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A perfect divorce. A new flame. And a deadly obsession. 

Nadine and Jake Saunders were married in their teens.  Tied to one another by a night of passion that resulted in a pregnancy neither could turn away from.    

Now, years later, their children have all flown the nest and the pact they made as teenagers – to give one another the freedom to pursue their own dreams – has resurfaced.   

But freedom comes at a price …

While Nadine and Jake begin to untangle their lives from one another, Jake embarks on a passionate affair with a beautiful woman, Karin Moyes. What he doesn’t know is the dark history Karin shares with Nadine. 

As lust spirals into dangerous obsession, Jake must break free from Karin.   But he must also ask himself how well he ever really knew Nadine.  What secret is she hiding?  The truth, when it is revealed, could destroy them all. 

If you devoured Girl on the Train, The Husband’s Secret and Gone Girl then make sure THIS is the book you pick up next. 

Read what everyone is saying about Laura Elliot:

A gripping tale of adultery and illusion.Evening Herald 

‘My emotions were in overdrive…absolutely gripping – one of my best reads of the year so far.’ Literary Lightbox 

‘The storyline had me hooked from the start… breathtaking. My emotions were all over the place and even now writing this my heart is beating ten to the dozen. An absolute must read and I will certainly be reading more by this author.’ By the Letter Book Reviews 

’Entertaining and highly thought-provoking.’ Closer Magazine 

‘A psychological thriller that will draw you in and won’t let you go until the end.’  A Novel Mama 

‘Dealing with passion, adultery, deception and tragedy, and how the past has a way of creeping up on you…a really intriguing page-turner with a surprising twist.Evening Echo 

'This was such a compelling read that had me hooked from the very first page, I consumed this book every spare second of the day.' Afternoon Bookery

‘The reader is immersed into a story that tells of decades of love, betrayal, deceit and frailty with a dark undertone, all of which makes for a truly riveting readI was hooked into it and savoured the delicious twists and ending with relish and satisfaction.Book Addicted Housewife 

Fiction & Literature
August 14

Customer Reviews

Leeds mum ,

Secrets and Lies

The Betrayal is a suspense story of love and hate, secrets and lies.

Nadine and Jake's marriage is on the rocks - can it be saved? Jake flies to New York on business and runs into a very old estranged friend of Nadine, Karin. Karin seems to be one for chance meetings; well that's how she met Nadine. A chance meeting in a changing room when they were trying on school uniform for their first year at secondary school. They became best friends but one summer it turns sour. Why did they fall out? Why doesn't Jake tell Nadine he's met Karin? Only reading this book will you find out the whole truth!

The narrative alternates between Nadine and Jake. With each chapter the story unfolds and we find out more about both Nadine and Karin's history and the present goings-on. To what lengths is Karin prepared to go? Yes she is a nut job who is determined to get what she wants. But what does she want?

This book is excellently written, I couldn't put it down wanting to know what sociopath Karin is going to do next. I loved the way the historical events are drip fed through Nadine's memories.

It's the first Laura Elliot book I've read but it's not going to be the last. I know I've got Fragile Lies waiting so that's going to read sooner rather than later!

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me this book to read and review.

Jillmickr ,

The betrayal

Brilliant read

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