What Lies Between Us
Author: 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
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.
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![Top]
Best Friends Forever
Author: Shannon Hollinger
Narrator: Kate Handford
Published: January 12, 2023
Audiobook: 10 hours 57 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 20-28, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
I emerge from the trees, drenched in sweat, my voice lost as I take in the scene in front of me. The blood. The body. Emma’s eyes meet mine for a second. “It was an accident,” she whispers.
Emma and I were childhood best friends. We did everything together. Until that terrible night in the woods.
I couldn’t tell anyone what I’d seen. We never discussed it, but our bond was too strong; I could never betray my best friend. Even if she had killed someone.
But I also couldn’t stay in town and watch her live a normal life, knowing what she’d done. So I left.
Now, ten years later, I’m back. The guilt and the fear have stayed with me. And I have realized I need to reveal the truth if I’m ever going to move on.
But I never get the chance. Because the day I turn up, Emma is found dead, and the way she died means I start to doubt everything I thought I knew about that night all those years ago.
As my grief turns to anger at all those lost years of friendship, I realise with horror that Emma might not have been the only killer. Someone else is out there. Someone who was close to us both, someone who knew the smallest details of what had happened back then. Who from our small town could have murdered not once, but twice? And who’s next…?
Best Friends Forever just did not work for me. It reads more like a YA novel with the way the adult characters of 28 years old were acting, but there were some adult situations involved. It was also slower for me and a bit confusing as it went back and forth from present day to the past. For me it was obvious who the killer was so I wasn’t shocked when we got to that part. I was all excited because I figured it out, and I usually hate when I figure out who the killer is. It just wasn’t believable at all for me and the reason why just did not work for me. I would be willing to give the author another try.
I think some of my issues might have been the narrator. Maybe the novel is better to actually read. Some novels just don’t do well on audio.
Many thanks to the publisher Bookotoure Audio for granting me an audio arc, I just wish I could have written a favorable review.[Top]