What We’re Reading: Between Us by Mhairi McFarlane

It’s a cold month, which means it’s perfect timing to snuggle up with a great novel. Between Us is a great choice and it’s from one of our favorite authors whose books never disappoint.

Book title: Between Us – A Novel

Author: Mhairie McFarlane

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

What it’s about (without spoilers):

International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane delivers a witty, clever, emotional new novel about a woman whose life unravels spectacularly after her screenwriter boyfriend uses their relationship as inspiration for his new television show.

When Roisin and Joe join their friends for a weekend at a country house, it’s a triple celebration—a birthday, an engagement, and the launch of Joe’s shiny new TV show. But as the weekend unfolds, tensions come to light in the group and Roisin begins to question her own relationship. And as they watch the first episode of Joe’s drama, she realizes that the private things she told him—which should have stayed between them—are right there on the screen.

With her friend group in chaos and her messy love life on display for the whole world to see, Roisin returns home to avoid the unwanted attention and help run her family’s pub. But drama still follows, in the form of her dysfunctional family and the looming question: what other parts of her now-ex’s show are inspired by real events? Lies? Infidelity? Every week, as a new episode airs, she wonders what other secrets will be revealed.

Yet the most unexpected twist of all is an old friend, who is suddenly there for Roisin in ways she never knew she needed…

Why we like it: We love how this book captures the dynamics of a group of adult friends. We quickly get to know each character’s personality as well as how they function within the group. We also really like how this book turns into a bit of a detective novel once the main character sees the TV show her longtime boyfriend just wrote. The book really builds momentum as it goes along, particularly when she goes home for a few weeks to help her mom run the family’s pub and a guy from the friend group shows up to pitch in while the pub is short-staffed.

This author is known for her witty dialogue and the way she makes scenes so easy to see inside your head. And somehow, she makes the love scenes intense, believable, and swoon-worthy without any graphic descriptions that might turn off some readers. And the ending? SO GOOD. We think you’ll love it.

What other people say: This book gets 4 out of 5 stars with more than nearly 8,000 reviews posted on Amazon. Check out the other novels by this author, too. We have loved every single one of her books!