What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera is one of the most gripping books I’ve ever read. It’s dark & gritty, and more than once I thought ‘I should stop reading this’, but I had to finish it. It was like a train wreck, and I couldn’t look away. Trigger warning. This book includes content about sexual abuse, trauma, and severe post-partum depression.
What Lies Between Us: Book Review
The book follows the heroine of the story from her childhood in Sri Lanka, to a new life as a teenager in America. It tells her story as a new mother dealing with childhood traumas that resurface through the eyes of her child. It was a hard read for me because I have dealt with postpartum depression and anxiety. Connecting with the dark possibilities of being in that place was gut wrenching. That being said, I also felt like it was strangely therapeutic to read about someone else being in that place and being a much “worse” mother than me. It was reading this book that brought me to write this post about my struggles embracing motherhood.
I am so impressed with Nayomi Munaweera’s writing and the way she kept me hooked. I will definitely read more from her in the future, and she might actually be one of the best writers that I’ve come across recently.
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