The Betrayals by Fiona Neill #review #RichardandJudyBookClub @MichaelJBooks #Penguin #TheBetrayals

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When Rosie Rankin’s best friend has an affair with her husband, the consequences reverberate down through the lives of two families.

Relationships are torn apart. Friendships shattered. And childish innocence destroyed.

Her daughter Daisy’s fragile hold on reality begins to unravel when a letter arrives that opens up all the old wounds. Rosie’s teenage son Max blames himself for everything which happened that long hot summer. And her brittle ex-husband Nick has his own version of events.

As long-repressed memories bubble to the surface, the past has never seemed more present and the truth more murky.

Sometimes there are four sides to every story.

Who do you believe?

Told through the eyes of four members of the same family, The Betrayals takes an unflinching look at contemporary family life, explores the nature of memory and desire and asks whether some things can ever be forgiven.


My Thoughts – An enjoyable read

I always find books recommended by The Richard and Judy Book Club are worth a read. This is from the 2017 pick.

A dark and emotional novel about the fine line between friendship and betrayal . . .

None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk coast. Best friends Rosie and Lisa’s families had always been inseparable. But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie’s husband Nick. And now, after years of silence, she sends Rosie a letter begging for help. A letter which exposes dark secrets.

Not fast-paced like I usually read, but steady. I felt like it was real life rather than fiction. It flicked between the present and eight years ago.

The story is told by four members of the same family, and it’s good to see people’s versions of events and how they differ and affect them in different ways. It deals with divorce, illness, friendship and family and the effects on two families that were once so close. It takes you to a lovely beach house in Norfolk where the descriptions were so real I was almost there with them. The OCD of one of the family made me realise that I knew nothing about the illness and the impact it has on everything in day to day living.

I would recommend this book.  Thank you to the publishers Penguin UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to review.

Publication day 10th August 2017

Get your copy here from Amazon UK The Betrayals by Fiona Neill


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