Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

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Here is the review of What Lies Between Us by John Marrs. This thriller was released on May 15, 2020.

Why I Chose This Book: I want to read more thriller books this year. So I have been looking for exciting authors. So when this book was available on Everand, I decided to listen to it. 


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.


Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 27 minutes

Audiobook Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden

My Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts

I absolutely enjoyed reading What Lies Between Us. The premise of the novel, two women who share a house full of secrets, was really intriguing, and the book definitely didn’t disappoint. Though the story starts off slowly, the suspense gradually builds, leading to unexpected twists and revelations.

Marrs’ ability to maintain suspense with only two main characters is incredible. I have been reading quite a few thrillers recently, but definitely not like this one. All the twists were saved for the last chapters, and it was definitely an unexpected blast at the end.

The shifting perspectives and unreliable narration kept me questioning who to trust. In summary, What Lies Between Us is a captivating psychological thriller with complex characters and a gripping plot. Marrs’ storytelling is skilful. A must-read for thriller suspense lovers. This was my first John Marrs book, and I am really excited to read more of his novels.

Trigger Warnings : 

murder, pedophilia, kidnapping, drug use, miscarriage, death of a parent, imprisonment, mental health issues.

Do I Recommend This Book?

I really enjoyed this thriller, so I would definitely suggest giving it a try. But do keep in mind, these are some creepy and disturbing themes in the book. Also, I highly recommend the audio version of the book. I listened it on Everand.


What To Read After:

  • Verity by Colleen Hoover A seriously creepy and disturbing thriller just like What Lies Between Us. Although the plot is quite different, I find a lot of similarities such as messed-up minds, tangled secrets, and unreliable narrators.
  • Ward D by Freida McFadden. Like What Lies Between Us, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, exploring how people deal with their baggage and the messy dynamics of relationships, all set in a confined space.

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