A perfect divorce. A new flame. And a deadly obsession.
Nadine and Jake Saunders were married as 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 Moylan. 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.
Every now and then, a book comes along with a blurb that attracts me like a magnet. 'The Betrayal' by Laura Elliot is one such book. As soon as I read its blurb, I wanted to start the book at once.
Imagine you're swimming alone in the middle of a dark lake. At one point you feel something brushing against your feet and you're suddenly aware that there's a huge crocodile going round in circles around you and lurking beneath your feet, waiting, watching you... but you can't see it. You however know that at any moment it will suddenly snap at you and pull you down. Now, this book has nothing to do with crocs and lakes but the creepy situation in which Nadine and Jake find themselves in by the end can be compared to this scenario.
Nadine and her husband Jake Saunders were married very young. Now, many years later, their children have grown and left. Having tolerated an unhappy marriage for a long time, they agree to have an amicable separation.
"The past does matter. That's the trouble with it. Like elastic, it can only be stretched so far before it recoils and slaps one in the face. Twack!"
But the past has come back to haunt Nadine Saunders and hidden secrets will see the light of day. A woman from Nadine's past has resurfaced out of the blue. Karin Moylan was Nadine's best friend, but one Summer, a long time ago, something terrible happened. Something that destroyed their friendship for ever. What happened back then in Monsheelagh? What does Karin want from Nadine now? Why did she come back?
"The kingfisher is a beautiful bird. Deadly and aggressive."
Jake had forgotten what it was like to have fun and so when he 'accidentaly' meets the gorgeous Karin, he's swept off his feet and starts an intensive relationship with her. Little does he know that soon he will find himself like the fish in the kingfisher's beak struggling to be free. But Jake is just the first victim of the kingfisher...
Well, this book was a pleasure to read. It is a very suspenseful story showing what toxic friendships, jealousy, bullying and obsessions can lead to. It is beautifully written dragging the reader into the story and keeping them on their toes. The author did a great job characterwise. All characters are brought to life with realistic personalities and dialogues. I'm just glad I didn't meet Karin in real life. I liked the way in which the author unfurls the secret of what happened in the past little by little and I really liked the way everything is tied up at the end.
Now that I've finished the book, I can say that the blurb kept its promise. This book is a spine-tingling, at times dramatic, read that has kept me hooked from start to finish. This was my first Laura Elliot book and it certainly won't be my last.
With thanks to the awesome guys at Bookouture and NetGalley for approving my request to read this book.
About the Author
Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist and lives in the coastal town of Malahide, Co. Dublin. Her three novels are The Prodigal Sister, Stolen Child and Fragile Lies (originally published under the title Deceptions) which is due for release in mid-February. She loves travelling. The beautiful South Island of New Zealand was the inspiration for her setting in The Prodigal Sister. The Burren, a karst-landscape, rich in history and archaeology in the county of Clare became the mysterious setting for Stolen Child. She gives regular creative writing workshops and is currently working on her latest novel. She has also worked as a journalist and editor.
For more details check http://lauraelliotauthor.com/