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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Blogmas Day 15: Library Book Haul

Happy BLOGMAS Day 15!

Sorry this one is super late. I haven’t been able to schedule anything, and I haven’t been home all day. Anyway, here are all the books I have out from the library! I hope you enjoy.

If I Could Only Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci

Genre: Contemporary Romance

A Hero Born by Jin Yong

Genre: Fantasy

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

Genre: Thriller

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Genre: Middle Grade Horror

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Genre: Middle Grade Horror

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

Genre: Horror / Thriller

The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett Graff

Genre: Nonfiction / History

Violet by Scott Thomas

Genre: Horror

Giant Days vols. 6-11 + Extra Credit by John Allison

Genre: Graphic Novel / YA Contemporary

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Genre: Historical Fiction

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: YA Sci Fi

The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North

Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction

The Last Dance by Martin Shoemaker

Genre: Science Fiction

The German House by Annette Hess

Genre: Historical Fiction

Four Three Two One by Courtney C. Stevens

Genre: YA Contemporary

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Genre: Historical Fiction / Classic

A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman

Genre: Contemporary / Literary Fiction

The Last Affair by Margot Hunt

Genre: Thriller

In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark

Genre: Historical Fiction

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Genre: YA Contemporary

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Genre: Mystery

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Genre: YA Dystopia

Under Occupation by Alan Furst

Genre: Historical Fiction


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