Book Review of “Between You and Me” by Lisa Hall

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‘A gripping psychological thriller with a level of tension that will leave you breathless.’

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. (From Amazon) I am going to rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

I like to check Amazon, almost on a daily basis and add books to my wish list. I added this book months ago. When my husband gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, this is the first book I could think of buying. When I went to add it to my cart, it was out of print. I tracked down the author on Instagram, (who is so incredibly nice by the way) and she contacted her publisher, and told me the only place selling her physical book in the U.S. is Amazon,  so if they ran out of stock, it could be awhile before they ordered more from the U.K. I  looked all over and was going to order it from Waterstones, but it was going to be $22 in shipping, and I couldn’t justify spending that much. However a week later, I found a 3rd party seller on Amazon selling it for $8, I scooped it right up, and waited the 3 long weeks it took to ship it, I got the book 3 days ago. And finished it last night.

Now as I said in a previous post, Domestic Violence is not something I generally care to read about. But the synopsis, and the promise of “A twist you don’t see coming” reeled me in. I had to read this book. I figured the plot twist wouldn’t wow me, and it would be like many other books. Holy Smokes, the plot twist absolutely floored me, I sat there for a few moments, flipped back a few pages, reread it 3 times, and I was absolutely blown away.

This book is Written from both Sal’s and Charlie’s POV, some of the chapters are based on the same events, just from the others view-point. I think Lisa, did a fantastic job with portraying the abuser and the abused.  Showing how each feels justified in their actions. Why the abuser feels its okay to behave in such a way, and why the abused decides to stay. She wrote about a very sensitive subject, and in my opinion, she did a great job. Lisa Hall has her second book available to pre-order. I am pretty excited, as it sounds very good.

I want to add, this book seems to be a love it or hate it, I can see that from looking at the reviews on Amazon. I fall into the love it category, and I hope you do too. But if not, thanks for at least reading my review, and checking out the book.

Do any of you have subjects you refuse to read about?

“when a slap almost feels like a reward – and I’m thankful that it wasn’t something worse, that”
Lisa Hall, Between You and Me