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Her honest restructuring of a life and finding her self worth is reflected in how her two children grow into themselves away from Don, and I liked how her original training as a curtain maker reflected her circumstances. Betrayal follows the story of Eve, a mother doing everything she can to keep herself and her children alive while in an abusive marriage.

I really need to read more of Lesley's backlist as this is probably my second favourite of the ones I've read. Despite all the nastiness thrown at them, they've chosen to rise above it and make a better life for themselves.The beatings that Eve took are not the only shocking thing to happen and I didn't see the other thing coming so that was a complete surprise. It was definitely fast paced and written really well; the characters felt really familiar after the first 100 pages. She moves away to a new place, having money and a growing sewing business and a couple of lovey dovey flings with 2 new men that helped her with her new house. She knows she needs to get away from Don, for her children not to grow up in a home where domestic violence is common place.

Characters are forced to revaluate everything, and secrets are brought to the fore and the subject matter is hard hitting and in your face. With Lesley Pearse's reputation for grippy, gritting stories that never shy away from the seamier side of life, I was expecting distressing themes from Betrayal.

Fear has made her obedient for far too long and she wonders what would the neighbours say if she left Don? We see that sometimes the people closest to us can hurt us the most and how total strangers can become the best of friends! Before I jump into this review, I must stress that Ms Pearse doesn't shy away from the distressing themes in Betrayal. Linda’s Book Bag readers should note that they may unsubscribe at any point from following the blog.

Lesley had an extra-ordinary childhood and skilfully marries the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling. This is clearly not the first time he has bestowed this casually bloody act on Eve, but the effect it has on her is to determine that it will be his last. She goes to the police and gets in touch with a social worker who helps her leave London to flee to a refuge in Sidmouth. She is naturally reserved having being brought up not to tell tales but finally she garners enough courage to go to the police and report what has been happening to her. One scene in particular, although the event is told only in one paragraph had a deep and lasting effect on me and it made the overall tone of the book change.Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.

A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. Eve is married to Don and they have two children however not everything is as it seems and after she divorced him Eve hopes she and her children can get their life back however things don’t exactly work out and Eve could be in serious trouble .

They were joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Time passed and it felt as if the chapters were just detailing the normal/usual events in their lives and how they were adapting to their new situation as well as detailing building progress with the new house. I loved this book, I cared so deeply for the characters and the ending, even though it was a good ending for the characters, it was human, not a fairytale ending but one of absolution. Betrayal looks at the worst kind of domestic violence and does so with a sharp eye for detail and a sympathetic way of recounting a story which is all too familiar namely that of women who are scared of the consequences of leaving a violent partner.

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