Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
Trigger warning for: physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, implied child abuse
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.
Honestly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. It was /bad/, it just wasn’t good either. The writing was fine; nothing special, but not bad either. The characters were good for the most part. I thought the main characters (Sal, Charlie, and Laura) had lots of depth, but the side characters lacked a little. Charlie was such a frustrating character, and there were so many times I wanted to take them out of the book and hit them. I wish we got to see more of Sal’s family, but that’s part of Charlie’s manipulation.
The plot was interesting but also wasn’t anything special? Idk like it’s shocking but so slow. Sal’s POV mainly deals with the day-to-day life of taking care of their child, Maggie, and not upsetting Charlie. Charlie is a lawyer who’s client has a darker past than most clients. It didn’t really grip me and wasn’t that much of a page turner.
I did think the abuse wasn’t over-stylized or idealized or anything and it was realistic. Sal’s reactions and worries were realistic, and it was refreshing to read a book with realistic scenarios (not that I think it’s refreshing to read about abuse, just that the books I have read that have abuse in them almost glorified the abuse, or it was way over done).
The thing that every Goodreads review mentions is the ending, and I will say I was surprised by the twist and didn’t see it coming. SO MANY things make sense now, but I never would have guessed it. That’s why this book is 2.5 stars instead of 1. It made me rethink certain preconceptions I had, which is always a good thing. The book was written in such a way that you could probably guess the ending, and tbh there are a ton of giveaways, but it’s also not obvious, if that makes any sense? Like for example, there was one thing I was going to bring up as an inconsistency in the writing, but the ending explained it and it actually wasn’t an inconsistency.
Would I recommend the book just for the ending though? Maybe, depending on your mood. If you want a relatively quick read that’s still interesting enough, then this is a good one. If you’re not really into any of it, then I would skip it.
Overall, I don’t think I wasted my time reading this book, but I also wouldn’t read it again, if that makes sense.
Anyway, thanks for reading! Have you read this book? If so, let me know your thoughts!