What Lies Between Us by John Marrs


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 Thoughts:

Oh my word. I’m sitting here absolutely speechless having just finished reading this. This book had me hooked from page one and didn’t let up. I read it in one sitting because Nina and Maggie are such complex characters and their lives are so incredibly warped that I had to keep turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. We learn at the very beginning that they are mother and daughter sharing a house, but with the unusual circumstance of Maggie being chained so that she can’t leave. The story flits back and forth in time and between both Nina’s and Maggie’s points of view, slowly unraveling the hows and whys of how they arrived at their current situation, but thanks to the clear chapter headers it was never confusing. I always knew who was narrating and the timeline. The twists and turns and curveballs just kept coming but there’s no way of expanding on that without risking spoilers. I’ve been a fan of John Marrs since the first book of his that I read and they just keep getting better!

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