Monday, 14 March 2016

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall - Blog Tour Review

Between You and Me
By Lisa Hall
Published by Carina (17 March 2016)

Publisher's description
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.

My verdict
Between You and Me is a fantastic book, but certainly not an easy one to review without giving away any spoilers. It's not always a comfortable read either because of the subject matter, but is definitely a book that MUST be read, especially if you're a fan of domestic noir.

Sal and Charlie appear to have the perfect marriage, but behind closed doors it's an entirely different scenario. As the book progresses, the tension builds up and the truth about their relationship bubbles slowly to the surface, leading to a dramatic finale.

This is an emotional book covering some serious complex underlying issues that are not always addressed in the public arena, and it will certainly get people talking. Not all of the characters are easy to like, but they are certainly very believable and help to get the reader right into the centre of the plot. I felt like I was living every moment of Sal and Charlie's marriage, as every little detail is vividly described. I could visualise it and even feel it in places.

Lisa Hall is an incredibly talented writer, with a plot that keeps you guessing, and is clearly the queen of twists, with a story that left me reeling. This is the first book I have HAD to read twice, certain I missed something crucial the first time round.

But there's far more to this book than any twists or turns. And you shouldn't be put off reading Between You and Me if someone has given away the story - it's an amazingly written novel provoking real emotions for the characters.

I look forward to reading more of Lisa Hall's books in the future - and can't wait to see what else she has in store.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Click here to read about Lisa Hall's inspiration for the book.

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