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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758268955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758268952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Dolores Malecki on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alex and Kate were so happy, until Alex is accused of a heinous act on his best friends 12 year old. he is convicted,found guilty, sent to prison..He is innocent.. But when even greater tragedy strikes, Kate has no choice but to turn her grief into anger...
I absolutely loved this book.. I thought it was going to be another Sister Hood book, but this book was great I couldn't put it down, from start to finish.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Forsyth on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Betrayal was classic Fern Michaels . The subject was a bit different from her usual stories but was as usual well written, it held your interest and you didn't want to put it down until you read the whole book (which I did) in one day. The outline of the story (on the back of the outside cover) had just enough information to make me want to buy it. I'm glad I did. Fern Michaels is a great storyteller and this book can be added to her list of great reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bookreader "Melanie" on November 15, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was just ok for me. It was the story of a perfect marriage between Kate and Alex. Although they do not have children of their own, they love the visits of Sara and Emily. The two girls are the daughters of Alex's best friend, Don and his wife Debbie.
However, Sara suddenly exhibits troubling behavior on her last visit. Weeks later, Alex gets a phone call from Don saying that Sara has accused him of molesting her for years. Kate, always believing Alex's innocence, is helpless as her husband goes to trial, is convicted and sent to prison. When even more tragedy occurs, Kate's grief turns to anger and eventually revenge. She embarks on a quest to ruin those involved and clear her husband's name.
I thought this story was a bit "over the top." Debbie walks around calling her daughters tramps, Sara is having one temper tantrum after another and Don, just ignores it all...It did not make sense to me that Emily and Sara were such beloved guests for Alex and Kate and then on the last visit, Sara is just plain evil and no one says anything to her parents? Why would Kate put up with Debbie's constant rude remarks and foul treatment of them? Does not make sense that she would take their children in on visits when the mom is so vulgar to Kate....oh well, it was fun to read. The characters were nasty, bent on revenge and it was certainly easy to hate Sara and Debbie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darqstar on April 27, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
WARNING... Some spoilers. I have tried to keep them minimal, but read at your own risk.

On the "Books are food for the mind" I normally rate Fern Michaels as Family dinning. Her books may not be the best in the world, but they are usually well written with interesting characters. They are the good books to grab while on vacation or to grab on audio because you're heading on a long car trip and want something to keep you entertained.

Betrayal, however, is an awful book. I know I'm going against the tide here, but I found it a terrible little book full of horrible cliches. Let's start with the good sister and the bad sister. The good sister is thin and blond. The bad sister is fat and has dark hair. We know the bad sister is fat because Fern Michaels won't let us forget it for one second. She's a nasty, fat little girl with nothing but evil on her mind. Even the good sister is disgusted by her and never seems to miss a chance to remind her sister that she's fat and thus, a rotten person. She's sweet and polite with everyone else, but when it comes to her sister, since she's a fat kid, no one should have to be tactful, so good sister has no problem ragging bad sister for being fat. Bad sister herself can't seem to do anything but eat. It's pretty clear that Fern wanted to paint a "Good" vs. "Bad" picture here and wanted to beat the reader over the head with it and found it quickly. "Oh yes, I'll make the bad girl FAT! REALLY FAT! That's awesome, because everyone knows that fat children are terrible animals with no self control! And just to make sure the reader never forgets, every time this person enters the room, reenters the story, I'll point out how fat she is! And she'll whine about how hungry she is, ALL THE TIME.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader With Standards on February 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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I've read a number of books by Fern Michaels and I have to say, this book reads like it was written by someone else under her name. I've read better self published first novels than this book.

Perhaps I should have stopped reading with the completely unnecessary plot point of having the fighting family drive up from South Florida to the mountains of North Carolina rather than flying only to turn around and drive back the next day to catch a cruise back in Florida. We're not talking about little kids. The parents could have put them on a plane and let them fly alone, or one parent could have flown up and back at significantly less time than it took to make the drive. The drive out of Florida alone is eternal and not at all enjoyable.

The characters aren't properly developed at all. Everyone is a one dimensional and stereotypical. Debbie, the manipulative abusive mother calls her oldest daughter names in front of people. I'm sorry, even the worst mother will put on an act in public. The husband's first lawyer was so wonderful in the beginning, yet Kate "had a bad feeling" about him all along. Really? And this is a couple where money is no object. They could have afforded the best defense and good investigators to discredit the family making the accusations. There's no mention of Alex ever smoking, yet when he's accused by Sara of burning her with a cigarette, the defense attorney doesn't even question it.

The middle of the book bends credibility even further. We're expected to believe that in 5 years of training with the IRS Kate gains the skills to hack into computer accounts and destroy someone else's life. And that Kate, who loves to cook, spends 5 years eating frozen dinners in her grief. Really?

Even better, the "pat" solution in the end that wraps it all in a nice bow is completely unrealistic.
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