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- Publisher: Carina (13 Aug. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013J9XFIW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Lies Between Us Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
One of the astonishing features of the story was how vividly the two main periods in the book (1963 and 1987) are brought to life. In 1963 were beehive hairstyles, Butterick paper patterns and the Beatles and I for one can remember it as if it were yesterday. 1987 gave us Grange Hill, floppy discs and Maggie Thatcher. Also that year were the terrible gales and Michael Fish’s moment of infamy. All these come to life in the story. Even more than the fashions, the music, the politics and the news however, the author shows her complete awareness of the prevailing attitudes that permeated life at those times.
We meet Kathleen first in 1963; we meet her daughter Eva in 1987 and the story moves with ease between the two eras. The contrasts between the two lives are so vivid.
Although in many ways mother and daughter’s lives are almost parallel, the effects of the particular age in which each was born make their experiences and reactions to them profoundly different. To give more detail at this point would spoil the story for you so I hesitate to continue.
The book could almost be described as a piece of social history and can be enjoyed at this level. On another level it is a thoughtful, compassionate and sensitive observation of human dilemmas and tragedies and the fallout from these. As the title suggests it shows understanding of communications within families and why in some situations telling the truth is not thought to be wise.
It is a thoroughly good read with well described characters who come to life and seem as real as one’s neighbours
There were parallels in both parts of the story. Both women were involved with older men who their families didn't quite see as suitable. The theme of grief and loss is strong showing the far-reaching effects they have on several of characters (can't say more about who or what without spoilers!). Marian Dillon really captured the feelings of her characters and made me feel sympathetic towards Kathleen even when she was so awful to her family in the later part of the story. Although I have mostly focussed on Kathleen in this review, her daughter Eva was a strong character too. She seemed a very mature young woman, desperate to connect with her mother even though they had such a strained relationship.
My only criticism of this book is that I would have liked it to be a bit longer! The final two chapters jumped forward several years in time and I would have liked to know more about what had happened to the characters in the intervening years. Having said that, I thought that Marian Dillon concluded the book well, with a satisfying ending for all her characters. A well written story which I recommend to anyone who enjoys stories with strong characters and family secrets to be revealed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was introduced to this book by the author on The Good Housekeeping Book Room on Facebook as I am a member. Read morePublished 3 months ago by brownie
A nice easy read but with an anti-climax and underwhelming ending. I was surprised at the end - turning pages, convinced I'd missed something and there must be more.Published 8 months ago by W9WAD
An engrossing and enjoyable read. It is a tale of two strong women and how their relationship has been affected by a heartbreaking experience. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sheree Ferguson
Having read Marian Dillon’s first novel (‘Looking for Alex’) I was looking forward to the publication of ‘The Lies Between Us’, expecting an engaging, if gently paced narrative... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ms. K. P. Mitchell
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