7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful and excellently written,
This review is from: Betrayal (Paperback)
I really enjoyed "Betrayal" by Clare Francis. As the story begins, we see the signs of a marriage on the rocks. The husband, Hugh, is overly busy managing a corporate buyout and his sickly but socially-aspiring wife, Ginny, wants and needs him to pay more attention to what's happening at home. An explanation is offered fairly early on that Hugh has had a short-term affair with a woman from his past. What makes "Betrayal" so different is the author's effective treatment of the aftereffects of this affair as she examines what both Hugh and Ginny are willing to do to repair their relationship. They become entwined in a web of lies so complex that Ginny is willing to cover up for what she sees as Hugh's murder of his mistress. The major characters in "Betrayal" are flawed and I really enjoyed Clare Francis' treatment of the extended family relationships in Hugh's life. As other reviewers commented, the whodunit element is tied up rather neatly (resulting in my 4-star rating) but overall this was a thoughtful mystery and I look forward to more from Clare Francis.