What Lies Between Us, John Marrs: Book Review

One of the most thrilling books I’ve read, with plot twists and surprises at every turn and a manipulative narrative, you’ll regret missing out on What Lies Between Us by John Marrs.

The plot:

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

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 be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

A definite 5/5 star thriller

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it most definitely won’t be my last – auto-buy is ON.

Starting at the beginning of the book, this has SUCH a good prologue – one of those ones where you say ‘ooooo’ and then can’t put the book down for at least 100 pages. It’s highly addictive and remains on a high throughout making it impossible to put down.

Chapters are short, and it’s a longer than usual thriller, but I appreciated this. The chapters in their dual narrative and dual timeline helped split up the content and leave you on edge with those wonderful cliff-hangers.

The characters are well thought-through, and both Nina and Maggie have their own tendencies which make you question how the story was going to end, and also how the f* did they end up where they are now.

I loved how Marrs makes you really not trust either narrative – it was impossible to pick a side, and at one point I was thinking “damn right” but on the other hand I could see the manipulation and was scared for the other character.

The whole concept for the thriller is fantastic. It’s a great plot and well-executed, with numerous plot twists and surprises in a pacey manner. It is dark, and made me want to hug my friends/family after – we’ve all had that type of book where you slowly turn the pages because you’re a bit worried about what’s coming next, and that book is What Lies Between Us for me.

This would be an incredible movie. Like an unreal, blow your mind off psychological thriller which you just know will have everyone gasping in the cinema.

A definite 5/5 star thriller, and I read a lot of these types of books – fantastic writing, good plot twists and tension-filled pages.

For fans of Alex Michaelides’ The Silent Patient’C. L. Taylor and Simon Lelic.

What Lies Between Us, John Marrs, RRP £8.99 (paperback); Book Depository 

Pages: 438

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Thriller

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