14 August 2015
A Perfect Divorce. A New Flame. A Deadly Obsession
It’s almost impossible to read The Betrayal without an image of Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction running through your mind. However, this classic story of just how far it’s possible for someone to go in order to seek revenge has been updated for a contemporary audience.
Nadine and Jake have an interesting marriage. They’ve been together since they were very young and have successfully navigated the choppy waters of family life. Their four children have now flown the nest, and just when times should be on a more even keel, the recession hits hard and their already struggling music business faces troubled times. Jake’s trip to America, to keep on side one of their biggest clients, should be the one ray of hope but his ill-fated journey to America opens up a whole series of events which will shape Nadine and Jake’s life forever.
It’s often a cliché to say that a book is unputdownable, when quite often it’s not and you can go about your daily chores without ever thinking about the story you are reading. This is not one of those stories, as from the very start of the story when Jake enters the airport and Nadine catches a glimpse of Karin Moylan, a woman from her past, you just feel the hairs on the back of your neck start to rise, and you instinctively know that this story is going to be rather special.Time and place is captured perfectly, the wild and windswept Irish coastline acts as a perfect backdrop and is so beautifully described that, even though I’ve never visited , I felt at one with the wildlife of Broadmeadow estuary, and could picture Nadine and Jake’s home at Sea Aster quite vividly
The story is beautifully descriptive, not just about the minutiae of a marriage in turmoil, but also about the visceral pull of illicit sexual magnetism, and of the recklessness and downward spiral of overwhelming attraction. From the sparse rawness of Nadine’s pain, to the hurt and confusion of Jake’s culpability, and also, of course, the sheer magnetism of Karin’s damaged personality, all these elements combine to make this one of those truly unforgettable stories which you just want to tell everyone to read for themselves.
...so, read it...
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My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book