Just Between Us
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.

Just Between Us Details

TitleJust Between Us
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-139781250167200
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Suspense, Fiction, Thriller

Just Between Us Review

  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars! This is the second book from Rebecca Drake that I have read. Last year I read “ Only Ever You” which I thought was a great read. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this new novel. “Just Between Us” is about four good friends - Alison, Julie, Sarah and Heather who seem to have it all. They all seem happy, healthy, and financially stable with great families. But we should never assume to know what goes on My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars! This is the second book from Rebecca Drake that I have read. Last year I read “ Only Ever You” which I thought was a great read. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this new novel. “Just Between Us” is about four good friends - Alison, Julie, Sarah and Heather who seem to have it all. They all seem happy, healthy, and financially stable with great families. But we should never assume to know what goes on in a person’s mind or their marriage and especially behind closed doors.The story is told from each of the four characters point of view, beginning with Alison. Alison is thinking back and playing the “what-if” game. What if they hadn’t moved to Sewickley? What if they had purchased a house in a different neighborhood? What if she had never met Julie at preschool drop-off? “This is the way of fate – all of these pieces that must slot into place, one leading to the other, a progression toward a conclusion that seems inevitable only after the fact” If all of that hadn’t happened, then the four women would likely never have met. And if they hadn’t met then they wouldn’t have been together that Friday afternoon at Crazy Mocha’s and Alison would never have asked the question that set everything in motion….. “How did you get such a nasty bruise?” Heather is married to a very successful plastic surgeon, Victor Lysenko. They seem to have a wonderful marriage. But Alison is positive that Heather is being abused. The other women aren’t so sure. Julie thinks that Alison is making assumptions and feels that Heather would have confided in them if Victor was hurting her. However, when things escalate, all of the women fear that something horrible is going to happen to Heather. They are almost expecting the call when it comes.But nothing could have prepared them for what happens next. How far would you go to protect one of your closest friends? But things aren’t always what they seem and Heather isn’t the only one with secrets. All of the women have secrets that they don’t want known. As more information comes to light, doubt begins to creep in. Suspicious and paranoid, soon they are all looking over their shoulder, anxious about what could happen next. “What had seemed like a good decision in the middle of the night looked like a horrible decision in the light of day, and I wished there were some magic morning-after do-over pill that could reverse everything” I was really impressed with this novel. At first it was a little hard to keep track of whose point of view I was reading, but as I got to know each character it became easier. I really liked that at the top of each page near the page number it said the character’s name. So if I was unsure I just had to look up.This is a story that explores friendship and the things that we will do for our friends. However, it also shows us there is much we may not know about those we care about, those we love. The author writes about friendship in a very realistic way. Although these women are very close, they don’t always get along. Sometimes they make snarky comments or talk about each other behind their backs. But they are always there for each other when it really counts.The author builds the tension and heightens the suspense, making it very difficult to put the book down. With great characters and an interesting plot, I became thoroughly absorbed in this novel and had to know what was going to happen next. And just when I thought I had things figured out? A monkey wrench was thrown in and almost everything I thought I knew was wrong.Rebecca Drake has done it again. I was thrilled with her last novel and “Just Between Us” was another winner for me. I will be anxiously awaiting more from this very talented author.Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin and Rebecca Drake for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story of friendship. How well do we really know our closest friends? How far would you be willing to go to help if they asked? Four close friends (Alison, Sarah, Julie and Heather) all bond over their school age children. After the morning ritual of delivering the youngsters to school, they enjoy starting their day getting together for coffee. As their relationships develop, they schedule play dates, as well as occasional outings that include their husbands. Just every-day women enjoyi This is a story of friendship. How well do we really know our closest friends? How far would you be willing to go to help if they asked? Four close friends (Alison, Sarah, Julie and Heather) all bond over their school age children. After the morning ritual of delivering the youngsters to school, they enjoy starting their day getting together for coffee. As their relationships develop, they schedule play dates, as well as occasional outings that include their husbands. Just every-day women enjoying ordinary friendships. That is, until Alison notices a bruise on Heather’s wrist. Suddenly everything changes.The main downside for me was I had difficulty keeping the characters straight. Told from all 4 women's POV I would often have to refer back to the name on the chapter to see who was