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.
You would think that Charlie and Sal were a happily married couple with a young child. But Lisa Hall’s novel shows the complete opposite. Charlie is a successful lawyer who is hoping to become a partner. Sal trained as a teacher but is now a stay at home parent, keeping everything spotless and making delicious meals. Sal is punished both physically and mentally if Charlie is disappointed.
Both tell their sides of the story, sometimes you see the same scene repeated so you get to see each of their views on certain events. Charlie becomes increasing hostile the further you get into the novel, not just to Sal but also family and work colleagues. When Sal refuses to give into Charlie over a family matter things come to a head.
I loved this book, it’s very fast paced and very believable. With the narrative switching constantly I was gripped all the way through.
Between You and Me is a fantastic debut novel. I had wanted to be a patient reader and wait for the novel to arrive on publication day but I was reading so many reviews praising it I couldn’t wait any longer.
Thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley.