Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

What Lies Between Us

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.



I am a fan of John Marrs’ books ever since I read ‘The One’ last year. Since then, I have devoured everything he has written and I am yet to be disappointed. He’s an author that I can always rely on to come up with something unique, disturbing, immersive and twisty.

What Lies Between Us is a dark, captivating, twisty thriller. The story is narrated in two timelines. In the present timeline, Nina is holding her mother, Maggie captive. Its such a bizarre situation that had me scratching my head and try to pick up my jaw from the floor a couple of times. Why on earth would anyone imprison and torture their mother? I had so many questions. The second timeline was set in the past. It explained the events that led to the imprisonment of Maggie by her daughter.

This was one twisty ride that had me changing my mind about events and characters a couple of times. The chapters were short and each ended with a cliffhanger. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

Its hard to review this book without giving away the story so I’ll keep this brief. If you enjoy twisty, enthralling page-turners then this is definitely a book that you need to pick up. John Marrs never ceases to surprise me. Once again, he has written a story that surprised me. It will definitely stay with me.