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What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

The Blurb:

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.

About John Marrs:

John Marrs is an author and former journalist based in London and Northamptonshire.

After spending his career interviewing celebrities from the worlds of television, film and music for numerous national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time author. What Lies Between Us is his seventh book. Follow him at, on Twitter @johnmarrs1, on Instagram and on Facebook at

My Review:

I'm no stranger to the works of John Marrs, so my expectations were good for 'What Lies Between Us', but I had not anticipated just how good. This is the story of the most f***ed up mother and daughter relationship that anyone could ever imagine. There are separate chapters for each of the main characters, written from their point of view, and so well written from a female angle, that it beggars belief that this was written by a man. Nina and her mother Maggie live in the same house, but Nina keeps her mother chained up, to punish her for what she has done. However, Nina does not know the full story, which turns out to be very convoluted indeed.

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