speaking. I just didn't feel the character development was deep enough to differentiate between the 4 women. Even though some background was given on each of the women, it was just touched on and not explored enough to take hold. The premise for this book was great but somehow I just didn’t totally connect with it. There were parts that had me totally enthralled, but by the end I didn’t find it all that memorable. Yet…curiously it has taken me three days to write my review as this book keeps turning over in my mind! So, maybe this had a bigger effect on me than I thought?! I did enjoy all the twists that were laid out along the way. As these women discover more about each other and their ‘friendship’, you will be delightfully surprised!3.75* rounded up to 4*Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Rebecca Drake for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    How far would you go to help one of your close girlfriends? How well do you THINK you know your girlfriends?Just Between Us is a novel about four friends Sarah, Heather, Julie, and Alison who have formed a bond over their school aged children. These four women bond over morning coffee dates and their friendship takes off.... literally when Alison notices a huge bruise on Heather's wrist. It all sort of crashes down from there......My biggest issue with this novel was the characterization. The no How far would you go to help one of your close girlfriends? How well do you THINK you know your girlfriends?Just Between Us is a novel about four friends Sarah, Heather, Julie, and Alison who have formed a bond over their school aged children. These four women bond over morning coffee dates and their friendship takes off.... literally when Alison notices a huge bruise on Heather's wrist. It all sort of crashes down from there......My biggest issue with this novel was the characterization. The novel was told from the perspective of each of the four women.. but I could not keep track of who was who in each chapter. Yes, the name was on the beginning of the chapter but there was not enough detail to actually differentiate between the four women. I was so focused on trying to figure out which character was which that I ended up losing sight into the actual storyline. This honestly was so frustrating and irritating to me that I just couldn't get past this until the end of the story when things became a little bit more clear. If you don't have in depth characterization, its like loosing the frosting to the cupcake :(.Rebecca Drake definitely had some windy twists and turns that gradually was revealed to her readers...but I just had a difficult time connecting to this book. I was left wanting more and my overall impression was just meh. But, I do have to say one thing.... we all have secrets in our closet that ever so slowly drips out.. whether we want them to or not.....Overall, 3 stars on this one for me :). Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martin's Press, and Rebecca Drake for an arc in exchange for an honest review. Publication date is 1/8/18.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsFull of surprises, friendship, stunners, and plenty of wine drinking!A suspenseful and enjoyable read about a circle of four close girlfriends who find themselves involved in an event that threatens to shatter their lives! It took me some time to "get into" the story, but when I did it was "consuming" me!The four friends are typical suburban moms raising their families. Heather is the friend who could be envied because she is married to Viktor, a respected surgeon and they live in a bea 4.5 StarsFull of surprises, friendship, stunners, and plenty of wine drinking!A suspenseful and enjoyable read about a circle of four close girlfriends who find themselves involved in an event that threatens to shatter their lives! It took me some time to "get into" the story, but when I did it was "consuming" me!The four friends are typical suburban moms raising their families. Heather is the friend who could be envied because she is married to Viktor, a respected surgeon and they live in a beautiful estate. It seems Heather has it all, but wait....why is she hiding bruising on her arms? Is this what is looks like or something else? Why are the friends so quick to judge? Just who has something to hide? Things begin to escalate and when they do there is NO turning back for these ladies! It is like the ball that starts rolling and you can't stop it! First one of the friends gets a frantic phone call from Heather at 2:00 AM which sends her flying out of the house and speeding off to Heather's house!Her snoopy neighbor may have "spied" her speeding away too. It is not long before the police come knocking and the girlfriends are sweating it!If you were a fan of Depths of Lies, you might enjoy this one too. It has a bit of everything-humor with the ladies, stunners, and I think it may have a hint of being "a little out there" at times, but I enjoyed the ladies and the quick pace and many many stunners! I have to recommend!Thank you for my "wish granted!!" St. Martin's Press and Rebecca Drake! Publication date is on 01/09/2018
