Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

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.

 

My thoughts:

 

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.

Wholeheartedly.

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! πŸ™‚

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris


Wow! Just wow! Every so often a book comes along that people rave about, and Behind Closed Doors is one of those books! I had seen an early buzz about it so I hopped on Netgalley, and thankfully I was approved!


About the book:

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.


My thoughts:Β 
How do I even begin?! This book. THIS BOOK!!!!!!!Β 

B. A. Paris has written a spectacular book. Behind Closed Doors is a lesson in domestic noir/thrillers.

Going between the present and the past with Grace Angel, Paris paints two very different pictures with chilling repercussions.

I had a feeling when I started reading that I wouldn’t want to stop, and I was right. I flew through this book, reading at every available moment!

I don’t want to spoil any of the plot, so as per usual, I won’t go into details! Sufficed to say, this book rattled me in so many ways. I felt pity, sadness, anger and so many other emotions during the course of this book.

I loved the way Paris created her characters. Initially, you are almost envious of Jack and Grace. Their lives seem perfect. Beautiful house, he’s a handsome, successful alpha male, affluent lifestyle and so on. However, when the veil of domestic bliss is pulled back, the envy turns to disgust.

Behind Closed Doors grabs you by the hands and throws you on an emotional roller coaster. So full of twists and turns that you can just about hold on, and just when you think it’s all over you’re propelled forward to a compelling conclusion.

I gave Behind Closed Doors 5⭐️ on Goodreads.

Amazing. Just effortlessly brilliant. πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–
****Update****

Since reading and posting my early thoughts, so many people have also read this book or pre-ordered it and I’m delighted it’s getting such a great reception as its thoroughly deserved!!

Behind Closed Doors is released today and you can purchase a copy HERE