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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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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.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 07-13-17

wow

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very good.,but the twist was easy!

I loved the booked but..,the big twist was so easy to identify within the first chapter. Great booked however!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Shocker

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing until the end

I was captivated by this book. I loved the storyline, the performance, the structure of how it flipped from perspective, but 2 chapters before the end, they story flipped... the husband suddenly became the wife and vice Versa. I was so confused. Totally ruined the book for me. Aside from that, the book was amazing. Now I can't even recommend it. Feeling like a just broke up with someone haha. It was great while it lasted and then without warning, it went wrong.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Talk About A Twist!!

Wow! Holy smokes, I was totally shocked. Excellent way to twist Lisa Hall!!! (Clapping hands!!!!!)

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Excellent Book!!

This book was well written I was on edge with every chapter and the ending was a complete shock. This book was well worth the credit I would highly recommend it and I really enjoyed this authors writing. Anyone in a relationship that's dealing with this sort of subject matter should read this and know that they're not alone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Not great

Started off pretty good, but become a bit dull in the middle and the "suspenseful twist" at the end was pretty disappointing. When thinking back throughout the book, the ending just didn't come together very well and it made Sal look pretty pathetic and weak. I actually found the twist pretty irrelevant. Glad it only cost $6.

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Will Catch You Off-Guard...BUT YOU WILL LOVE IT!

I was really impressed with this story. I haven't really heard of it, but it popped up as a recommendation based on past reads through Audible, so I grabbed it up and was pleasantly surprised with how great it was!

Sometimes I have a hard time following non-American narrators, but had no problem at all with Jessica Ball.

At first I thought I was confused on which character was which, but I just thought that I wasn't paying that close attention to it, but as I continued to listen, I thought I figured it out, but let me tell you that the ending totally threw me for a loop.

Overall, I was impressed and so glad that Audible convinced me to pick this title up!

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian Stephen
  • 09-11-17

Glaringly Obvious Ending From Chapter 1

What disappointed you about Between You and Me?

Persevered to the bitter end. After the hype promising a 'twist you won't see coming' I just couldn't believe it would be so totally obvious from the beginning. Not sure about it being a thriller either.

Any additional comments?

Disappointing

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-17

WOW

Incredible story! Please buy this! Very cleverly written with an excellent plot twist that is impossible to detect until the last second.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

Wow didn't see that happening

A real twist at the end concluded a fantastic story. I emphasised with the main character - well I thought I did. Can't recommend this book enough

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-17

wow just wow! Highly recommended

Couldn't put this down it was so good I listened to it within a week! Very well written and narrated I felt for the characters. I highly recommend this book love the twist very cleverly done

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • caroline
  • 10-15-17

Story very good. Ending unconvincing

I found the story to be brilliant account of control and domestic violence within a marriage . It was a page turner and gripping. However the twist at the end was unconvincing and spoiled it for me . I have therefore given it 4 rather than 5 stars which I think it would have deserved but for the unnecessary and unconvincing twist at the end

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  • Snowdrop
  • 10-12-17

Well I saw it coming from Chapter One, but ...

Spoiler alert - I can't see how anyone would no,t realise what was happening. The way it was written in third party etc. However, a very, very good book. Some of the scenes are somewhat graphic, so not for the faint-hearted. Enjoyed it very uch.

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