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Publisher's Summary

ITW Thriller Award winner

International Book Awards winner

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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Critic Reviews

"[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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What listeners say about What Lies Between Us

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5 out of 5 stars
By Getshotzi on 05-17-20

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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71 people found this helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 08-23-20

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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68 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 05-16-20

Omg wow!!!

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

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62 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-15-20

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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52 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Christy on 05-22-20

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!

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50 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 06-08-20

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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43 people found this helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Maya on 07-21-20

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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31 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on 06-04-20

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-17-20

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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25 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly Wilson on 05-28-20

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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By Lily on 06-10-20

Can’t finish it

I might come back to it at some later date but oh boy it is grim.
Got about 2 hours from the end and couldn’t stand the darkness anymore.
If you want to read about somebody held captive in a room during lockdown...then go ahead, but it’s very depressing, even without lockdown it’s too much. The worst possible things that can happen to a person goes on here. Don’t think it will be a very happy ending either.
Just going to read something about birds singing and spring now or take an anti depressant. Wish I hadn’t wasted a credit on it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Murder Mystery Thriller Fan on 06-01-20

OMG - THAT OLD LADY VOICE ... ABANDON BOOK!

Love some of John Marrs books - adore Elizabeth Knowelden but oh dearie dear dear dear that old lady character voice made me abandon this book in seconds - nails on a blackboard - I could not stand to listen any longer - maybe one for me to read rather than listen to. What a shame.

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9 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew M on 05-21-20

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Billy on 05-27-20

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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5 out of 5 stars
By L O Musto on 08-29-21

A Survivor's Review

There are a lot of ways in which a person can be abused, or abusive. Having personally escaped a similar "locked room" abusive situation, I was intrigued to see how well the author would approach the subject. Very quickly the locked room aspect became the least of the abuses taking place and I found my sympathies shifting and changing, developing as the story itself developed.

I rarely leave reviews for books, if somebody has managed to write a novel, publish it and make a living at it, they don't need me to tell them they are doing well. In this case, I felt moved so powerfully, I had to say something. The reality of being imprisoned by somebody who claims to love you is something rarely experienced (though it does happen). Having "been there, done that", I'm in the perfect position to review Marrs' depiction of the situation. Has he done a good job? Oh yes! Of course, there are things which he hasn't included but since the captivity is the backbone of the story, it needed to be painted with broad strokes, which it was, with only a few close up details. The use of a bucket, instead of a toilet, being one such element, though in this case, it is frequently cleaned.
My only negative comment, with regard to the captivity, is that I felt it didn't fully capture the despair inherent in the situation. It may be that I am somewhat innured to that sort of situation but it seemed that the only reaction against the captivity was physical violence, there didn't appear to be much emotional or mental reaction.

Taking everything together, and after some time to consider, I would definitely recommend this book. There weren't any massive surprises (though there were a couple of "tail kinks", not quite twists but definitely bends) but the development of the story was sufficiently convoluted, that I was held riveted until the end. Just bear in mind, as you read it, that the captive character is only sharing a few of her feelings about that imprisonment.

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3 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Alexminnes on 05-26-20

Wow wow wow!

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dog Walker Sussex on 05-24-20

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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5 out of 5 stars
By EatSleepRugbyXV on 08-10-21

Where to start…

An absolutely superb psychological thriller by John Marrs. I read somewhere that this was going to be turned into a film. Well if so - even though I know what happens - I can’t wait!

The story of Nina and her mother Maggie is a must. I don’t want to write too much as I don’t want to spoil anything.

There are so many twists in this novel but it’s very easy to follow.

You must read this book if you like the genre or John Marrs. Highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gadgeteria on 04-30-21

Best Book Award

Oh my goodness! Brilliantly written, full of suspense and twists and the narrator is excellent.. definitely up for my best book award. Love the writing of John Marrs and have enjoyed others from him too..but with this one, don’t expect sunshine as it’s full of the dark side of the moon. Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona MacBain on 05-29-20

Outstanding

What a fabulous story and characters. Thrilling, chilling, astonishingly good entertainment. Highly recommend this excellent book. Very unusual!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra C on 12-04-20

Absolutely brilliant

Wow. Just WOW.
This is one of the most unputdownable books I've come across. Just when you think you know what's going on, the plot twists and sends you off in a completely different direction. I spent just about the entire length of it puzzling over who had done what to whom, who was the bad guy and who was the victim.
Elizabeth Knoweldon is possibly the most talented voice actor in audio books. Her narration was riveting and with her ability to switch between characters and their ages you'd be forgiven for thinking there were three different women telling the story.
Ten star narration for a ten star book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-15-20

Excellent

Wow, couldn’t turn this off, great book that keeps you eager to hear what happens next

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 05-30-20

OMG!

Wow! What an amazing plot!! My word! It sure kept me on the edge of my seat!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Nicole G on 09-15-21

Too predictable

I kept waiting for the supposed ‘twists and turns’ that other reviews gave, yet they were very lacklustre. I listened to the in in hope that the plot would take an unexpected turn, there was none. The performance was good, just very disappointed in the storyline.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-13-21

I'm exhausted! What a roller coaster of a story!!

Loved this!! Lots of twists and turns in this well narrated psychological thriller.
Psychological with the emphasis on the "psycho".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caz on 05-03-21

~ Wow! Un-put-downable - perfect performance too ~

Every now and then a book just grabs you and won't let go. That is this book. The back and forth narration between Maggie (Mother) and Nina (daughter) is amazingly performed and the underlying tension is palpable. Make sure you clear your schedule - you will want to pursue this to the heart-stopping finish and it won't disappoint.

I discovered this author after watching "The One" on Netflix, and I will be definitely be reading many more by John Marrs!

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2 out of 5 stars
By katie smith on 03-26-21

didn't like it

The first 5 hours board the crap out of me. I found the characters irritating. I was glad when it was finished so I could move on to something good.

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4 out of 5 stars
By AR Temis on 01-16-21

Gripping

Wow... talk about a dysfunctional family! This book takes you on a dark and thrilling journey as each chapter reveals more and more about Nina and Maggie, and their motives.
The only downside for me was that it was a little too predictable. Which would've been fine had there been a big climax at the end. I felt the ending was rushed and it didn't do the story, or its characters any justice.
On a side note, huge praise for the narrator who does a fantastic job switching between characters.
Overall a very good book that I would highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SarahMelissa82 on 09-21-20

What Lies Between Us...

This one certainly kept me interested from start to finish, was hard to put down. Just had to know what was going to happen next and the twists and turns that one took were great.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-15-20

loved it!

loved everything about this book, the characters the constant guessing of whos the crazy one. so well read

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