“The past is always watching . . .
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 . . .”
It is my long-awaited turn on the blog tour for Lies Between Us by my fellow book blogger, Ronnie Turner. I am so excited to be taking part, so huge thanks to Ronnie and to the team at HQDigital for inviting me to take part, and for my copy of the book via NetGalley, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
Aargh! This book has totally messed with me, head, heart and soul! I read it in a single day and barely took a breath from beginning to end. There, Ronnie Turner, you literally took my breath away with your writing. I cannot believe this is your debut novel, it is astounding.
This is a psychological thriller with a difference, and the difference is the standard of the writing. Really, I am kind of at a loss for words and, for anyone who reads my ramblings with any regularity, you will know this is a rarity. Just hold on a minute while I try and find some that adequately describe this book..
Okay, I’m going to have a go at summing up why this book is such a stand out read. Firstly, the plotting is so clever. I honestly had absolutely no idea how the thing slotted together until probably the final 20% of the book where I felt like I might have an inkling. It is really cleverly done. The story is told through three voices – John, Miller and Maisie. Miller’s voice is speaking from 24 years ago, John’s from the end of 2015 and Maisie’s from six months later. Each voice is individual and distinct and perfectly pitched for the character. The connection between the three time lines is not evident at all, so you have to hunt for clues to work it out and it turns out I was totally rubbish at this. I thought I had it sussed early on, then I totally changed my mind, then I turned out to be completely wrong anyway. The plot and writing were so convoluted, it was like being in one of those Hall of Mirrors at the fun fair – everything is twisted and distorted so much that you can’t work out what goes where and which way is up.
The characterisations are brilliant. Ronnie takes us right inside the minds and hearts of the characters so completely that we can FEEL what it is like to be them at each point. When one of these characters is a very twisted individual, this is quite disturbing and made me a little concerned as to what goes on in the dark recesses of Ronnie’s mind when she is not being utterly delightful on Twitter! People have hidden depths, I tell you. I was blown away by the range and understanding of emotion that she imbues the characters with, and how vividly these are brought to life in the book. I was living this story with them, tense stomach, heart in my mouth, pulse pounding at times. I could not put this book down.
On top of this, and what makes this book stand out for me from the herd, is the beauty of the prose. Really, some of the language and imagery used in the book is like poetry, and really quite unexpected in a book of this genre. It is really obvious that this is an author who loves to read and has absorbed and incorporated the best of the writing she has read over the years into her own work. This book is really accomplished – as an aspiring writer I am in awe and ever-so-slightly jealous of the talent on display here.
This book had me sighing with pleasure at the end, even as I let out the tense breath I had been holding for the previous four hours. What a treat.
The Lies Between Us is out now and you can order your copy here.
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About the Author
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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