It gives me great pleasure to host Lauren North and ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Transworld for the ARC, and thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:
‘I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.’
After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope. When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world. She is the perfect friend to Tess and Jamie, but when Jamie’s behaviour starts to change, and Tess starts to forget things, she begins to suspect that Shelley might not be the answer to their problems afterall. When questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?
What does TWG think?
Now obviously I don’t wish to give anything from the storyline away and, as much as I would love to sit here and talk about the parts of the book which had my jaw dropping quicker than a Kardashian’s underwear, the element of surprise is what makes ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ such an outstanding read.
Tess is struggling – her life is no longer what it used to be and whilst she’s not just having to deal with the obvious and physical changes in her life, poor Tess is having to succumb to the emotional truth of the matter which can often be a lot harder to come to terms with.
The conclusion of ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ seemed to come out of nowhere – maybe I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t and I loved that I didn’t. Lauren North is an exceptionally talented author who made Tess’ life stand out from the rest in more ways than one. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t moved by certain situations in the story, because I was – in all honesty, I would have been very surprised at myself if I hadn’t felt some sort of emotional reaction to the truth behind Tess’ life.
‘The Perfect Betrayal’ is a novel which just keeps on giving. A novel which puts emotional, gritty, psychological suspense in the spotlight in a jaw dropping manner. I LOVED this book and if this is the calibre of what’s to come from Lauren North, I cannot wait to read more.
Absolutely brilliant, a gritty gem of a book which blew my mind ten times over. Top book of 2019? It’s a contender, that’s for sure!! I cannot recommend this enough!