Blog tour – Between Us by Mhairi McFarlane

Delighted to be on the blog tour for my first Mhairi McFarlane book. Thanks to Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the tour. Mhairi was due to do a Facebook Live interview with me during my Book Chat with Kim sessions of lockdown but sadly she wasn’t able to make it. I’d been very much looking forward to reading her latest book. The people I work with at Bookouture are huge fans!

About the book

When Joe and Roisin join their group of friends for a weekend away, it’s a triple celebration – a birthday, an engagement and the launch of Joe’s new crime drama on TV.

But when Roisin sees secrets she shared with Joe play out on the TV screen, she knows that between us means nothing at all.

Roisin finds herself searching for clues to the truth – about her life, their history, and the man she thought she loved. And it’s then that Roisin finds the most unexpected plot twist of them all. Among those same old friends, there’s a surprising potential for new beginnings . . .

What did I think?

I absolutely LOVED the friendship dynamics in this book. While Roisin and Joe’s romance was fizzling out, the relationships she had with her friends, the realistic wisecracks that exchanged between people who genuinely adored each other really were my favourite part. I’d love to have seen a couple of them have starring roles in their own books if truth be told.

It was interesting how once Roisin thought that Joe had been deceitful, how the situation snowballed very quickly and she didn’t know what was the truth and what was lies. It questioned intuition against what people swear to you about and the topic of gaslighting was heavily included but with care and empathy.

As an author myself, I started to doubt myself and wonder if I’ve ever used part of something that someone has told me unknowingly but I think I’m an oversharer so had probably told them anyway that I’ve written it into a book. I mean, you could just ask my neighbours about our street WhatsApp group. They give me constant fodder for my books, lol!

McFarlane is clearly a talented writer with a wicked sense of humour which is showed by the witty banter that’s peppered throughout the book.

About the author

Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree. After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success and she’s since sold nearly 2 million copies of her books. Between Us is her ninth book and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat

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