Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

380 pages

ISBN: 9781542017022

Published: 5/15/20 by Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Goodreads synopsis:

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.

Review:

Thank you to Amazon Publishing UK (Thomas & Mercer) and NetGalley for the early digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

It took me about three months to finish this one. I managed to get a good chunk of the way through, but it didn’t keep my attention. I found the audiobook for it, and I decided to push my way through it. I also feel like there are a lot of books being published surrounding the same topic. I guess it made me not want to finish it.

The best parts about this one are the fast-paced twists and turns, and the writing style. I love when thrillers don’t have the basic writing style, when the writing is just a little more sophisticated. It just really worked for me. There are also a lot of twists throughout this book, but you almost need it if you think about what the plot is. I never saw them coming, but I didn’t sit there thinking about it.

I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. I started out feeling bad for Maggie, and then I would feel bad for Nina, but I ended up hating both in the end. It didn’t affect my rating, and I will give the author kudos for writing such unlikable characters. They did get on my nerves a bit, but they were solid thriller characters.

My biggest issues dealt with how much the author shows rather than tells. All the twists are basically spelled out to the reader, and I wasn’t a huge fan. It also made it seem repetitive at times, and I definitely don’t want that in an almost 400-page book.

Overall, I see why this has so much hype surrounding it. It definitely deserves some of that. It’s intriguing, and the anticipation is definitely prominent. It didn’t work for me, but I will pick up other books by Marrs. I have The One checked out at my library. I’ve heard great things about that one too. Fingers crossed. So, go pick this one up if you’re interested.


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