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I realise this review is pretty light-on but because I was so disappointed by the book and cannot fathom how many readers have scored it four or five stars, so I have persisted with finishing this review -- just like I did with the book. Time passed and it felt as if the chapters were just detailing the normal/usual events in their lives and how they were adapting to their new situation as well as detailing building progress with the new house. With Lesley Pearse's reputation for grippy, gritting stories that never shy away from the seamier side of life, I was expecting distressing themes from Betrayal. With Lesley Pearse ‘s reputation for grippy, gritting stories that never shy away from the seamier side of life, I was expecting distressing themes here. What I loved more than anything about this book was that it was so easy to read, even considering the difficult subject matter.

I really need to read more of Lesley's backlist as this is probably my second favourite of the ones I've read. It's been a long while since I've read a book by this author, despite reading so many of her early books and loving them. But secrets have a way of following you and Eve soon learns that even in a quaint little fisherman's town like Sidmouth, there are still monsters lurking around every corner. I thought the violence of Don and George’s loathsome behaviour was perfectly balanced by Olly’s sensitivity and Tom’s down-to-Earth nature.

They had only been back from their honeymoon in Spain for a week when he hit her for the first time. It’s 1999 and 28-year-old Eve is living a miserable existence with her extremely violent husband Don.

But still she harbours a secret that if it came out it would ruin her and certainly later her new found friends opinion of her. With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried - a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse - and Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children. Marianne goes on to be a role model/mother figure for Eve always offering good advice and being there for her when she needs it. She could not do it for herself, even when they arrive at the women's refuge that a specialist solicitor has gotten them into, Eve's sense of denial is such that she finds it hard to relate her circumstances to the other women there. The plot moves along at a cracking pace and events have a disturbing ring of truth for so many women’s lives in them.It was definitely fast paced and written really well; the characters felt really familiar after the first 100 pages. Lesley now lives in Torquay, Devon where she loves to spend time walking on the beach with her grandchildren. But then here’s the contrasting thing…the book highlighted some really difficult subjects including marital abuse, grooming and suicide, to name but a few, and didn’t shy away from them, in fact it is a brutal start to the book…. Whether it’s because Eve has an eye for interior design, but I found the writing painterly and vivid, creating strong images in my mind’s eye.

I don't actually have anything bad to say about it, these just aren't my favourite books of all time! Lesley left home at 15 and headed to London where she worked her way through many jobs – from corsetry sales in Cooks of St.I am a huge Lesley Pearse fan and have read all of her book, I was excited to be asked to read and review Betrayal. But Don's abusive behaviour got worse with each day and when he started taking his anger out on her infront of the kids, and then on her kids, she knew that it was finally time to get them out. She eventually finds the courage to leave him, taking their two children, Olly and Tabitha, with her.

Don starts to make Eve’s life a nightmare and refuses to let her go quietly, using intimidating behaviour to frighten her. International bestselling author Lesley Pearse has lived a life as rich with incidents, setbacks and joys as any found in her novels. The story then follows Eve and her children over the years after breaking free but it looks as if the past is always lurking around the corner waiting for the truth to come out and justice to be done. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive.Every year I find myself extremely fortunate to be gifted an early addition of the latest Lesley Pearse book to review. These are all the 4 things you need to know and you could pick this book up on page 250 and keep reading from there. He caught hold of her shoulders, head-butted her, punched her in the stomach so she fell to the floor and then kicked her again and again. But it’s Lesley Pearse and I will always read anything that she publishes and the beginning and end of Betrayal made up for a lacklustre middle.

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