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Betrayal

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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. This book touched and covered so many tough subjects, that are relevant and happening in today's times! International bestselling author Lesley Pearse has lived a life as rich with incidents, setbacks and joys as any found in her novels. 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.

I am a huge Lesley Pearse fan and have read all of her books, I was excited to be asked to read and review Betrayal. I loved the big epic reads of Never Look Back and Trust Me and would love to read something like that again in the future from Lesley.Despite all the nastiness thrown at them, they've chosen to rise above it and make a better life for themselves. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. She couldn’t have been better named as she represents a universality of experience that women have had since the first woman herself. With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried - a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse - and Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children.

Eve decides to permanently move her family to Sidmouth, to finally start over and to work on the interior decorating career she has always wanted. When one particularly scary beating left Eve in a bad way she had to put not just her safety but that of her children first and set the wheels in motion to leave her husband.She has also worked as a nanny and a Playboy bunny, and designed and made clothes to sell to boutiques. This is not a light hearted read it is a storyline that tackles a number of disturbing situations, one in particular made for difficult reading but each situation was weaved into the storyline perfectly creating more depth and drama to the storyline. A little further down the line Eve does something that I think any woman in her position would fully understand but which makes it hard for her to move on with her life.

The book does slow its pace in the middle part of this book as Eve and her children try to live a new normal life but once again the book takes a dramatic turn of events towards the latter part of the book and we are thrown into despair and the adrenalin flows as everything comes to a head. Lesley left home at 15 and headed to London where she worked her way through many jobs – from corsetry sales in Cooks of St. But peace eludes her as she continues to be haunted by the past, and by the dreadful secret she cannot share with anyone.As she begins to put her life back together, her fears that Don will not let her go are realised-but just how far is she prepared to go to protect her children and her newly found freedom? But secrets have a way of following you and Eve soon learns that even in a quaint little fisherman's town like Sidmouth, there are still monsters lurking around every corner. 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.

It's been a long while since I've read a book by this author, despite reading so many of her early books and loving them. The reader is forced to sit up and start forming their own judgements and it was fascinating to see how things were unfolding. Story line was sound and I enjoyed watching Eve and her children develop once they were safe again and had control of their lives.As the book moved on though, I found myself disliking her slightly due to reasons I won't mention for fear of spoilers! By the mid sixties she was living in London, sharing flats, partying hard and married to a trumpet player in a jazz-rock band. There are lots of social and cultural issues which are tackled within the pages of Betrayal-from domestic violence, to financial control, grooming and suicide. I thought the violence of Don and George’s loathsome behaviour was perfectly balanced by Olly’s sensitivity and Tom’s down-to-Earth nature. I’ve read everything that Lesley Pearse has written and for as long as I can remember I look forward each year to the publication of a new book.

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