Just Between Us

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 be...

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Just Between Us Reviews

  • Kaceey

    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

    , you will be delightfully surprised!

    Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Rebecca Drake for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Holly  B

    4.5 Stars

    Full 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 Stars

    Full 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 it 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

  • Carrie

    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.

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  • Deanna

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    4.5 Stars!

    This is the second book from Rebecca Drake that I have read. Last year I read “

    which I thought was a great read. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this new novel.

    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:

    4.5 Stars!

    This is the second book from Rebecca Drake that I have read. Last year I read “

    which I thought was a great read. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this new novel.

    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?

    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…..

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

  • Melisa

    This is a tightly written, suspenseful read about female friendship and the dynamics of relationships.

    Certainly, as a born and raised Pittsburgher, my favorite part of this book was that it was written in my hometown. The city takes on a life of its own and almost becomes a singular character in the story. The details were well done and I loved reading about locations that I could picture in my head. Additionally, as a work from home mom, this one was very relatable.

    This book will question how

    This is a tightly written, suspenseful read about female friendship and the dynamics of relationships.

    Certainly, as a born and raised Pittsburgher, my favorite part of this book was that it was written in my hometown. The city takes on a life of its own and almost becomes a singular character in the story. The details were well done and I loved reading about locations that I could picture in my head. Additionally, as a work from home mom, this one was very relatable.

    This book will question how far you will go for those you love. There were times when I was screaming at the characters in this book - a lot of poor decisions were made - but when you can have that kind of a visceral response, you know you’re reading something good.

    By the final chapters, my heart was racing out of my chest. I had no idea how it would conclude, but the ending was one of my favorite parts of this here book.

    My one complaint is that, while the chapters were broken up from the perspectives of all four friends, I had somewhat of a difficult time keeping track of who was narrating. I believe it could have been a bit more focused on one or two characters perspectives to get a more fleshed out understanding of the story, but I do see why the author chose to tell the story this way.

    Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kendall

    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.

  • Debra

    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.

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  • Taryn

    How far would you go to protect a friend? Three women begin to suspect that the fourth member of their group is being abused by her husband. Keeping her safe becomes their number one priority. One late evening their worst fears come true, but not in the way they expect. They must deal with the fallout from that night and the subsequent strain on their families and their friendship.

    How far would you go to protect a friend? Three women begin to suspect that the fourth member of their group is being abused by her husband. Keeping her safe becomes their number one priority. One late evening their worst fears come true, but not in the way they expect. They must deal with the fallout from that night and the subsequent strain on their families and their friendship.

    I recently watched the first episode of

    , so it was impossible not to make comparisons within the first few chapters: women whose children attend the same school become close, they frequently meet at a local coffee shop, and their wealthy, beautiful friend is possibly being abused. That's where the similarities end for me! The chapters alternate between four women with very different lives:

    - Former lawyer, now a stay-at-home mom. Blunt and no-nonsense.

      - Realtor. Type-A, effervescent, optimistic. Always wants to see the best in people.

    - At-home IT consultant. Pessimistic. There are parts of her past she'd rather keep hidden. Sarah and Julie were already friends when Alison came along.

    - (32) Former model. Now married to a well-known plastic surgeon. Generally appears relaxed, without a care in the world. She's the newest member of the group. They've known her for almost two years.

    • The premise of several women working together to help a friend really appealed to me.

    • The relationship dynamics - It's hard to imagine these women being friends if their kids didn't go to school together! The divisions between them start to widen when they're under pressure: different backgrounds and personality quirks, economic divisions, parenting differences, working vs. stay at home. Sarah and Julie were friends before they met Alison, so Alison often felt like a third wheel before Heather came along.

    • The little insights tucked into the story:

    • I assumed the main twists before I even started reading, but I was wrong about

    else!

    • The kid's conversations were adorable and hilarious. I appreciate when an author injects humor into otherwise dark subject matter!

    • "She's talking to Alison? I thought I was in Alison's chapter already!" - Unless I was in Alison's chapters, I was

    wrong about whose chapter I was in! The four women have clearly-defined personalities, but I had a hard time telling them apart. I kept having to stop and figure out whose brain I was inhabiting!

    • I didn't buy the event that set the journey to self-preservation in motion because the relationships lacked longevity and depth.

    • There comes a point of absurdity where I either shake my head in annoyance or just sit back and enjoy the ride. The women have mild personalities and the first half was standard domestic fiction, so it was hard for me to accept the shift in the middle. I need a side of theatricality with my ridiculous! I had the hardest time imagining Sarah being so agreeable to some of the events in the book (though she did have the hardest time dealing with it all). Their escalating antics in the second half reminded me of the first rule of improv: "Say yes."  Sure, one of them would occasionally pipe up with a few lines of dissent, but they quickly dived headfirst into whatever insane plan the other one had concocted.

    • They started taking themselves too seriously and had an absurd conception of their abilities and expertise. Alison works in the technology field and her superior Googling skills are mentioned, but it was baffling to me when she seriously—albeit reluctantly—entertained the idea of hacking a government website.

    • The husbands were way too clueless.

    This book is about all the little choices along the way that lead us to unexpected places. Good people are capable of doing bad things. They may not even realize how far they've gone until they've already crossed a line. There's also a message about talking to your friends and being less polite. Early on, one of the characters muses about how her generation is more open than her parents' more polite generation. It turns out that the "openness" of the modern age is mostly superficial. At the end, she realizes how much she didn't know about her supposedly closest friends. There were so many missed opportunities to provide her friends a shoulder to lean on because she was too polite to pry. You never know what's going on behind closed doors, but sometimes all you have to do is ask.

    I was actually smiling as I typed my dislikes! The second half was a lot of fun in a "What the heck are they going to do next!?" kind of way. It got a little too crazy for me, but I think readers of the genre will like this book. I enjoyed the writing and would read another book by this author.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This is a hard book for me to review; a three star rating on my own scale means that overall I enjoyed the book, but I found some issues I couldn't overcome or the read wasn't altogether memorable. Here, I found I enjoyed the read in a broad sense, but struggled with the format and determined that I just wasn't engaged enough to keep all the details straight. This will be a short review, as I don't have a lot to say, but I still wanted to take the time to acknowledge that I read this and try to

    This is a hard book for me to review; a three star rating on my own scale means that overall I enjoyed the book, but I found some issues I couldn't overcome or the read wasn't altogether memorable. Here, I found I enjoyed the read in a broad sense, but struggled with the format and determined that I just wasn't engaged enough to keep all the details straight. This will be a short review, as I don't have a lot to say, but I still wanted to take the time to acknowledge that I read this and try to reach the reader who may find this to be their own five star read. While this is being promoted as a psychological thriller/suspense, I'd like to add in that I feel it has a lighter, more dramatic angle than a truly dark one. Think 

     and 

    .

    The writing is top notch people. I read the author's previous novel, 

    , and I devoured it. Her, the writing was just as high quality, so I came to the conclusion that it was my inability to keep straight the multiple POVs that narrate the story. There are four friends here, and we hear from all of them along the way; while this was definitely an interesting idea, I think I might have benefitted from the author choosing two ladies to tell the story and our gathering characterization from the remaining cast throughout their voice and experiences. This is 100% just my opinion though and has no bearing on the quality of writing or the value of the plot's content. I thought the story was a wonderful idea and found myself having not figured out a few of the twists. If you enjoyed 

     and other similar domestic dramas, I think you'll enjoy this as well.

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