Wednesday 29 April 2020

Book ~ "What Lies Between Us" (2020) John Marrs

From Goodreads ~ 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.

Maggie and Nina are a mother and daughter who live in the same house.  Nina's father left the family when she was 13 and Nina blames her mother for driving him away.  Nina became out of control when she was 14, drinking, doing drugs and hanging out with less than desirable men and Maggie did all she could to stop it.  Now about twenty-five years later, Nina is still blaming Maggie for her father leaving, among other things, and has been punishing her for the last two years by keeping her chained in the upper levels of their house with no ability to contact anyone.

I enjoyed this book.  This is the third book I've read by this author and like the other two, the story was interesting and bizarre.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in first person perspective in Maggie and Nina's voices.  The timeless jumps back and forth from present day to twenty-five years ago ... the chapters are labeled so you know the time period and whose voice it is.  As the story moves on, you learn what has pissed Nina off so much and Maggie has done (or hasn't done).  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

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