Between You and Me – Lisa Hall
‘A gripping psychological thriller with a level of tension that will leave you breathless.’ – Tracy Book Lover
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.
VERDICT – 3/5 stars – OK but not great….
This was May’s choice as part of an online book club and one I approached with interest. The premise you can guess from the description is domestic abuse from an controlling partner which makes for uncomfortable reading at times and confronts some important but often shied away topics. But why only 3 stars I hear you cry!! *in my head that’s what you’re doing* Well, personally I thought there was a strange narrative which loses some of the depth of the characters and there is an over use of christian names which got irritating.
The good side is that it does challenge the readers preconceived assumptions when it comes to domestic abuse but overall it seemed to be a book that is more concerned with protecting the twist (which I thought was predictable by the end as there are clear hints throughout) which comes at the consequence of the narrative to the story.
Well written though in a simple straight forward style which gives it a lovely pace, this is a good solid read which once you get into it, keeps you turning the page – I easily read it in a few sittings – but somehow the narrative stopped me actively caring what happened to each of the central characters by the end.