, so the only hobby she has is spying on the neighbours and reading the books Nina brings her. Don’t be mistaken though, there is a constant battle going on between them and Maggie thinks twice about every word she says to Nina. This resentment also created a tug of war in my feelings for both of them. In what they say and do they both seemed very reasonable women at the start. That really wasn’t the right conclusion to make though.

I strongly felt for Maggie in the beginning, only to feel some understanding for Nina after a while too because of all she went through in her reckless teenage years, until that was overshadowed again with pity and sympathy for Maggie… They both made mistakes in the past, because Nina was young, because Maggie loved her daughter and wanted to do what she thought was best. It is debatable if that was the right thing to do but all I do know is that it backfired in the most horrible way. She is treated horribly by her daughter and there’s literally little she can do about it. She could tell her the truth but even in her most ugly predicament Maggie still doesn’t grab this opportunity. Maybe that is something I didn’t agree upon but I can’t argue the deep love for her daughter.

Nobody lives happily ever after at the end of What Lies Between Us and it won’t come as a surprise either when you read the novel that it does not have this all American ending but in its own way the author wrote a rewarding closure to this sad and tragic story.

I held my breath quite a few times while I read this novel, fearing the worst and hoping for the best. The action and reaction between mother and daughter was relentless and I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad that a third person was getting closer to them without knowing what was going on in that house. What Lies Between Us is a very dark and gripping story that will leave nobody unfazed. The novel was built on plenty of deceit, secrets, love and revenge, abuse, loss and obsession. All the best ingredients for an amazing page turner and that is exactly what this is!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley. This is still my honest opinion.


27 thoughts on “What Lies Between Us by John Marrs #BookReview @johnmarrs1 @AmazonPub

  1. Sounds like another winner, and the dynamic between mother and daughter sounds both tradgic and heartbreaking. Added this one to my list, as I know I can trust you to tell us what’s good and why! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Fantastic review! I’m definitely dying to read this one as well and will do so as soon as my pile of pending ARCs is gone… I was going to read it as a treat for my birthday next week, but then my blog tour copy of I Am Dust arrived in my inbox and Louise won the battle. xD

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    • I know, I saw you were approved and I couldn’t request it fast enough myself then. Ha well, it’s the other way around then, I still have to read I Am Dust but I wanted to keep it for my few days of holiday coming up this month. Happy reading and a very early happy birthday already !!!

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      • Thanks! โค I'm planning on reading both I Am Dust and What Lies Between Us as birthday presents to myself (starting with Louise of course on Thursday), and I already know I will love both. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx


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