Book Review//What Lies Between Us

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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My Thoughts

**I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

What Lies Between Us shows just how far a mother would go to protect her daughter, and shows all the misinterpretations and miscommunications that families have. Even those with the best intentions a person cannot possibly know the consequences (good or bad) of those intentions until much later.

I am still thinking about how messed up this book was. It had a very slow build and then things got dark and interesting very quickly. Everything assaulted my sense and my reading in this novel, I was horrified, but I just couldn’t stop reading! This was another book where I think I exclaimed loudly, and often. I hope that my family would be used to this by now with how often I read these types of books.

 “It was as if someone else had crept inside me and was pulling my strings.”

I love books that explore familial relationships and this book was no exception. The mother-daughter relationship in this novel was complicated, Nina was punishing Maggie for something that she did and the reader needs to figure out what that is. I was interested in the reasoning behind Nina and Maggie’s behaviours.

“She may have the freedom to leave this house whenever she likes, but she is trapped with herself as much as I am trapped in this room.”

The two perspectives kept me guessing who was right and who was wrong and why Maggie was being punished and being locked in the attic. There were moments where I could see Nina cracking, that she began to crave that relationship with her mother and that things could go back to “normal,” but then in the next instant Nina grew cold and hard towards Maggie all over again.

“Something in my head has shifted and I don’t know how to push it back into place.”

Nothing is as it seems with books written by Marrs. You think you know what happened, but then at the end of the book you’re left questioning everything that you thought you know. I remember being exhausted after reading this book; it took a lot out of me, especially the ending. Oh man, this book is a 100% re-read and I will buy this as soon as it’s published! I was left questioning everything that I thought I knew from this novel. It was so dark, intense and I loved every second of it. This book is not for the faint of heart at all.

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