Laura Elliot builds up the tension and sense of intrigue right from the first few pages of The Betrayal and I just couldn’t put it down once I started! Who is the mysterious Karin who provokes such fear in Nadine when she glimpses her at the airport? What has happened between them when teenagers which wrecked their friendship? Nadine and Jake married very young after she became pregnant but have agreed to an amicable divorce now that their four children have left home. But can there ever be such a thing as a perfect divorce, especially now that Karin has re-appeared in their lives?
In Karin, Laura Elliot has created a truly scary character. Whilst seeming petite and vulnerable she is in fact scheming and manipulative with more than a few stalkerish Fatal Attraction style tendencies. And everything she does is so carefully plotted so as to seem innocuous or can’t be traced back to her. As the old saying goes, never underestimate a woman scorned!
As the novel raced towards the end, I found myself genuinely worrying for Nadine and Jake and their children. What was going to happen, what would Karin do next, how would this situation resolve? It’s a sure sign of a writer’s skill at developing her characters if you really care about what happens to them. This novel was well paced and well plotted and another brilliant read from Laura Elliot.
My thanks to the publishers Bookouture for allowing me to read this advance review copy. The Betrayal will be published on 14th August and you can pre-order a copy here: The Betrayal
What the book is about:
Nadine and Jake Saunders were married at seventeen. 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.