My thanks to Netgalley, Carina UK and Lisa Hall for my ARC of Between You and Me.
About the book:
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.
Between You And Me is Lisa Hall’s debut novel and to be honest, the way it’s written, I struggle to believe that as it’s so well written.
I started reading this on Tuesday night and got to 34% before I had to put it down to get some sleep. Before this though, I turned to my husband and said the following:
“This book, the one I’ve just started, it’s making me feel really uncomfortable”
Having finished it this evening (Wednesday) I stand by that description.
Between You And Me is that kind of book. The one that makes you feel like you’re there, you’re experiencing the emotions, the hurt, the pain.
It’s uncomfortable because some of it seems all too familiar, so maybe it has hit a nerve with me in some small way. One thing I can’t stand in relationships is control. You are your own person, not someone else’s puppet.
Domestic abuse, in any form, be it physical mental or emotional is despicable. I abhor the behaviour that takes place in this book. It makes me ever so slightly cross when I read about it. But unless you have lived it, you can’t understand it fully.
Lisa Hall has written an utterly captivating book. You know from the outset as the prologue hints to something, but the build up from start to finish is brilliant. It’s like when a piece of music starts off slowly and builds to its crescendo. Between You And Me is like that, only with words.
Sal and Charlie, for all intents and purposes, appear to have a perfect relationship. However, the truth is far more disturbing. Charlie has a high powered corporate job, while Sal stays home to take care of their daughter, Maggie. Sadly, the life they live is full of abuse.
I won’t go into the plot as I don’t want to give anything away. Sufficed to say, this book is one that will stay with me for a while due to the nature of the story. Many of my fellow bloggers who have also read it, have raved about the end of the book.
All I will say is well played Lisa Hall, well played…
I gave Between You And Me 4 stars on Goodreads. I would highly recommend it. It’s released on March 17th and you can preorder a copy by clicking HERE.
Happy reading! 🙂