What Lies Between Us – 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.

About the Author: John Marrs is the author of The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Her Last Move and Welcome to Wherever You Are.

A former freelance journalist based in London, England, he spent twenty-five years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines until becoming a full-time author in 2018.

He has written for publications including the Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine and Company.

His books have been translated into twenty different languages and The One is soon to be a major new Netflix series

My Review:

It pains me to say this, because I know John Marrs personally and he really doesn’t need any more adulation or praise, BUT I think this might be my new favourite book of his!!  I’ve been a huge fan of John’s books since discovering his self-published book The Wronged Sons back in 2014.  Each of his books have been unique, original, thought-provoking and very, very twisted but until yesterday The Wronged Sons (now When You Disappeared) was my absolute favourite book of his…. until I finished What Lies Between Us.

This is a book made for TV/Film which is just as well as Renee Zellweger’s Big Picture Co/MGM TV have purchased the television rights!

What Lies Between Us is a very dark and very twisted tale of Nina and Maggie who live in the same house, dine regularly together and then Maggie is escorted back to her sound proof attic room with a chain attached to her ankle.  The book is narrated by both Nina and Maggie in the present day and back to 25 years previously.

Each chapter reveals a little more about this sorry situation and delves deeply into both Nina and Maggie’s disturbed minds, teasing the reader slowly with hints of how Maggie ended up as a prisoner and why Nina is so bitter and angry.

I’ve said this before, but I need to say this again; John Marrs has a very warped and disturbed mind and his ability to bring these characters to life and make the story so addictive is why he is one of my favourite authors.  I really never know what I am going to get when I start a Marrs book from a missing husband of 25 years to DNA to find your true love and driverless cars to psychopathic samaritans, but I am always surprised, engaged, gripped and shocked and more importantly thoroughly entertained.

Another 5 star book from John Marrs and even though I am no longer featuring as a cameo in his books, my alter-ego Stacie Denton was thrilled to be mentioned.

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