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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2020 by John Marrs. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"[Marrs'] most sinister novel to date." --Daily Express

"An excellent psychological thriller. A one-sitting read about a daughter who keeps her mother locked in the attic. Twisty, moving, and chilling." --Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"A tense, thrilling read - I found it impossible to put down. It’s dark and twisted, and I loved it." --Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient 

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Tiresome

Started off ok, then it got to be a bit much. Could have done without the tiresome whining about being a mother. I think I got the point from both perspectives about 3 hours in, the rest just became redundant and increasingly painful on the ears whenever a “Mommy” dialogue came along.

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Best Thriller

This is a must read for thriller lovers
It’s such an interesting book. John Marrs have never let me down

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Repetitive but good

I found this book Repetitive and dragged out. There was no real resolution, which I found disappointing. I did enjoy the mother and daughter conflicts as they were very relatable.

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A Good read

I enjoyed the story very much. and the narr5was excellent. The only reason it didn't get the full 5 stars was because I could figure out who the psycho was really early so that was disappointing, but i still enjoyed the book.

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good overall

i was really into this book, it was great for a roadtrip. kept me guessing!

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Another captivating book by John Marrs!

Every single book has been amazing. I’m guaranteed a great story and will pounce on anything Marrs has written. The ending was so unpredictable!

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  • cj
  • 2021-05-10

Hard to get through

If you’re in the mood for a thoroughly depressing read with no redeeming characters this is it. If returning this book were possible I would have. It’s about 3 hours too long, even when skipping pages. The jumping around of timelines makes it even harder to focus as it’s just one similar dreary chapter after another. Glad it’s done.

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Good, full of surprises, something missing

It was a great book. The reader was perfect! The book was good, there were a lot of twists, however, some better than others. It’s worth the read, not in my top 10 all the same.

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Chilling

This story is well written with fully developed characters. Excellent narrator! I listened late into the night!

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not happy

the book was great but the ending is not worth reading the entire book. disappointed

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  • Getshotzi
  • 2020-05-17

John Marrs does it again!!!!

Maggie and Nina take the complicated mother - daughter relationship to another level. The weight of their choices has its own gravitational pull and sucks in those who get to close with unmatched fury. John Marr unpacks his characters slowly, and doesn't mind if we don't like them because he'll ensure we understand them in the final act. If you like your novels to keep you guessing and aren't afraid of the darker side of human nature, you need to just read everything he's written. This is no exception. Brilliant narration as well!

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  • Kelly
  • 2020-05-16

Omg wow!!!

What did I just read? Creepy , lots of twists, some dark humor... Highly recommend. Really good narration too.

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  • Jan M
  • 2020-08-23

Not For Me!

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs did not deliver what I expected. I did not like the storyline of abuse, incest, and murder. The author was vivid in his imagery, some of it more graphic than I wanted. The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden performed the book quite well. She conveyed emotions effectively and were fitting of the scenes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-15

Don’t do it

Morbid. Not worth the listen. Disappointed I wasted a credit on this. This is the worst ever

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  • Christy
  • 2020-05-22

So engaging! What a rollercoaster of a story!!!

WHAT?! WHAT DID I JUST READ Y'ALL? >0<

I'm pretty sure this has been the most HORRIFIC, TWISTED, MIND-BENDING, ROLLER-COASTER OF A HELLRIDE I have read in 2020 [and probably in a long time!] Queue me grabbing my imaginary trophy about to crown this as my favorite thriller of the year..!

I don't even know how I can go about trying to review this without spoilers, so I definitely wanna tread carefully here 0.0 ...!

We have Nina and we have Maggie. Nina is Maggie's daughter, and they've been a family for forever. Nina is her mum's caretaker and works a 9-5 and comes home to tend to her. Not exactly the amazing life one might imagine for themselves, but you would do anything for your family.. wouldn't you?

But as they say, suburbia is a place full of many secrets... and the past has quite the way with rearing its ugly head. As we observe the daily lives of Maggie and Nina as the reader, it is up to us to discover.. what lies between them. *queue The Twilight Zone sound effects*

You do NOT wanna miss this one y'all! Fellow psych thriller fans REJOICE - this IS the one you have been WAITING FOR!

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 2020-06-08

Couldn’t Put It Down!!! So Good!!

NO SPOILERS! I love John Marrs books and they keep getting better. This book was very different and a true psychological thriller. The narration was phenomenal. The villains voice made me want to punch her in the face.. it’s that annoying.

This book had me engrossed and in the end left me completely satisfied. I highly recommend to anyone who likes domestic thrillers or psychological thrillers.

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  • Maya
  • 2020-07-21

Pathetic women

Both main characters are pathetic and the story is predictable. I made myself complete it because I rarely do not finish what I start.

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  • Melissa
  • 2020-06-04

Whoa!

If you really enjoy physiological thrillers, this is the book for you! I don't think I've ever read a book with more twists and turns than this one. The characters are so well developed. You will find yourself loving and hating them at different times, for different reasons. I highly recommend!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-17

Great

Loved that it kept me on my toes at all times, interesting story. At the beginning I thought I wasn't going to like it as I thought I had the book figured out but nope, took me by surprise.

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  • Kelly Wilson
  • 2020-05-28

Captivating!

What Lies Between Us is one of the most dark and compelling psychological thrillers I’ve read this year. The story is seriously so messed up told between two unreliable narrators. Who do you believe? Who shall you trust? The story is disturbing and told from two point of views within multiple timelines. POV from Maggie and Nina, between the past and the present. Confusing? No, not at all. John Marrs is seriously becoming one of my all time favorite authors! His storytelling abilities is out of this world!!! His writing is so addiction leaving me wanting more and more. I highly recommend this one!!

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  • Miren E. V.
  • 2020-08-23

Creepy, unsettling weird main character surprising end

I wanted to read something different to a romance and I love the voice of Elizabeth Knowelden so I decided to try this book, I have miss feelings about it, first of all the narrator doesn’t modify her voice with the different characters therefore it was confusing since although she mentioned Nina or Maggie at the beginning of each chapter, I wasn’t sure after a while of who was talking.
Then it was disturbing to hearing Nina’s disturb & twisted thoughts and that things never ceased to worsen...
I don’t know if I should recommend it or not