Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

13th July 2016

What the publisher says:

They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened…

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

 

What I say:

 

This book was marketed as a psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming and I have to admit that that was some of my motivation for reading it as I love to watch TV dramas and shout out the plot before the show gets there, much to the annoyance of those around me.  The book tells the story of Charlie and Sal who are married with a small daughter.  The story switches back and forth and tells the viewpoint of each of them in turn, usually their own interpretation of the same events.  Their marriage is marred by domestic violence and the author actually does a great job in showing the workings of the mind of both the victim and the perpetrator.  I can only imagine that she has done a fair bit of research into this as to me it seemed completely authentic from both points of view.  As for the twist at the end…well I didn’t see it coming and in fact it caught me out so completely that I had to go back and read a few pages to check that I had understood what was happening.  In the end I was so gripped by this book that I finished it within days

 

All in all this is what it says on the tin..  a psychological thriller with a twist, highly recommended.

 

Rating 5 out of 5

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