Book Review: Just Between Us by Adele Parks

Kylie Gillingham’s disappearance has gripped the nation: the woman with a shocking secret – married to two men at the same time – is missing, presumed dead. And both her husbands are suspects.

DCI Clements knows the dark side of human nature and that love can make people do treacherous things; you can’t presume anything when it comes to crimes of the heart. While Kylie’s two husbands remain prime suspects, her sons won’t accept that she is dead. Until a body is found, this scandalous and sad case remains wide open.

Stacie Jones lives a quiet life in a small village, nursed by her father as she recovers from illness, and shielded from any disquieting news of the outside world. But their reclusive life is about to be shattered.

How are these families linked, and can any of them ever rebuild their lives in the wake of tragedy?


I had absolutely no idea that this was a sequel! Seriously, I never read a sequel before where I didn’t feel I was missing something. In hindsight, the story really jumped right in from the start which was a little strange to me, but maybe not if you knew you were reading a sequel. The author did such a great job of developing and outlining the characters ghat you really got to know them, even if you weee just meeting them for the first time. I also loved how each character brought different elements to the story. And the characters that were meant to be the baddies, they were complex enough that you understood their actions and even still had some empathy towards them.

For about the first quarter of the book, I had no idea where it was going. Then I began to have an inkling and it was fun unravelling the following chapters to see if I was right. I was for the most part but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. I would say that the story did feel a bit over complicated at times and perhaps something a little simpler would have been great. I found that the complexity dragged the story out a bit and I found myself skimming a little at the end.

Just Between Us is set during the lockdown. I know that can be a bit annoying for some readers but I felt it fit really well here. It added credibility to the plot line and it wasn’t written just to jump on a big topic.

Interested in reading Just Between Us? Pick up your copy here.


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