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Alison, Julie, Sarah, and Heather are four mothers who meet over coffee and become friends. They live in beautiful homes, have jobs, are married, they have school aged children that play together, and appear to have it all. But each woman has something in her past that she is keeping secret from the other women. None of them are as perfect as they appear to be. Some of the are also not as nice as they want to appear. One-day Allison notices a bruise on Heather's wrist and their perfect lives beg Alison, Julie, Sarah, and Heather are four mothers who meet over coffee and become friends. They live in beautiful homes, have jobs, are married, they have school aged children that play together, and appear to have it all. But each woman has something in her past that she is keeping secret from the other women. None of them are as perfect as they appear to be. Some of the are also not as nice as they want to appear. One-day Allison notices a bruise on Heather's wrist and their perfect lives begin to fall apart bit by bit.The blurb of this book tells us that the four suburban moms are trying to cover up a deadly crime. How far would you go to protect your friends? What would you be willing to do to keep her safe? What do you do when things begin to fall apart?Many books have plots that ask the following questions, how well do you know those in your life? What goes on behind closed doors? How far will you go for those you care about? This is also true in this book, but I just didn't buy most of it. For starters, the women are often catty to each other saying "shut up" or thinking ill of the other women. Yes, this is human nature, but it did not paint these four women as being that close knit. I didn't buy that they would go to the lengths they went to help their friend.Also, this book jumps around telling each woman's POV. This doesn't sound like a BIG deal but keeping track of each woman, her child, her job, her husband, her interactions with others was ALOT! I often had to go back and read the header AND I will admit to confusing these characters from time to time. At one point I thought "Wait! I thought she was the attorney. Oh, she's not, okay so what does she do, she is not the real estate agent." UGH!The premise of this book was very good. The Author does have a couple of twists and turns. I did guess that one character was not being honest, but I was wrong about why. In the end I wasn’t blown away by the "reveal". It was an entertaining read that I may have enjoyed more if I didn't have to keep figuring out who was who. I can't fault the writing. I thought this book was well written and the plot was well thought out. Good not great.Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake is the tale of four friends, Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. The story switches the point of view between these four ladies as we get to know them and their bond as friends and the secrets they are hiding.Alison has played the what if game with herself wondering if anything had changed would she still be as close to these women or would she ever have met them? Their lives are perfect from the outside with their lovely suburban homes and healthy kids and the great Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake is the tale of four friends, Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. The story switches the point of view between these four ladies as we get to know them and their bond as friends and the secrets they are hiding.Alison has played the what if game with herself wondering if anything had changed would she still be as close to these women or would she ever have met them? Their lives are perfect from the outside with their lovely suburban homes and healthy kids and the great friendship they have formed. But one day Alison spots a bruise on Heather’s wrist which starts the questions between them.What should one do if they think their friend is being hurt somehow? Fearing for Heather the other ladies want only for her to know that they are there for her and will do anything to help her out. Then one night a phone call comes and instead of Heather being harmed as they fear and nightmare begins leaving the question of just how far do you go for friendship?Right from the start I was completely hooked on the story of these four women as I began to know them. Just Between Us was just one of those books that I didn’t want to put down until every little dirty secret of the characters had been unearthed and discovered. As the pages kept turning the twists and suspense would build.My only complaint with this book was that I think the author could have done a better job distinguishing the four women from one another as the point of view changed. Early on while reading I would have to pay close attention to whose voice was telling the story at any given time before I knew things about them to tell them apart. Once getting to know them better though the story really came together. Other than that one complaint I found this one an extremely compelling read from start to finish and would definitely recommend checking it out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Reading.Between.Wines
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up.My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________This book totally blew me away. It was the first book I have read from Rebecca Drake and I was not disappointed. The suspense mounted consistently throughout this book, and while I guessed what was going on towards the end, it still was quite shocking. All these ladies had their own secrets, and it was shoc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up.My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________This book totally blew me away. It was the first book I have read from Rebecca Drake and I was not disappointed. The suspense mounted consistently throughout this book, and while I guessed what was going on towards the end, it still was quite shocking. All these ladies had their own secrets, and it was shocking to find out what each of them were, a couple being more surprising than the others. I thought there was great character development and I didn't dislike any of the main characters. I also think the author did a great job with the abuse in this book. Some books overwhelm you with it, but this one wasn't like that.This book didn’t have the super short chapters that I enjoy, but that didn’t make the book hard to read. I sped through this one. It was hard to put this book down, and it was a super-fast readI would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a good mystery with an edge. The friend aspect was very interesting and begs the question "how well do you really know someone?" I can't wait to read more by Rebecca Drake*This book is set to be published on 09 Jan 2018**HUGE thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. My review is completely honest and unbiased*
