25 May 2020

Review: WHAT LIES BETWEEN US, John Marrs

  • format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 2528 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542017025
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 15, 2020)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2020
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
Synopsis (Amazon)

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.

My Take

This was a well deserved Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
There is plenty of mystery and hints at some dreadful events.

Maggie is the mother. She has access to the top room in the house and the bathroom and dining room below. Nina has rooms on the first floor, the kitchen and the basement.  It is the house that Nina has lived in all her life and she remembers fondly when her father was with them, before he left.

The construction is clever: chapters separately narrated by Maggie and Nina, at the present time and about 25 years ago. The first puzzle though is who is the narrator in the prologue? I have just read it again, and I think I know.

When Nina was at school Maggie worked at a local clinic as a midwifery nurse. Now she is retired and Nina works at the local library. Maggie is invisible to the world. No-one knows that she lives in the house because Nina has told them she has dementia and is living with her sister in the country.

Like the other books I have read by this author, a very good and highly recommended read.

My rating: 4.8

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