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.
Since I got back into reading last August, and at the same time discovered the Bookish community here on the internet, there are a few names I keep hearing but not quite getting round to reading. John Marrs was one of these names. Last year I added The Passengers to my TBR after hearing about it on a few YouTube channels. I’ve also recently seen a few people talking about The One.
When I logged into Netgalley and saw that John Marrs latest book, What Lies Between Us, was listed I didn’t hesitate in requesting a copy to read and review. I’m so glad I did as I managed to find my favourite book of the year so far!
For me this book was almost perfect! It switches between the perspectives on Maggie and Nina, and for both of them there are chapters set in the past. Gradually this allows you to piece together who these characters are, how they are interlinked, and what series of events has led to the situation they find themselves in today.
The story is full of secrets and lies, misunderstandings and just plain bad decisions. Both of these characters have made mistakes, and its fascinating to see where the twists and turns of their lives have taken them, leading up to where they find themselves today.
The story becomes far more complex than I could have imagined at the start, and some chapters are so heartbreaking thats its hard to read them. I know it sounds like a cliche but this book and the characters will stay with me. There are so many layers to the story and I can’t stop thinking about them!
Also, can I just take a minute to swoon over that cover? I *love* a house on a book cover and this one is so appealing to me.
I read the whole book in a weekend, and if I didn’t have pesky things like a life and a family to look after, I really think I could have read it in one sitting. It was so readable, and I flew through the pages.
John Marrs has definitely created an amazing story. I now need to go back and find some of his other books. I’m thinking The Passengers next.
Have you read any John Marrs? Which of his books would you recommend to me next?
What Lies Between Us is released on 15th May 2020. Preorder it here: