What Lies Between Us - John Marrs

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Official Blurb:

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 another fantastic read from John Marrs. It is full of twists, secrets and shocks. It is slightly slow-going, to begin with, but once you really hit the middle of the story, it is impossible to put down.
I always dread starting a John Marrs book as I know I’m going to have a sleepless night staying up and reading it. This book didn’t do that to me at first, but once I was about 50% of the way in then I had to get the matchsticks out to keep my eyes open, so I could continue reading.
The whole way through, you aren’t sure what to expect or where the story is going to go. We are following Maggie and Nina, a mother and daughter who live together but not everything is as it seems. There are so many secrets you aren’t sure who to believe or why any of the current events have ended up where they are. Their present voices are interspersed with past events that have shaped the ongoing relationship between the two characters. We go back as far as twenty-five years ago and sometimes only eighteen months. It did get a little confusing at times knowing whose head you were inside. You really had to pay attention at the beginning of each chapter of who you were with and when as there was no pattern to the chapters.
The overall feel of the book reminded me of ‘When You Disappeared’ which was Marrs’ first book. It was a little slower than some of his more recent novels and more domesticated.
I did guess some of the twists, but others really did jump out and shock you. Everything is drip-fed you, so you are getting shock after shock as you continue to read. Even some of the previous shocks can come back around and shock you again. It was a truly gripping read even though the pace was a little slower than I expected.

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What Lies Between Us
by John Marrs
Date Started
28th March 2020
Date Finished
30th March 2020
Rating
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