Book Review : What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Genre : Mystery, Thriller
Page : 380 pages
Published : 15th May 2020

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.

Who would have thought? Such ordinary plot could made such a suspense?

Here is– the story of Maggie and Nina as they despise each other but found no other way than to live their life forever tied to the house.

First Impression

Anyhow, my first impression of the book, is this is going to be a great book.

Guess what?

It did!

But rather in a way I’d never imagined.

The Plot

Somehow, I’m really excited to start this book. And after finishing reading the second chapter, I’m starting to expect more but notice this might be a somewhat slow-burn mystery. You know, the kind of books that fed readers bit by bit of the mysteries and reveal to be very shocking in the end. For a moment, it truly feels like that.

Until it suddenly not anymore.

For a short moment, this book has a steady plot. All of a sudden- BAM! It turns to a whole new plot and this new plot hangs quite sturdy and long in the process (which kinda wake me from the story and prove me wrong that this might not be any slow burning mystery at all) before it actually slows again and rise in its peak in end of the story.

What I can’t get my head around is how ordinary the plot is. Merely two woman who hates each other living in the same house. But enough to chill the bones inside me.

The Dark Side

Right now, we have: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense to discuss.

ο First Off, the Mystery

It’s a clever plot. or should I say- a clever mystery. But I think it’s not that hard to guess the grand mystery of what really happen except for the details.

ο Second, the Thriller

It’s thrilling in a way I’ve never imagined I could find in this book. And unpredictable I must say. I read a normal (Well, not so normal) live of Maggie and Nina who converse and dine like nothing ever happened between them but ended up with Maggie being chained in the end of the day into the attic– now, her room. It goes on and on until suddenly BAM! Here comes trouble!

ο Third, the Suspense

OH. This book is so good at suspense. You could find a number of dreading suspense in this book. After one thrilling moment that leads to another, I couldn’t help but dreading when will the next strike will be.

The Characters

What Lies Between Us portrays Maggie and Nina as the two main characters. At first, these two characters seems normal enough to start a live but weird enough to not like each other even though they’re living in the same house for years.

However, apparently, it is soon being reveal to readers that they have a weird and disturbing circumstances going on. And here, I could read how disturbing and unhealthy they are as characters. Maggie and Nina made the perfect reason to read this book.


Yes. Totally.

The thrilling experience in reading this book is just too bad to be missed. Moreover, it’s such an easy books to read. Although, with much disturbing terms in the process which adds more suspense to it.

Author: Celine

14 thoughts on “Book Review : What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

  1. I’m so happy that you recommend this book because I really loved reading this one myself, it’s one of my favorites of this author. That toxic relationship, it was so addictive and I didn’t know who to support here, Maggie or Nina, I changed my mind a few times. Excellent review darling!

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  2. I really want to read more from John Marrs, as I read The Passengers last year and it was totally thrilling! This is a wonderful review, Celine. I love the way you talked about your experience of reading it! 🥰

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    1. Omg. Now, you got me on The Passengers. And your kind words Stephen! You’re always so supportive! Reading your comment ALWAYS made my day better! Thank you so much for spending your time reading my review Stephen!

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