Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Betrayals by Fiona Neil





None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk coast.

Best friends Rosie and Lisa's families had always been inseparable.

But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie's husband Nick.

And now, after years of silence, she sends Rosie a letter begging for help. A letter which exposes dark secrets.

Daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel.

Teenage son Max blames himself for everything that happened that long hot summer.

And Nick must confront his own version of events.



Lisa has betrayed her best friend Rosie in the worst possible way, she has stolen her husband.

The two couples and their children holiday together every year until the year when Lisa and Nick develope a liking for each other. 

Rosie's daughter Daisy has anxiety and OCD and these events are the start of a downward spiral for her  and it nearly kills her mother coping with it. Her brother Max has always been her protector but as he gets older he realizes that by helping her he is also enabling her continue with her OCD.

Years later and Daisy is well again but a letter that comes in the post from Lisa to her mum sets off her illness and no one feels able to cope with it all over again.

This story is told from four different viewpoints so we get perspective on how things are interpreted by each person. I learned quite a lot about O.C.D which must be horrific to live with. Nick,in the story is doing research on memory and how it works and it fitted in with the story well as we learn about false memory and how people who recall everything in great detail from the past aren't always right.

I sympathized with Max and the heavy weight that his sister's illness has placed upon him as well as his own grief over his parent's divorce. 

I did find this hard to put down and I enjoy books where I learn something. It also has a surprising ending. This is the first book I've read by this author but she has a few published on Amazon. 

Out in paperback or kindle .

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Betrayals-Richard-Judy-Book-Club-ebook/dp/B01DQBOAO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510852406&sr=8-1&keywords=the+betrayals+by+fiona+neill




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