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Secrets don’t always stay in the past…. What Lies Between Us by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @AmazonPub #DomesticThriller #WhatLiesBetweenUs


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.

I’ve been meaning to read What Lies Between Us by John Marrs for ages, I got approved on Netgalley to read it, then went on to buy an ebook and paperback copy – it was money well spent because this psychological twist of a thriller is superb and has flown on to my top reads of the year list! If you don’t have a copy yet, and you love a great read, you can grab your own copy here!

It’s my day on the blog tour for John Marrs’ newest upcoming release, The Minders tomorrow and I thought I’d double whammy you with two consecutive book reviews in celebration! But today is all about What Lies Between Us, so grab yourself a cuppa and let me tell you why this book should be on your TBR pile and why you should read it ASAP.

Every great book has to have great characters, whether they are characters that you fall in love with or ones that get under your skin – they are key as the novel is would around them. In What Lies Between Us we meet our two protagonists Maggie and Nina, two women who are connected by their web of lies, secrets and betrayals, as well as an unsettling personal relationship. The storyline alternates between dual points of views, coaxing the reader further into an understanding about what these two women feel, think and how they justify their actions – while also touching upon themes that add a further depth to the narrative. As well as character flicks, their are also trips to the past that bit by bit allows the puzzle pieces to fall into place. What Lies Between Us is the perfect balance of a character and plot driven novel.

The way that What Lies Between Us is written, it feels like it’s tipping on the edge of a unreliable narrative – the complexity and intensity contained in each chapter, while they alter between Maggie and Nina you switch between each of the teams. One chapter you’re team somebody, then the kaleidoscope of emotions that you feel during each POV snippet makes you team someone else. The sequence of events are toxic, brain sizzling and gasp worthy, fitting together a tale of destruction with venom that snakes through the pages. John’s imagination, the way that he’s brought the characters and their lives alive is like a superpower! Everyone has their ‘ideal thriller’ and What Lies Between Us is mine, it takes psychological thriller to a whole new level for me – with the gasp worthy events, the domestic toxicity and the evolving Misery-esque vibes, this is an absolute must read for those who need a gripping read that peaks that ol’ adrenaline!

So, do yourself a favour and grab yourself a copy of What Lies Between Us, it’s the bookish embodiment of unsettlingly captivating and written so bloody well! It got all my stars and I will happily recommend it to everyone.

Make sure to check out John’s The Minders blog tour that’s going on at the moment, and keep your eyes peeled for my review tomorrow!

Until next time,
Happy reading!

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