Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ronnie Turner’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, and what an impressive debut it is! I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.
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 . . .
Dark. Disturbing. Gripping. Clever. Just some words that spring to mind when I think about this novel. Lies Between Us is a very impressive debut from Ronnie Turner. If you enjoy a strong mystery, you need to read this novel. When it comes to domestic thrillers, I really like the ‘missing child’ storyline, it’s one I can read about over and over, and I have read about it over and over! But, the way Turner portrayed it in this novel was unique; she managed to convey all the emotion of this storyline as you would find in a full-length novel where this is the only storyline, and masterly weave in two other storylines too!
Maisie’s storyline was my favourite, don’t ask me why, it just was, I guess I just found it the most intriguing. It wasn’t the darkest, Miller wins that award – whoever said children couldn’t be deranged, obsessive and disturbing as hell, clearly never met Miller. Now, where it gets tricky – the timeline of these three storylines does jump about a bit, but once the characters are cemented in your mind these jumps are easy to follow, without becoming muddled. And with any book with multiple timelines, you’re desperate to know just how/if these storylines will merge.
Lies Between Us is one of those books you stay thinking about once you’ve turned the last page, in fact you probably think deeper about it once you’ve finished it than while you were reading it. You let the brilliance of all that occurred sink in! And if you’re anything like me, you’ll message a friend who has read this book so you can talk about it, discuss what happened, what you thought you knew, confirm what you knew to be correct was actually correct – this is a fantastic choice for any book club!
The way everything came together in this novel was genius, really impressive! There was only one thing that bugged me, an instance where I thought the reader manipulation was a bit too extreme, to the point where I felt it backfired a bit, and rather than adding to the awe, it came across as trying too hard. But, as for the rest of the reader manipulation, I loved it, I loved the way my mind was toyed with, the lengths of the deception, how deep the truth was buried!
Let me not overlook how well written this novel was – the chilling tones Turner conveyed, the moments of love, pain, grief, all powerfully conveyed to the reader. It was this array of emotions that breathed life into this novel, and had you invested in it. Ronnie Turner is a new name in crime fiction, but with this novel, she has announced herself! I cannot wait to see what she writes next; Lies Between Us is a dark, disturbing, engaging, cleverly plotted psychological thriller that I highly recommend.
*My thanks to HQ Digital for providing me with a copy of this book, and Ronnie Turner for inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
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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