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Top Customer Reviews
This story is packed with so much: fascinating, complex characters; page-turning mystery; brilliant writing that stays with you long after you finish the last page. I urge anyone who loves curling up with a great, lose-yourself book to read it, and already can’t wait for the next book by this author.
Louise Walters has a really charming writing style. She deals with key issues of grief, loss and disappointment so well. In the interview at the back of the book she talks about trying to put a twist into her writing but finding that that is not something she excels at. And isn't that refreshing at the moment? A straight up and down story with no big reveals, just a really well put together narrative where events unfold as we read them.
There are characters to really care about in this book. I really took to Keaton and Edward in particular, and I did also like Tina and her friend, Kath. Lucia was the villain of the piece and her dissatisfaction with life and everything in it was palpable. She was a character I loved to hate!
I'd previously read Louise Walters' first book, Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase, which I enjoyed, but I enjoyed A Life Between Us more. It's a brave foray into self-publishing for the author which I believe will pay off. It's an excellent read. I love to read about families and how they interact with each other and deal with life's trials and tribulations and this is the perfect book to showcase that. The different time frames work well as a vehicle for revealing the story and it all came together beautifully at the end. I loved it!
The story is told by two different narrators and two different time lines. We meet Tina whose story takes place in the present and then we have Lucia whose story takes place in the past. Interspersed between these chapters are letters written by a young Tina. The changing narratives are very easy to follow and to keep track of as not only are the voices very distinctive and clear, but the chapters are labelled with the dates and characters speaking. Although there are lots of characters in the novel who appear throughout both story lines, it is not at all confusing and actually hugely engaging as the reader sees how the two story lines begin to impact on each other and how they are all intrinsically linked.
I would describe this book as a thriller but Walters does not set out to shock, deceive or surprise us. The relationships and situations are clearly laid out at the beginning so the reader begins with a very firm understanding of the premise. But, even though this is not a book about hidden twists and shocks, it kind of still is!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable novel! I don't usually like a story that alternates between past and present, but it did work well in this instance. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jeanette
A Life Between Us by Louise Walters has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.
"What a brilliant and very complex story. Read more
We do not do much reading. However this book stood out to us after reading the reviews on Amazon. I must say, we were not disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. T. Tack
A superb read once I started I had to keep reading until the end, hard to put down. I great follow up to Mrs. Sinclairs Suitcase.Published 1 month ago by Mr Colin E J Walters
A fabulous book from a very talented author. If you enjoyed Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase you will love this book!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I came to the second novel by Louise Walters with some anticipation, having enjoyed her debut Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SusanEBarsby
We start this family intrigue drama in 2014 with the packing up of a large family home and then drift between 1963 and 1976 and back to 2014 alternately. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Tilling
This was a very intriguing book that looked very innocent from the cover but contained a darkness inside that I could never have imagined. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Ryles
A spectacularly good book. The first thing I did after reading it was download Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase. Five stars plus.Published 2 months ago by Linda