Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review of The Betrayal by Laura Elliot

The bit on the back…

Nadine and Jake Saunders were married as teens. Tied to one another by a night of passion that resulted in a pregnancy neither could turn away from.

Now, years later, their children have all flown the nest and the pact they made as teenagers – to give one another the freedom to pursue their own dreams – has resurfaced.

But freedom comes at a price …

While Nadine and Jake begin to untangle their lives from one another, Jake embarks on a passionate affair with a beautiful woman, Karin Moylan. What he doesn’t know is the dark history Karin shares with Nadine.

As lust spirals into dangerous obsession, Jake must break free from Karin. But he must also ask himself how well he ever really knew Nadine. What secret is she hiding? The truth, when it is revealed, could destroy them all.

Firstly a big thank you to Bookouture for approving me for a copy of this book on Netgalley. I hadn’t read any of Laura’s books before but I had heard of her through Twitter. I really loved the sound of the blurb and I’ve been looking more and more toward the Crime/Thriller genres so I couldn’t wait to get started.

The story follows Nadine and Jake through their divorce and life after.

From the very beginning of the story I was on Nadine’s side. Her first person narrative makes her easy to identify with and also made me feel pretty defensive of her. Jake was instantly cast as the bad guy for me even though they both have their own parts to play in the ultimate downfall of their marriage. Nadine's past plays a big part in this story and her relationship with Karin has literally scarred her for life. Laura weaves the past into the present in this story making it a completely compelling read.

Karin Moylan is a horrible character. Well, she’s a good character in this story but a horrible, manipulative bitch. In the opening pages of the book the impact of Karin is felt in the way the sheer memory of her sets Nadine off kilter. There is an uneasy tension from that point on whenever Karen is mentioned between Nadine and Jake and more so when she starts to take more of a prominent role in the story. I didn’t like her at all. I was suspicious of her and as most of her scenes are with Jake, in his third person narrative, there is a distance between the reader and the Karin.

I couldn’t predict where this story was going and was constantly second guessing throughout. It’s one of those books where you’re desperate to find out what happens but you also want to take your time so it’s not over so quickly. I will definitely be reading more from Laura after reading this!

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