Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review for What Lies Between Us by John Marrs. This was released on the 15th of May published by Thomas & Mercer.
What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
Release Date: 15th of May
Print Length: 380 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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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 didn’t even know where to begin with this review. I had been sitting at my computer for the better part of half an hour trying to come up with something to say. Just to be clear, this is in no way a negative, I am just still gobsmacked by this book and my head is still spinning, It is that bloody good! It has a very Whatever Happen to Baby Jane vibe, (which is one of my favourite movies), with its sinister storyline, that was always in the back of my mind whilst reading it.
What Lies Between Us is so dark and twisted, that it is going to stay with me for a long time to come. It is so intense that at times I had to put it down and step away from it. If you are a fan of Friends, remember whenever Joey read The Shining and it got too much for him, he puts it in the freezer? This is exactly what I wanted to do, although putting my Kindle in the freezer wouldn’t have been the smartest move on my behalf.
John has dug deep into the darkest depths of his mind for this story and it could not have been delivered more perfectly. He expertly pulls the reader into the story and raised so many emotions within me, that I was completely exhausted by the time I finished it. Alternating between the points of view of Nina and Maggie, John does a great job of pulling you from one to the other as your sympathies change for them with each chapter.
This is my first introduction to John’s work and I am absolutely amazed by his storytelling. I was engaged right from the beginning and became invested in its most complex characters. It is a fast-paced read with so many twists and turns, shocking revelations and an ending that will leave you breathless. It was my absolute pleasure to be able to read and review What Lies Between Us which I have recommended.
Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and John Marrs for allowing me to read an advanced copy of What Lies Between Us which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to NetGalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia, Amazon US. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know John
Until recently, I worked as a freelance journalist based in London, England, and spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
I wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.
My debut novel The Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, I released my second book, Welcome To Wherever You Are.
In May 2017 came my third book, The One. It was chosen as the book of the month for BBC Radio 2’s Book Club.
The Wronged Sons was re-edited and re-released in July 2017 under a new title, When You Disappeared.
My fourth book, The Good Samaritan, was released in November 2017 and became a Number One hit world-wide.
In 2018 I released my police procedural thriller Her Last Move, and thanks to my brilliant readers, I was able to start working as a full-time author.
In April 2019 came The Passengers, a thriller with a futuristic twist set in driverless cars. It will be released in the US in August.
In summer this year, filming starts for a ten-part TV series of The One, set to broadcast on Netflix worldwide in early 2020.
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