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The Lies Between Us

Author : Marian Dillon
Publisher: Carina UK
Published: 13 August 2015
Reviewed: 14 August 2015

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Copy kindly supplied by Carina UK in return for an honest review via NetGalley.

 

4 out of 5 stars

Every family has secrets … but some keep them better than others.

Eva has always felt like a disappointment in her mother’s eyes, but even more so now that she has failed her exams. She is working part-time while she studies for her resits, dreaming of when she can go to university, and get away from her family. Her mum, Kathleen, is drinking even more than usual these days, and the void between them is deepening.

They say you never get over your first love, and Kathleen knows that more than most. She met Rick when she was sixteen, and was swept away by his charm and charisma. But their romance stayed behind closed doors and, years on, Kathleen still bears the scars of what he put her through. And Eva has not been an easy child to love.

As Eva and Kathleen struggle to connect, will the very thing that drove them apart be the one thing that can finally bring them together?

Every family has secrets … but some keep them better than others.

Eva has always felt like a disappointment in her mother’s eyes, but even more so now that she has failed her exams. She is working part-time while she studies for her resits, dreaming of when she can go to university, and get away from her family.
Her mum, Kathleen, is drinking even more than usual these days, and the void between them is deepening. They say you never get over your first love, and Kathleen knows that more than most. She met Rick when she was sixteen, and was swept away by his charm and charisma.
But their romance stayed behind closed doors and, years on, Kathleen still bears the scars of what he put her through. And Eva has not been an easy child to love. As Eva and Kathleen struggle to connect, will the very thing that drove them apart be the one thing that can finally bring them together?
– See more at: http://www.carinauk.com/the-lies-between-us#sthash.lgcVTd1f.dpuf

Every family has secrets … but some keep them better than others.

Eva has always felt like a disappointment in her mother’s eyes, but even more so now that she has failed her exams. She is working part-time while she studies for her resits, dreaming of when she can go to university, and get away from her family.
Her mum, Kathleen, is drinking even more than usual these days, and the void between them is deepening. They say you never get over your first love, and Kathleen knows that more than most. She met Rick when she was sixteen, and was swept away by his charm and charisma.
But their romance stayed behind closed doors and, years on, Kathleen still bears the scars of what he put her through. And Eva has not been an easy child to love. As Eva and Kathleen struggle to connect, will the very thing that drove them apart be the one thing that can finally bring them together?
– See more at: http://www.carinauk.com/the-lies-between-us#sthash.lgcVTd1f.dpuf

The Lies Between Us introduces the reader to Eva in the 1980s, a strong young woman struggling to deal with her failings in exams, her mother who drinks far too much and her father who seems to be too easy going about it all.  But she knows she wants to get away from it all and leave it all behind.
The narrative then jumps to Kathleen in the 1960s,  again a young woman, who is excited about starting a new job, finding the beginnings of young love and enjoying the freedom that growing up brings.
As the story unfolds you see that Eva is the daughter of Kathleen and from Eva’s perspective her mother is cold, hard, distant and drinks far too much.  But only when you read the chapters narrated by Kathleen do you realise the reason behind this persona, the hardship she has endured, the life she has lived up to that point has all hardened her to her surroundings and made her the person she is today.  Kathleen tells how her life was turned upside down by loving an older man, the fall out from that relationship and how her life was never the same again. 

The overwhelming grief and loss featured in this book are very real to the reader, Kathleen’s grief does make you feel sorry for her and understand her problems and you start to think “if only she would tell someone”, she is not the only character affected by this theme, almost all characters encounter grief and loss in this book.  Without spoiling the book for anyone I won’t add who suffers or what their sufferance is.

I liked that the narrative jumped between mother and daughter, it added something “more” to the story, just as Eva bemoaned the situation, a chapter narrated by Kathleen would follow and you would begin to understand the behaviour that Eva could not fathom.
The book ends well, in so much as the reader is not left asking “what happens next?” it is neatly concluded, explanations are given, characters all seem to have a final moment and the whole things closes out neatly.
The characters are likable (on the whole), and it is easy to follow what’s happening, despite the 20 year time jumps between chapters.  The book is very well written, and I would say that Dillon writes the overarching grief theme incredibly well, so much so that you do times feel sorry for characters, you almost want to reach out to your own family afterwards, and I will admit that I did send my mother a message after reading this to tell her that I love her.  

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fiction, mystery, stories with strong characters or enjoys “women’s fiction”.

I would like to thank Carina UK for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published yesterday, 13th August 2015.  A copy can be purchased here The Lies Between Us (Kindle Version UK) and thank Marian you for a wonderfully enjoyable read! 

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