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What Lies Between Us

Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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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.

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Chubby Checker would be pleased...

... by the twisted journey this book takes you on. I know John Marrs previous books have led us through Twistville and this one is no different. However, this one differs in that the story changes how you feel about the lead characters to such a point you just don't know what they are capable of next. The deceptive story climbs and climbs until you think you've reached the peak, only to find another, final twist (have I said twist enough?).
I only have praise for this tale. Written from the perspective of our leads, John at times leaves us heart wrenching for their plight, and at times wondering what despicable act will come next. Very clever, wickedly dark and at times shock inducing.
As this is Audible, I should mention the narrator. She has done a fantastic job, nailing the tone of the characters and adding to the sense that all is not right with them.

Overall, if you hadn't guessed, I loved this. Top drawer thriller from an elite writer. He must have a cold alter ego! Just joking, John!

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The best book of the year!!

I have read a previous book this author passengers, which I also found an excellent read. This book though has to be the best book of 2020 so far so full of twists and turns so many well-defined characters the narration is absolutely superb and the definition between the voices is excellent, throughout the book you care about the characters even as the book becomes darker and darker and darker. I find myself not being able to stop listening while still trying to figure what was going to happen next.

This book keeps you guessing right until the very last page and the twists that happen throughout this book are not predictable and you do not see them coming and when they happen they hit you like a freight train which in turn encourages you to push forward just one more chapter and then another and then another and the next thing you know it's 2 AM and you have work in the morning!!

What I also liked about this book is that both characters deliver moral dilemmas and you yourself are torn for both the main characters fates and circumstances. If you have never read any of John Marrs books before Please do You won't be disappointed!! It will have you on the edge of your seat right until the last chapter and each twist will have you reeling in disbelief estimation mark I love this book and it will take me awhile to recover…

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A great story and easy to follow.. but...

I love John Marrs's books and I've listened to all of them, my absolute favourite being The One which is easily on list of top 5 audiobooks. I don't wish to be unkind and I hope this comes across as constructive criticism, but Elizabeth Knowledon's reading really irritates me. She has a lovely voice, carries the story well, but her habit of being over dramatic in each sentence really throws it off. In a perfectly ordinary sentence she puts such dramatic emphasis on certain words and it bugs the hell out of me. like on a comedy show if someone is reading a dramatic poem and it just sounds wrong. Maggie WALKED up the DARK steps WONDERING if she should SAY something. Every single sentence. Admittedly, she did stop doing this around half way through the book so maybe one of the producers asked her to tone it down. Other than that, shes a brilliant narrator, and the narrator of a book is such a huge part of the experience- I almost returned the book but I'm glad I didn't because it did get much better.

The story is brilliant, John Marrs is brilliant at bringing each interwoven story together with characters you couldn't put together until he reveals why, and how.

It's a great book and done really well if you can ignore the dramatics in the first half, again I'm not trying to be unkind about the narrator, she really has a lovely voice and reads beautifully, it's just a habit I can't ignore.




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Wow wow wow!

Had to pull an all-nighter for this one, absolutely gripped from the start! Wow

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Phenomenal

Yet another incr2dible listen from John Mars. Gripping and thrilling throughout!! This has to be my favourite book so far!

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A Real Psychological Thriller

Best thriller I've listened to in a long while and the narrator kept me gripped with the tension.

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Ever changing

In this original, sometimes difficult to believe, yet always entertaining story, a love love-hate relationship between mother and daughter leaves the reader to question who the baddy is. A series of horrors opens up and one can’t help wondering who is worse?

Nicely read

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Evil lives inside her

A book that will bring you nightmares and sympathy in equal measures... until the end washes away any sympathy you had...

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Marrs does it again

An enthralling book that only John Marrs can write. The story weaves a web that just throws you continuously. This is so satisfying and keeps you shaking your head when thrown another curve ball. Brilliant book from a supremely talented author. The narration fits the story perfectly.

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I wanted to love it but...

so "the one" is my all time favourite book, loved "the good samaritan" "when you disappeared" traumatized me and il never forgot it. I wasny a lover of "the passengers" and unfortunately this falls in the same bracket for me. The narrator did a amazing job so no problem there. the story was good I did like the twists and turns a lot and yes I think the ending was the best thing that could of happened. all this book needed was one more chapter (5 years later...) or something similar it would of tied it together much better to hear a small snippet from just a few weeks/months/years down the line. I really did enjoy the majority of this book , I was never bored and I loved the characters but I just needed more from the ending.

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  • Schrodingersdeadcat
  • 16-05-20

Omg wow!!!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-20

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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  • Getshotzi
  • 17-05-20

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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  • Feviegirl
  • 29-05-20

Mothers and Daughters

If you're looking for a warm and fuzzy story about mother/daughter relationships, this is not it. Basically, mom covers up for her obviously deranged teen daughter, and teen doesn't "snap out" of her mental illness as she gets older. Chaos ensues. I found it harder to sympathize with Maggie as the book went on, because she was ultimately to blame for the situation. Lesson here: if your daughter is insane, take her for treatment. Don't bury her secrets in the garden. PS..did no one miss Dad at all? Co-workers, friends, etc? That was a bit sketchy. Excellent narration by Elizabeth Knowelden. She does a great job with the dual characters. All in all, an dark, entertaining read.

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  • Kelly Wilson
  • 28-05-20

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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  • QiQi
  • 27-05-20

WHOOOOOOOOA!!!

Remember Whatever Happened to Baby Jane??? OMG -- this should have been a movie too!!!

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  • SD BC
  • 24-05-20

WOW

This audio book wasn't an easy listen but it grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go. I listened to it in two days and am still thinking about it days later.

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  • Beatrice
  • 23-05-20

Dark and twisted

Once again, John Marrs has broken my mind. What Lies Between Us is dark and suspenseful with a lot of twists and turns. It is well worth the credit. The narration is perfect! Elizabeth Knowelden did a great job.

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  • SM
  • 22-05-20

Almost great

I found it hard to believe that Elsie wouldn’t have been more involved or that the police would have only been by once.
I deliciously love a character that’s unapologetically a bastard and this story does deliver. However I thought there should have been more of an explanation/resolution.

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  • Christy
  • 22-05-20

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!