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Betray Her: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a heart-pounding twist Kindle Edition
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An intoxicating read. A thrilling blend of social drama and crime thriller. Recommended!―David Stuart Davies
An absorbing and highly enjoyable modern morality tale about a toxic friendship with a heart of darkness. Caroline has a real gift for creating characters you genuinely care about.―Judith O?Reilly
A totally absorbing read that's beautifully written, where lives and secrets slowly unravel―Elisabeth Carpenter
A simmering cocktail of betrayal, lust and deceit in this explosively plotted thriller about family secrets and broken friendship―Sanjida Kay
Though twisty and turny, this is one to really savour as with Caroline (like in her previous books) it's all about the beautiful writing. Wonderful―Louise Beech
Praise for Caroline England:
I was gripped immediately―Katerina Diamond
I finished it in hours! Truly a terrific read!―Martina Cole
Caroline England writes with real conviction about the strengths and limits of female friendship. Betray Her is a compelling, twisty tale that lovers of psychological crime fiction will relish―Kate Rhodes --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Caroline Englandwas born and brought up in Yorkshire and studied Law at the University of Manchester. She was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer before leaving the law to bring up her three daughters and turning her hand to writing. Caroline is the author ofThe Wife's Secret, previously calledBeneath the Skin, and the top-ten ebook bestsellerMy Husband's Lies.Betray Heris her third novel. She lives in Manchester with her family.
To find out more about Caroline, visit her website www.carolineenglandauthor.co.uk
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- Publication date : March 14, 2019
- File size : 817 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Publisher : Piatkus (March 14, 2019)
- ASIN : B07XXSV9CY
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, to be fair, I thought that it was a well-written, well thought-out novel with some interesting plot twists. I must also admit that I am new to psychological thrillers and do not usually read such dark tales, so perhaps this just isn't the right genre for me.
Basically it is a well-known story about love and betrayal with some surprises thrown in but I had a little trouble keeping concentrated while reading. There is so much not going on... there is so much thinking aloud, and drinking, drinking, drinking. This is the second book in a short time I've read where thirty-something people seem to fill their days with drinking. I have nothing against having a glass or two with friends, but I think it is too easy to have all characters do and say stupid things because they are drunk all the time.
So all in all a nice read but it lacks that 'special feeling' that would have earned it a star more.
But they were kids then… Now they’re approaching forty, and not much has changed. They’re still best friends. Kate still has everything Jo wants. Except this time it’s not wealth or pretty things. This time, Jo wants a family of her own — with Kate’s husband Tom. After all, she knew him first. But she would never hurt Kate just as Kate would never hurt her.
Or would she?
“Betray Her” by Caroline England is the English trifle of psychological thriller novels. The secrets, lies, and revenge go layers-deep… and only get more delicious the further you go. The story weaves back and forth between Kate and Jo’s childhood, teenage years, and adulthood. There are secrets around every turn, and revenge isn’t a dish saved until the end. Not completely.
The book seems slow moving in places, but it’s for a much needed reason. The characters are fully developed and, thus, fully deceptive. Author Caroline England relies on the strong characterizations to create tension and uncertainty, which is the recipe for any good psychological thriller. It’s also the strong characterizations which make the end so unexpected and jaw dropping.
I don’t read many books in one sitting, but I read “Betray Her” in four hours. There was always enough suspense and mystery to make it impossible to put down. The characters are aces at keeping secrets from each other, and England is an ace at keeping secrets from you, the readers. You can’t imagine what’s going to happen. Nothing (and I mean nothing) will prepare you for the final “what the heck just happened” twist at the end.
Thank you so much to Caroline England, her publisher, and her publicist for providing a review copy of “Betray Her".
Jo and Kate are best friends at boarding school. After they are grown-up, it is harder to continue to be best friends. Kate has the perfect life—handsome husband, beautiful daughter and a rich lifestyle. Jo was not so lucky—deceased husband with no child. Jo becomes increasingly obsessed with Kate’s life. How far will she go to attain it for herself? What other secrets will come to light during the frequent flashbacks to their boarding school days?
Betray Her is a well-written rollercoaster ride through two woman’s lifelong friendship. It includes huge quantities of alcohol so if that is a trigger for you, you should probably skip this book. But for others willing to wait a bit for their thrills, this book is a good choice. 4 stars!
Thanks to Little Brown Group UK and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Although I found the pace of the first half too slow for my taste, the second one grabbed my attention and didn't let go till the shocking twist at the end. There are lots of shocking secrets and betrayals with dark undercurrents that kept me thinking for a long time after I finished the book.
Thanks Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
Jo and Kate meet at St. Luke’s private school and immediately strike up a friendship. They’re inseparable, they stand up for each other, and this carries on into later life. But as both of the girls grow older, their lives take them in different directions. Kate has made a success of her life, married to her teenage crush she now lives in a beautiful house, Jo meanwhile is single and has gone through some dark times, but their friendship has still remained intact.
What immediately kept me on my toes was Kate’s husband’s advances towards Jo. Tom becomes desperate to sleep with her, but she doesn’t want to destroy her friendship with Kate, it puts her in a very uncomfortable position. If she comes clean and tells her friend, then that will probably destroy Kate’s marriage. During these scenes, the atmosphere became very tense, and I wondered just how far Tom would be prepared to go to get what he wanted, and if Jo would succumb to his feelings for her.
This is a very dark book. As more details of the characters emerged, I began to understand that they weren’t the type of people who I first thought of them to be. There are some shocking revelations about Kate and Jo’s past in this book, some which readers may find upsetting. From previous novels I’ve read by Caroline England, I can see that friendships and relationships is something she is very good at developing. I became more invested in Jo and Kate as more details about them came to light I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen to them next.
Caroline England’s writing grabs you from the very first page and pulls you into this dark tale about how friendships can turn toxic. This is a tension filled drama that will keep you glued to the page. Dark and twisty, Betray Her makes for an excellent read.
Her last novel, My Husband’s Lies, opened with someone teetering on a hotel window ledge. In the short prologue to Betray Her, a day out in the country takes a nasty turn. No spoilers here, but there’s nothing like a huge shock right at the beginning of a novel to keep you turning the pages! It’s also a reminder that in England’s dark and twisted version of suburbia – or in this case the countryside – life is a dangerous business.
Jo Wragg and Kate Bayden-Jones have been best chums since their first day at boarding school, despite coming from different sides of the track. While Kate was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, butcher’s daughter Jo has to endure the taunts of girls and teachers alike. ‘The Barnsley Ragamuffin,’ according to Matron!
Thirty years on, Kate still seems to have it all; handsome hubby, adorable daughter and an exquisitely furnished farmhouse in the Peak District. Now in her late 30s and widowed, Jo longs for a child…
Moving between past and present, the story is told through Jo’s eyes - unusually for England, whose first two novels employed several narrative voices. From the start, however, there are hints that all is not as it seems. A twisty-turny rollercoaster ride right up to the shock finale! Gripping stuff - her best novel yet!
Kate and Jo have been friends since boarding school, but Kate is manipulative and comes across as nice but is anything but. This book touched on many different issues but all the way through I was rooting for the Yorkshire Jo Wragg to succeed and be happy. Lots of twists that I didn’t see coming thank you to Beth for allowing me to read an ARC copy.