Just Between Us – Review
by: Rebecca Drake
Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.
Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.
Just Between Us – Review
A gripping psychological thriller surrounding four mothers in suburbia. A cover-up so compelling it makes you think twice.
This is a hard one for me to review; I definitely have mixed feelings. It took me a while to actually get submerged into this world crafted by Drake. Y’all know I love duel POVs. But four? It felt like it was a little hard to grasp. I liked each of the perspectives, but sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who. I would pick it up, read a chapter or two, and put it down. When I picked it back up again, I had to go back a few pages to remember what POV I was reading last. Or I would be reading and be like wait, I thought I was reading this person when really it was someone else. So then I had to go back and figure it out all over again. The POV changed in every chapter. I think it would have been a little better with only three POVs, or maybe even two.
Now, onto the good stuff. I loved the premise of this book. Honestly, I think it’s what kept me going. I had to find out where all of this was heading. It made me question how well I know my best friends. But it also made me question how much did I know about their relationships. We only know what we’re told; we have no idea what happens behind closed doors.
Drake’s writing is spectacular and she kept me turning the pages, although it was a slow read for me. Even though the POVs were confusing at times, I was definitely invested and I had to see it through to the end. This novel holds tons of domestic suspense, and you become captivated by their secrets, even though you don’t have a favorite character.
Overall, this was an interesting read. While I would have liked to see a few things differently, this is a book I was glad to have read.
About Rebecca Drake
Rebecca Drake is the author of the novels Don’t Be Afraid, The Next Killing, The Dead Place, which was an IMBA bestseller, and Only Ever You, as well as the short story “Loaded,” which was featured in Pittsburgh Noir. A graduate of Penn State University and former journalist, she is currently an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program. Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two children.
- January 12, 2018
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