Between You and Me

A psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming
By: Lisa Hall
Narrated by: Jessica Ball
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (945 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Lisa Hall (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Hall packs a punch with this one and the ending left me gasping." ( For the Love of Books)
"A gripping psychological thriller with a level of tension that will leave you breathless." (Tracy Book Lover)
"It is disturbing and chilling. It feels very real. And a quick mention for that twist! I did not see that coming at all. I usually spot these things and I didn't! Clever! Very clever!" ( Northern Crime Reviews)

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Great, until the ending

I loved the book and had great expectations for how it would conclude, but I truly hated the ending.

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Never Mind the Twist - read it because it's good.

Within the first few minutes of listening to the well-narrated Between You and Me, the author makes these things very clear: 1) I am meant to know that Sal and Charlie's marriage is abusive- one partner suffers domestic violence at the other's hands; and 2) our androgynously-named partners are not "him" and "her" or "him and him" or "her and her"- they are, and shall remain, "Sal" and "Charlie." (Later, there will be an "Alex" inserted into the plot, but Alex will not be helpful, because Alex is also genderless).

I almost hit stop and delete. But I didn't. Because Lisa Hall has a way of writing simple, straightforward, punchy sentences that turn into thoughtful paragraphs that demonstrate exactly what is happening, let the reader feel the emotion, insert the pain and anger, or the triumph and the sense of such strong feeling for a character- that the reader moves with the story. You're just there. You are in the kitchen with Sal, you are in the office with Charlie. The story goes and moves and kills you and picks you up and makes you keep your wits about you because you need them, because you will experience some intense emotions from beginning to end. It is not maudlin, it is not overwrought, it is not a soap opera. You may think you know the twist, but you don't know all the twists.

The story is told from the points of view of Sal and Charlie back and forth throughout, in a contemporaneous manner that is very interesting to experience. There are some look-backs to show the history of the relationship, but no more than needed to demonstrate the points to the reader. Same as the rest of the book. The less-AS-more approach just really worked for me with this story.

In the end, I think Between You and Me was a great read. Certainly, suspense enough to satisfy, and psychologically a mindbender. This is a worthy, well-written book, and I recommend it.

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Shocker

Story is grueling you absolutely hate what is taking place. The ending is astonishing ...dont assume!

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Lame

“Big twist”? Hardly. Considering the book was marketed as having a big twist, it wasn’t that hard to figure out. I’m no rocket scientist but given how the narration went, I figured out what this so-called big twist was within the first chapter. Take that out of it and it’s just another book about a bad marriage. Nothing special.

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boring and predictable

They said there is a twist in the end but you pretty much figure it out by chapter 3 I didn't like this book at all.

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wow

The description says it all . I did not see that coming. feel like I have to listen again.

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Good until the end

I think they messed up on the ending... I was so confused.... there's no way I would be able to read this again, I already had to listen to the ending three times to figure out what and who they were talking about

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False Title (no spoilers)

This book was absolutely NOT a psychological thriller in any way, shape, or form. This is a story about an abusive relationship. It is told in alternating voices from both the husband's and wife's point of view. As for the "twist" at the end, frankly I didn't see it as a twist because it didn't affect the plot in any way. Very disappointing! This would be better characterized as "chick lit". Just a story of an abusive relationship. It's not a terrible book but I was looking for a thriller and this is NOT one.

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Ummmm, WOW!

This story, and especially this narration was very enjoyable, and WOW! I did NOT see that ending coming.

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Ugh, just skip it

The whole surprise wasn't a surprise at all. Just a boring dance around something I guessed in the first chapter

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  • Emma
  • 06-28-17

Great twist

Really enjoyed this book and didn't expect the ending, although at one point I did suspect something wasn't as it seemed. Agree that narrator could have varied voice a bit however without spoiling it for others I think it was best as it was.

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  • Caron
  • 07-15-17

Best twist ever

Loved this book and had me thinking about it long after I'd finished. Didn't see the twist coming at all. Jessica ball does a great job narrating too.

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  • oddproperty
  • 07-11-17

Great twist

Complicated issue dealt with extremely well by author. Did not see the twist at the end coming

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  • Claire Chilton
  • 07-02-17

Wow!!

Excellent book! I did not see that twist coming!! I almost feel the need to read it again to find any subtle hints.

Well read, well written and one of the best books I have read.

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  • Rebecca
  • 08-06-19

I didn't see that coming.

It's hard to review this audiobook without giving anything away. I recommend that you read/listen to it and hopefully you will learn a valuable lesson!

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  • M.certified
  • 06-01-19

Amazing!!!

Amazing book straight to the point doesn’t drag and incredible twist! Absolutely recommend to anyone

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  • jen
  • 05-12-19

Cleverly done.

Did not see the twist coming at all. Well written but could do with a more noticeable difference between the present and past time parts of the story when reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-19

Shocking, brutal, honest.

Blown away completely. Such a great book to listen to. Really enjoyed the split chapters from each perspective. Very clever.

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  • Hayley
  • 03-14-19

mindblown

AMAZING!! best book I've read in a long time! everyone needs to read this! mindblown

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-18

Wow.

absolutely loved it. nothing prepared me for the ending. Now to find some more from this writer

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  • DiscePati
  • 01-21-18

Clever

The transition to the twist was confusing. I thought it was being read wrong. Clever tho.

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  • Narelle
  • 11-16-17

Fantastic Read

Best book I have read for 2018 ! Never saw the ending coming. Loved it