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Audiobook Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

What Lies Between Us
John Marrs

Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Published: May 15, 2020
Audiobook: 11 hours 27 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 15-19, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

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.

Jessica’s Review:

This is my second John Marrs book and I had already planned to read all of his books, but now I really MUST read them all! I loved The One and now I couldn’t stop listening to What Lies Between Us! I spent a couple of my lunch breaks at work listening because I just HAD to know what was going to happen next!  This book is intense and when you think he is done with the twists… BAM! Mr. Marrs gives us another one! This book keeps moving and doesn’t slow until the very end!

We have Maggie and Nina in a very twisted and disturbing mother/daughter relationship.  Neither one is likable and I was dying of curiosity as to just what Maggie did to let Nina keep her locked up in the attic. And just when you think it’s been figured out… Nope, just keep reading! So much happens in this book and I just didn’t know who to like least: Maggie or Nina. And I kept changing my mind as the book progressed and didn’t decide until the very end. And that ending!!!! 

If you have certain triggers this might be a book to stay away from.  I just can’t mention what they are because… Well spoilers!

If you enjoy thrillers and have not read any of Mr. Marrs books, pick them up and get started reading! I am sure this will be one of my top reads of the year!!  I am already calling it: What Lies Between Us will definitely be in my Top 10 for 2023!

Purchase Links:
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Release Day Review of The One by John Marrs and a US Giveaway!

Author: John Marrs
Published: Today, February 20, 2018
416 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 11-18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

Jessica’s Review:

Holy. Crap…. Words cannot begin to describe The One by John Marrs. This is Science Fiction that could possibly one day become science fact. (But, isn’t that what all Science Fiction is?: Fiction until the time comes where it is reality?????) John Marrs, where did you come up with this idea?  You are brilliant and I loved this novel!

This book has been released in the United Kingdom for some time and it is FINALLY released here in the States!  It seems like I have been anticipating this novel forever; So much so I began to worry that it would fail my high expectations, but Marrs exceeded them. The One had been previously titled as A Thousand Small Explosions and there are references to the former title in the novel.  I prefer the title of The One to the previous title.

The One makes you think and will cause debate… Could this become a reality and would you take the test?  What could be the results of taking the test?  We experience the stories of five extremely different individuals who take the test and the positive and negative consequences they all face.  These stories all have very different results in their relationships as the test only takes into account DNA, and not race, religion, gender, or even location in the world.

This is a very compelling and addictive novel and you just want to keep turning those pages! Marrs is brilliant with his short chapters that have you in disbelief as you reach each conclusion.  The stories go back and forth between each of the five persons and you don’t know what is going to happen next. (Or you think you know and you are wrong!)  I found myself saying, “I must keep reading!”  The short chapters make The One a quick and compulsive read.

The question still remains: Would YOU take the test?????

***Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an e-arc via NetGalley and also John Marrs as I won a signed copy via GoodReads. I really enjoyed this novel and will treasure my signed copy. Please note that I also purchased a copy via Book Depository that I will be giving away to one lucky US resident! 

Here is my signed copy! 

For some fun go to this website: http://matchyourdna.co.uk/ You can find out which character is your match.  Who did you get? I’ll share my results:


Purchase Links:
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It’s time for a giveaway! This one will be for US only and will run until Saturday 2/24 at midnight Eastern.  You are entering to win a new UK edition of The One. I bought it from Book Depository before you could get it in the US.  Once I won my signed copy from Goodreads I knew I would give this one away.  Good luck everyone!
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