ARC Review | What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult)
Publication Date: May 15th, 2020
ARC from Netgalley

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.

| Book Review |

You can tell immediately from the blurb that What Lies Between Us is going to be a messed up read. Do you know how messed up it will be? That’s a solid ‘no’ from me, and I bet it would be for you, too. John Marrs first popped onto my radar when Kayla from Books and Lala gave a rave review to his book, The One. I haven’t read that one yet, but when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley, I thought it would be a good place to start. I was right. This book was gripping from the get-go, and even though I don’t feel like it really took off until the second half, I feel like the first half was necessary to really establish Maggie and Nina’s relationship. As with most of my Mystery/Thriller reviews, this will be vague in an attempt to allow you to discover this story as it unfolds.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, that even if I were to try and lay it out for you, I don’t know that I could remember them all. It was hard to tell who was capable of what. Was Nina or Maggie ‘more bad,’ were their motivations ‘noble’ enough, and was there really any love between these two women? It was impossible to tell at times. There were secrets galore, and their uneasy relationship had me on tenterhooks wondering what was coming next – was punishment on the way, or was the psychological component of knowing it might be on the horizon the actual punishment? I never knew, and it was enough to keep me cringing all through this book. I had a lot of theories as this story progressed, and the closer we got to the end, the more I saw coming. But I think I was supposed to, so the author did a good job foreshadowing.

Overall, this book had so many twists and turns that it felt like a roller coaster ride. My stomach kept dropping (along with my jaw,) and each new secret revealed was so shocking. It was nearly impossible to put What Lies Between Us down, and I have to say, I’m hooked. I will definitely be reading John Marrs’ back list!

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  1. Ha, yeah, that sure made me sit up and take notice. Glad it ended up as good as you were hoping. Yes, sometimes a book has to get rolling slowly to set it up properly and I’m glad you got a good payoff in the second half. Lots of twists and turns sounds great.

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  2. I love a story full of twists! I read The One by John Marrs, and really enjoyed it! I’m glad the second half of the story really picked up, and made this book a good reading experience for you! Wonderful Review Angie!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  3. I almost requested this book from NetGalley because I really liked this author’s previous book, The Passengers. This one sounds like something that I would like as well. Great review!

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