What would you be willing to do in order to help a friend?
Alison, Sarah, Julie, and Heather have children attending the same school, and it wasn’t long before the four moms became friends, regularly meeting for coffee after they drop their kids of at school. Alison is concerned when she notices a bruise on Heather’s wrist, even more so after Heather hastily covers it and swears it’s nothing. When it becomes evident that Heather’s husband is abusive towards her, the women try to talk Heather into leaving, but she refuses. Her friends worry that Heather’s husband might kill her, given the signs of increasing violence, but Heather isn’t the one who ends up dead—and when she finally asked for help, it’s not the sort of request any of her friends ever expected to receive.
What I Liked:
The entire premise of this book was fascinating to me; basically taking the hypothetical question about what you’d be willing to do for your friends, and forcing the issue with a set of circumstances that demand immediate action without time to consider the consequences. The situation in the book is an extreme one, to be sure, but I think everyone can identify with being put on the spot by a friend who needs something immediately. You do (or don’t do) something in that moment, and don’t have a chance to think about consequences until later, and then you worry over whether or not you did the right thing. That being said, it was extremely easy for me to go along with the plot. I had no problem understanding why the women chose to do what they did, or why they worried themselves sick over it later.
The story is told from the perspective of each woman, and I liked having insight into each woman’s private thoughts on things, as well as their feelings about one another. The events of that night would put a strain on their friendship, and it was nice to see that reflected in each of them as the story progressed.
Every good story has shocking plot twists, and the big twist in Just Between Us was fantastic! I felt as if I should have known it was coming, in retrospect, but I didn’t have a clue and was left wide-eyed in shock when it came. I want to say so much more about this, but it would completely ruin the story for those who haven’t read it, so I’d better not. Trust me when I say it was excellent, and made me want to go back and re-read certain scenes now that I possessed this new knowledge.
What I Didn’t Like:
Umm… I didn’t like that the story came to an end… does that count?
Just Between Us is a fabulous novel filled with suspense and intrigue. The characters are well-written and vividly detailed with a plot that is certain to keep the reader fully engaged and reading well into the night. Full of unexpected twists and a shocking reveal, Drake has written a domestic suspense that will leave you breathless.
Highly recommend this book! If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to add it to your reading list… and you can thank me later. 😉
Author: Rebecca Drake
Title: Just Between Us
Published: January 9, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 stars
About the Book
Four suburban mothers and friends conspire to cover up a deadly crime in this heart-stopping novel of suspense in the tradition of Lisa Scottoline and Lisa Unger.
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 is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.