Let there be no lies between us. It is scary to be one of the first stops in a blog tour. It is even scarier to review a book written by a fellow blogger.
The day has come. I am proud and excited to talk about Lies Between Us by the wonderful Ronnie Turner!!!
I would like to thank our wonderful friend Ronnie and HQ Digital for providing me with a copy of the novel. This review is unbiased.
Title: Lies Between Us
Author: Ronnie Turner
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
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 . . .
A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.
I had agreed to read this novel before I even had a look at the blurb. Risky? Not really. When you meet a book blogger online, you get a good idea of their taste according to their reviews and I knew Ronnie and I were fond of similar books…
The only thing I hadn’t taken into consideration was that as a blogger herself, Ronnie had the key to create the perfect crime novel, knowing exactly what us blood lovers would look for. And imagine one of the best and most intricate plots I have ever read, she did indeed!
I enjoy multiple POVs but Ronnie Turner messed with my head with those unique voices taking me up and down an emotional elevator. It took me some time to get used to Miller. I just couldn’t get into his head. John pulled at my heartstrings. Maisie won my heart. But I couldn’t figure out a link between those very different lives. I imagined myself looking under every word for a clue, like a detective moves pillows or crouches under a bed in search of something to help them find a lead. The characterization of parents, a nurse, a very special boy… every protagonist played their role perfectly and I never sensed boredom or repetition creep in. Instead, questions kept slapping me in the face as I was going from one chapter to another, one period to another, one name to another, holding on to what I was reading to discover which threads would take me to the end. I empathized, I ‘tututut’ed, I disagreed, I felt my heart break. Ronnie Turner uses the entire range of emotions to ratchet up tension until you’re begging for … well, for more, in my case.
Tension must be delivered in a certain way. Ronnie Turner’s writing is sharp when required, soft if necessary, and most of all, always spot-on. Lies Between Us possesses a powerful and utterly gripping narrative and I was completely and absolutely surprised and in love with the author’s skillful prose. I wasn’t reading, I was living three lives. I was breathing the pages. Ronnie, your way with words is priceless.
Tension is not all that a psychological thriller needs. A strong plot to support it is a must. And a strong plot is a euphemism for what Lies Between Us holds. Dive into the novel with as little info about what happens in it as possible! I admit I was confused during almost up to the halfway mark. But good-confused! So much happens – nothing seemingly related – and yet one thing is told after the other in an outstanding choreography that takes your breath and your mind far away. In the past, in the deepest of secrets, in the unsettling places you wander with a fright in the body and a chill in the pace. Ronnie Turner doesn’t let any stone unturned and offers a compelling web that your brain will love to pick at until the naked truth appears.
I had my doubts about the link between all narratives around 70% into the book. I was proved right, but it didn’t make me happy! I am seriously wondering how the lovely Ronnie Turner came up with such a brilliant but dark story!!!! Should I be worried??? Truth be told, I’ll worry if I’m told I won’t get more of this fantastic noir psychological dish!
Lies Between us is an astonishing debut, an utterly fascinating and masterfully delivered tale of darkness and secrets.
Grab your e-copy now!
And because a wonderful read deserves a worthy blog tour, take a look at all the people who are going to talk about Lies Between Us in the next days!!!!
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.