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What Lies Between Us – Nayomi Munaweera

by Vandana Hiranand

In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There the girl must reinvent herself as an American teenager to survive, with the help of her cousin. Both love and loss fill her life, but even as she assimilates and thrives, the secrets and scars of her past follow her into adulthood. In this new country of freedom, everything she has built begins to crumble around her, and her hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous. When the past and the present collide, she sees no other choice than to commit her unforgivable final act. This is her confession. 


The second novel from the award-winning author of Island of A Thousand Mirrors, this book tells the daring tale of a young Sinhalese girl, who grows up in Kandy and migrates to America with her mother to reinvent their lives. Exceptionally well-written, the author captures your attention from the very first page. This is a gripping novel which you will not be able to put down.

The author writes in an almost poetic fashion, and describes the land of Sri Lanka beautifully. Undoubtedly, this novel will cause you to experience an unbelievable emotional rollercoasrer. Yet, it is definitely a must read. Munaweera captures the rawness of trauma and psychological disturbance. This is a hypnotizing read, with exceptional characters and a shocking and enthralling story. For a Sri Lankan reader, the initial familiarity with the descriptions and dialogue of the story will keep you hooked. Although this story is filled with anguish and despair, it is also honest, alluring, and definitely worth the read.


Rating: 4.8/5