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With her trademark insight into relationships, Lesley Pearse thrills and entertains in this exploration of being a strong woman ― My Weekly --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. It was a good story and I was compelled to read on but it lacked the depth of plot of some of her earlier novels, particularly those with a historical background. 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.

As she begins to put her life back together, her fears that Don will not let her go are realised-but just how far is she prepared to go to protect her children and her newly found freedom? It is a clear and stark insight into the other side of the equation when those who have -thankfully-never been in a relationship like this, ask 'Why didn't you leave? The book does slow its pace in the middle part of this book as Eve and her children try to live a new normal life but once again the book takes a dramatic turn of events towards the latter part of the book and we are thrown into despair and the adrenalin flows as everything comes to a head. Betrayal’s themes make it a disturbing read at times, but Lesley Pearse handles them with clarity and sensitivity making it a compelling read.

In this book, we see just how strong and resilient women can be even when things literally "beat" us down! I always find time to start reading as soon as a book is in my hands (something my husband realises each year when I show him her latest book)! Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.

This is not a light hearted read it is a storyline that tackles a number of disturbing situations, one in particular made for difficult reading but each situation was weaved into the storyline perfectly creating more depth and drama to the storyline. It is a neat device as what she made could be an allegory for hiding the things which happen behind closed doors, or could be used to frame a beautiful view. Since then, Lesley has become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

Her honest restructuring of a life and finding her self worth is reflected in how her two children grow into themselves away from Don, and I liked how her original training as a curtain maker reflected her circumstances. 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.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. Lesley had an extra-ordinary childhood and skilfully marries the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.

Lesley has a reputation for writing gritty, confronting stories that don’t shy away from distressing issues. I loved the big epic reads of Never Look Back and Trust Me and would love to read something like that again in the future from Lesley. Before I jump into this review, I must stress that Ms Pearse doesn't shy away from the distressing themes in Betrayal. Undercurrent of the story was domestic violence, which was tackled in a believable and realistic way. 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.

Beautifully written from start to finish and never one to shy away from uneasy topics, Betrayal covers some difficult subjects with this author's trademark skill of empathy, sensitivity and cracking good story telling.

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