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A Life Between Us by [Walters, Louise]
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Louise carefully weaves a tale of family secrets and effortlessly spans decades in this cleverly crafted story. --Louise Jensen, author of The Sister and The Gift

About the Author

Louise Walters lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and five children. Louise's debut novel, Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase (Hodder, 2014), was translated into 15 languages. A Life Between Us is her second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (26 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XVWVKLJ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase so I was delighted to see another novel from Louise Walters - and this is even better. The story of Tina and her twin sister Meg, it explores the fallout from one terrible, misguided action, and an act of pure spite. It cuts between the 1960s, 70s and the present day with great skill. I noticed that the author is now self-publishing, and had expected bad editing, but this book has been professionally edited and thoroughly with not a typo or continuity error in sight. The characters are well-rounded and memorable. Really, really good. I highly recommend.
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Having absolutely loved Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase, I’ve been eagerly waiting for another book from Louise Walters. A Life Between Us certainly did not disappoint. I read it almost in one sitting, so gripped was I by the characters, the beautiful writing, and the web of secrets at the book’s heart. This is a wonderful novel, set in present day and back in the fifties, sixties and seventies, with both storylines equally – and completely – compelling. I so enjoyed the sense of time and place that’s created, and was utterly transported. I also found the plot and writing wonderfully haunting.

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.
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A Life Between Us is the story of how losing her twin has affected the whole of Tina's life and about how secrets within families can eat you up. We have two time frames: one is 2014 in which Tina and her husband, Keaton (by the way, what a fab name!) are going about their everyday life. Tina has never been able to come to terms with Meg's death at the age of eight. Keaton loves Tina dearly but temptation is coming his way and Tina's strange behaviour is pushing him closer towards it. And we also have the sections in the past: mean Lucia's story and then the long, hot summer of 1976, that summer when Tina and Meg are eight and we know disaster is coming.

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!
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A Life Between Us is the story of how losing her twin has affected the whole of Tina's life and about how secrets within families can eat you up. We have two time frames: one is 2014 in which Tina and her husband, Keaton (by the way, what a fab name!) are going about their everyday life. Tina has never been able to come to terms with Meg's death at the age of eight. Keaton loves Tina dearly but temptation is coming his way and Tina's strange behaviour is pushing him closer towards it. And we also have the sections in the past: mean Lucia's story and then the long, hot summer of 1976, that summer when Tina and Meg are eight and we know disaster is coming.

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!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a mixture of all my favourite kinds of novels. It is a family saga, a domestic noir, a story about marriage and parenting, a story about siblings, a story about lies, deception, truth and revelations. It is part psychological thriller and part drama, partly the character's emotional journey towards realisation and acceptance and partly a chilling and gripping page turner. It felt like a long read but in the most delightful way because I didn't really want it to end. It was a treat to really immerse myself in the world of the characters and watch the stories unravel, twist themselves around each other into knots and then eventually weave themselves together into a very satisfying conclusion.

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!
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