I am so thankful and so happy that I get to read such amazing books, especially at the end of the year when my life seems to be spinning out of control (not necessarily in a bad way, I’m just super busy and can’t do everything all at once). When I picked up Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake, I was expecting something fairly delicious, because her last book Only Ever You sucked me in and spit me out, but I was not expecting her new book to be this engrossing and tantalizingly bingeable.
This story consumed my days and my nights, luckily I devoured it over Thanksgiving break, so I had plenty of time to enjoy it. Four girlfriends, Alison, Julie, Sarah and Heather are suburban moms who enjoy coffee time and a little bit of innocent gossip. One day while the girls are spending time together during one of their coffee dates, one of the ladies notices that Heather has some questionable bruises on her body. Heather quickly dismisses the concern and any other suspicions of abuse that the other women cook up.
That’s when things start to get even stranger yet. When the girls head to Heather’s house for a playdate, they see that her kitchen has been completely dismantled. Now they are for certain that her husband Viktor, a renowned plastic surgeon, is also a class A abuser, and they want to help Heather get out of her marriage before it’s too late. Yet, Heather still denies anything is wrong.
One night one of the women (the thing is, this was hard for me to keep track of because there was not much distinguishing the characters from each other, but that didn’t really matter to me as the plot was so freaking good) receives a call from Heather at 2 a.m. claiming she shot her husband because he was going to kill her. When the group shows up at Heather’s house, sure enough, Viktor is dead as a doornail, slumped over in his car, with a bullet wound to the back of his head.
This sets off a crazy scheme to take his body, still in the car that Heather shot him in, and drop it somewhere for the police to find and assume that a carjacking happened, naturally you and I both know that this isn’t the end of the game, because the police always find out what really happened, or do they? Add in a blackmailing plan, a secret lover, and stealth mamas, and you have the next Blockbuster hit. I really hope this book is made into a movie because it would be so satisfying to see it on the big screen.
If you want to know what else happens, and what other secrets are uncovered in this strongly written story about revenge, marriage, and friends, please go find this book and read it, I promise you won’t want to put it down, and when you’re finished, please let me know so we can discuss all the juicy details! Thank you NetGalley for sending me this book, I am ready for more of Rebecca’s work! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!