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I started this book this morning and finished it tonight.. just could not put it down. How well do you really know your friends? What goes on behind closed doors is not always as it appears. How far would you go to protect yourself and your friends? The story of 4 women and the things that can snowball if you lie.A very big thank you to Netgalley and St Martins Press for granting my wish for this book. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to @stmartinspress for a copy of Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake via #netgalley. I really enjoyed this one. I’d give a solid 4 Stars.Just Between Us is a story about four friends Allison, Julie, Sarah and Heather. The four mothers meet at their kid’s school and eventually start meeting for morning coffee most mornings. They are all married, have jobs and seem to have it all. That is until Allison notices a bruise on Heather’s wrist. Allison, Julie and Sarah all start to question Heather’ Thanks to @stmartinspress for a copy of Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake via #netgalley. I really enjoyed this one. I’d give a solid 4 Stars.Just Between Us is a story about four friends Allison, Julie, Sarah and Heather. The four mothers meet at their kid’s school and eventually start meeting for morning coffee most mornings. They are all married, have jobs and seem to have it all. That is until Allison notices a bruise on Heather’s wrist. Allison, Julie and Sarah all start to question Heather’s Home life. They start to dig in the life of Heather’s husband, Viktar. The three friends are completely stressing out over Heather’s new bruises or marks. Then the unthinkable happens! How well do you really know your friends, hmmm?I really liked the twists in Just Between Us. I was just surprised with it all. It read in each of the four friends point of view which I love and was never confused. I recommend! Great mystery!
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Heather, Alison, Julie, and Sarah are suburban mothers and wives living in Pennsylvania. Their children attend the same school and they become close over weekly dates at the local coffee shop. When the three friends start noticing bruises on Heather, they quickly become suspicious. Is Heather's handsome doctor husband, Viktor, hurting her? Reluctantly, Heather slowly confesses to the abuse and terror she experiences due to her spouse. Her friends feel helpless, however, as Heather refuses to lea Heather, Alison, Julie, and Sarah are suburban mothers and wives living in Pennsylvania. Their children attend the same school and they become close over weekly dates at the local coffee shop. When the three friends start noticing bruises on Heather, they quickly become suspicious. Is Heather's handsome doctor husband, Viktor, hurting her? Reluctantly, Heather slowly confesses to the abuse and terror she experiences due to her spouse. Her friends feel helpless, however, as Heather refuses to leave him and the violence escalates. Then one night, they receive the call they've been dreading. But it's not Heather who is dead: it's Viktor. Suddenly, the foursome has a choice to make--one that will set in motion a series of events that will change their lives forever. I've never read anything by Rebecca Drake before, and I chose this because it sounded interesting and suspenseful. When I first started reading it, it immediately had a very Big Little Lies vibe, and I was a little curious how the book would differentiate itself. It eventually did, but I'm not sure it did so favorably. I'll preface my review by saying that I seem to be in the minority with my opinion, and I certainly didn't hate the book, I just didn't adore it as much as so many of the reviews I've been reading. You'll find a ton of people who loved this one, so certainly read those reviews before you make any decisions. Drake's novel is told from the different points of view of all four women in an odd past tense--this tense lets you know bad things have happened, but you don't know what, leading you to wonder and speculate. I won't lie - I almost put this one down as a DNF for a while, but I kept going out of a morbid curiosity. After Viktor's death, I just found the story so completely implausible that I had a real tough time suspending disbelief. That these four women would do all these things, not get caught, and things would unfold the way they did... I'm sorry. I just had a hard time buying it. At the halfway point, I had no idea where the book was going, or where I wanted it to go. Yes, the various twists were surprising at times, but they were just so hard to believe. The book is suspenseful, I will say that, as you wonder what will happen to the women, and what insane thing they will do next. There were certainly several plot points that caught me by surprise; honestly the whole thing was sort of baffling. It's definitely not what I was expecting. Still, as I said, the whole book gets increasingly preposterous (my favorite was when they considered hacking the DMV). In the end, this was a very meandering book about four women I never really cared about or grew attached to in any way. You get confused about who is narrating in each chapter and perplexed as they act in completely implausible ways. Still, I kept reading because I was bewildered and fascinated about their actions and the secrets that were motivating everyone at their core. I can see why so many people enjoyed it, but it just wasn't my favorite. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review; it is available everywhere as of 01/09/2018. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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