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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466216131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466216136
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wodke Hawkinson is the name under which writing duo PJ Hawkinson and K Wodke release their co-authored works. Wodke Hawkinson's multi-genre style gives the readers a rich and varied experience. Catch Her in the Rye is the first collaborated work released by Wodke Hawkinson. This short story collection offers a variety of genres, something for every taste. There are two more books in this series of short fiction: Blue, Selected Short Stories Vol. 2 and Alone, Selected Short Stories, Vol. 3. In addition to their popular novel, Betrayed, they have also released: Zeke, a dark novel of obsession; Tangerine, a tale of romance and intrigue set in the future; Sue, a sequel to Zeke; and Dark Longings,a mystery/suspense.

Upcoming projects include a variety of short story singles, a fourth volume/collection of short stories, and a fantasy novel.

Customer Reviews

Great writing, great story, and great characters.
B. Smith
Describing it initially was okay, but it went on too long and in more detail than was necessary.
This can be a difficult book for some to read, but it was a page turner for sure.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Randi J. Canning on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Within the first few pages of Betrayed, I was hooked. The novel is the frightening tale of Brook, a woman abducted by three horrible men, and the days of horror endured at their hands.

It also tells the story of Lance, a man fed up with society, who has made a solitary life in the wilderness. Eventually, Brook stumbles across Lance after escaping the gang who held her.

I appreciated the way the author shifted from Brook's point of view to Lance's. It made a stunning contrast between the brutality of Brook's experience and the peaceful safe nature of Lance's life, giving me time to catch my breath. Just when I thought I couldn't take any more of what was happening to Brook, the next chapter came along to give relief from the tension by focusing on Lance's life.

I also appreciated the stark difference between the profane nature of the kidnappers' dialogue compared to the normal and sometimes very sweet dialogue between Brook and Lance.

This is an unusual book; a study in contrasts that makes each shifting scene pack more punch. The beginning is harsh, violent, and disturbing. But, once Brook and Lance meet, it turns into a tender love story. Although both characters struggle with heavy emotional baggage and very human flaws, they help each other find a path to redemption and healing. When Brook left the cabin to go back to her husband in Denver, I cried. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say the book had a satisfying conclusion with surprising and intense plots throughout.

The book was well-written and expertly paced. With its graphic sexual violence, the book is for adults only. It was an absorbing story, one I couldn't put down, and I can't wait to read more by this author. I give this book five stars for originality, content, and plot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2012
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"Betrayed" ended up being a different book than I expected. I expected more revenge, less romance (I guess I'm a tad bloodthirsty).

Don't get me wrong - I liked the book. Do be forewarned that there are very graphic rape/violence scenes in the first part of the book - a bit more than is warranted, I believe. But there are also tender scenes later in the story - quite a dichotomy.

There was quite a dichotomy on main protagonists, too. First there is Brooklyn, sheltered socialite, a little too naive (I definitely pictured her as a blond - I can't remember if her hair color was mentioned).

Then there is Lance, loner by choice, mountain man. I especially enjoyed reading Lance's story and backstory and the descriptions of his living conditions and lifestyle.

And the authors make the story work, even with the savage, bumbling caricatured lowlifes that kidnap Brook. All the characters are well-drawn, sometimes too much so.

The story between Brook and Lance was very well done, a quirky romance growing from violence and pure chance.

I won't go into details on either ending but the author(s) wrote an alternate ending to the book Betrayed - Alternate Ending that I thought fit the rest of the story better. At least the alternate ending gave me a more satisfied feeling when I finished it. The first ending felt rather rushed and tacked on.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By beachbaby on November 16, 2011
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Betrayed was a highly emotional story. There is rape in this so reader beware! Lots of vividly detailed description not only with the violence or Brook's wounds but also the mountain scenery and snowfall. I could easily picture all of the characters. Parts of this book were very brutal but other parts were simply touching. It was hard to put down because I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2012
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I guess I must come to (vice) grips (no pun intended) with the fact that I'm a voyeur! I'm not entirely comfortable with this insight, but in reading WODKE HAWKINSON'S thriller BETRAYED, I have to admit I began reading this novel with the insight that it would be dangerous...and it was! I downloaded this book months ago and only recently plucked it from my Kindle list and began reading, no, a better adjective...devouring this thriller...I was hooked, I couldn't put it down. And, yes (not to spoil anything...but) the scenes in the beginning are graphic, violent and...unfortunatley...kept my eyes glued to the page. (Thus my brave announcement) But, at the perfect moment, the author's knew when to draw back and breath a much needed sigh of relief. And, that heroic moment came with a gentile mountain man (HUGH JACKMAN) named LANCE! Of course, the novel set me up to know this, but the love story that follows is sensitive, sweet, full of character insight and just, plain beautiful. The quietude of the snow laddened cottage was romantic and safe and full of fantasy. (I want to go!) And, the developing story of two kindred, off-beat characters meeting in the worst of scenerios was really...enchanting. I felt that I was reading two different novels, the authors had such a good way of creating believable characters. Only one slight afterthought...the ending (I have not read the new ending these awesome writers are advertising)was a shall I put it...quick. I felt they wanted to tidy everything up. What I wanted was REVENGE. From Brooklyn against her no-good, horrific husband for BETRAYING her in the way he did. I would have brought a gun to the party! But, perhaps a lawyer is all you need in these troubled, shark infested waters! Can't wait to hold hostage this dynamic duos next offering. I am a FAN. Devout and subserviant, masters! Please!

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