“Will they ever learn the truth?
Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .
John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.
Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.
Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.
They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .
A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.”
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on the Lies Between Us blog tour (‘epic’ blog tour, I should say!). Lies Between Us is Ronnie Turner’s debut and oh my, what a debut it is! Published by HQ Digital at the start of October, Lies Between Us is available to purchase in eBook and audio formats NOW!
Full disclaimer here, Ronnie Turner is not only a fabulous debut author she’s also a fabulous book blogger who I consider to be a friend via my book blogging circles. That, however, has not influenced this review at all. I may have been a little more excited to read the book, what with knowing the author, but that’s where it ends. And I WAS excited, really really excited.
What a book! What an emotive, chilling read. I became totally engrossed in it. Many of you will know that I am mummy to two small people. My daughter is around the age of Bonnie in Lies Between Us which makes what happened to her all the more horrifying for me. Turner’s writing made me want to hold my children tighter at night to keep them safe from the world. It made me want to relish every single moment I spend with them and it made me realise how utterly grateful I am that they are safe. The despair emanating from the pages as the reader experiences John’s hopelessness and fear for missing daughter, Bonnie, was palpable. I really couldn’t believe I was reading a debut!
I like a darker feel to my novels, it’s true. I’m often left disappointed though as what I want from a novel and what others want is quite different. I want authors to push it that extra notch and make their characters so despicable they make my flesh crawl (I may be in the minority on this one though). Turner has created a character that surpassed all expectations. Miller. Miller made my skin crawl and called out to my black heart. He is so unlikable that I actually loved him! By far the stand out character of the book for me and one that will stay in my mind for a long time to come. The story is told from three separate points of view; John, Maisie – an ICU nurse and Miller. The Miller chapters were my favourite and I looked forward to reading them more than the other characters. He made me feel so uncomfortable, and I loved it!
I’m sorry to say there is a ‘but’ though. I was really enjoying this book until I got to the end of the story. When I reached the end all I felt was confusion. I had my suspicions throughout but even with this in mind, the ending felt odd. I would have like a little more explanation. Maybe I missed something obvious (it’s very possible). The following morning after finishing the book I was still chewing the ending over, trying to put the pieces in the right order and come up with something that worked for me. But I’ve failed. I can’t get my 40-year-old brain to fathom this one out, sorry Ronnie.
Would I recommend this book? I would. As debuts go it’s really rather outstanding. I absolutely loved 95% of this book (it’s just the ending which has thrown it a little for me). It’s full of raw emotion and so deliciously chilling. If you love to hate characters then Miller is the boy for you! Brilliantly creepy, I would pick up another book by Ronnie Turner without a second thought!
Four out of five stars.
Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner was published in the UK by HQ Digital on 1st October 2018 and is available on eBook and audio formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | Goodreads |
Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.
Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.
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