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?
My Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆
Publication date: August 10th, 2017
Many thanks to netgalley & the publisher for providing me with this free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Last year, I read THE GOOD GIRL by the same author and adored it, so when this popped up on netgalley, I was straight in to request it! I love Fiona Neill’s writing. She has a way of telling a story that is non-linear, so you’re actually never quite sure what happened or didn’t, or actually quite what’s happening now.
THE BETRAYALS follows the story of the breakdown of Nick and Rosie’s marriage following his affair with her best friend Lisa, interspersed with their daughter’s battle with OCD and Lisa’s own battle with cancer. There’s also a wonderful balance between the darker narrative and humour – especially scenes where Nick interacts with Lisa’s “healer”, Gregorio.
I really like that balance between seriousness and humour – and I also like the scientific parts of the book, because I’m quite interested in science and learning science-y things. Each character in this novel is their own character with their own narrative voice, and their own flaws. I really enjoyed this novel – proved, really, in that I read probably 80% of it in one sitting!