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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 resurface 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. ...

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The Betrayal Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-06-08 07:19

    Nadine's kids are all leaving the nest. Her and her husband Jake's business is on the skids and she starts looking back at her life. Nadine decides that her marriage is over but that she and Jake can have an easy, happy divorce.She is interesting in living the life she didn't get to live and starting back to creating art while Jake wants to start up his teenage rockband again.Their kids don't really understand why their parents are separating but they are all grown and pretty much on their own so mom and dad don't worry too much about them.But a woman from the past is starting to catch Jake's attention.Karin Moylan used to be Nadine's best friend before it all went sour one summer when they were fifteen years old. Now she is seeing Jake. She believes that Jake was taken from her by Nadine. That stupid Nadine just took everything from her. *sarcasm* That's what love does, Jake. It fills us with the need to possess and cherish those dearest to us.Jake begins to realize that all is not as it should be with Karin and then she starts inserting herself into the kids lives and popping up when she shouldn't be.Jake should not have been thinking with his "other head."I actually almost dnf'd the book because there is so much info in it that I kept thinking I would never finish it. When the action does pick up it turns into an interesting book but lots of talky-talking.Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.I love this review here for the book so that is the one I'm spotlight this time. (None of my friends have braved this one yet)

  • Elaine
    2019-06-08 11:15

    5 Excellent Psychological And Suspenseful Stars This is Obsession and Betrayal at its best.... Jake and Nadine after 25 years of marriage decide to honour a pact they made in their teens, that once the children had left home if they still felt the need to pursue their own dreams they would be free to do just that.The perfect divorceWhilst Nadine takes a while to find her feet, Jake starts a relationship with an old school friend of Nadine's Karin Moyes But Nadine and Karin have a past, a past that Jake only knows parts of. A past that could destroy everything...But its not long until he realises that Karin is not a woman to be messed with...Her actions are both chilling and creepy...but how long until they surface.His family may well be the scapegoats of dark history between these two women.My Thoughts This is my first book byLaura Elliot and I was very impressed with her consuming storytelling. It first draws you into Nadine and Jakes married life and their reasons for parting. I'm not sure either really knew what would lie ahead for them both.You can feel at times the hesitation sometimes in their voice.I loved the way that his relationship slowly built up with Karin, the sexual desire at first then the tense and obsessive way that Karin was becoming.Once again an excellent 5 Star read..

  • Kelsi H
    2019-05-20 07:19

    Please read more of my reviews at!The subtitle of this book is “a gripping tale of psychological suspense,” but I think that might be a little bit overstated. There is some suspense, and certainly some emotionally unbalanced characters, but it wasn’t as thrilling as I think it was meant to be. It reminded me of Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train, but without the satisfying and surprising resolution in the end. That being said, The Betrayal is still a fun, escapist summer read. It was addictive and fast-paced, without much depth. Nadine and Jake married at a very young age due to an unexpected pregnancy. Instead of the misery this might create, they actually had a fairly happy marriage, with four children altogether. However, they have now become empty-nesters before the age of forty, and they are both still living with many unfulfilled dreams. It seems like the perfect time to sell their business, move to separate homes, and start over. All goes well for a while, although the dramatic scenes seemed to happen very quickly, while other, less important scenes dragged on and on. The characters were well developed for the most part, allowing the reader to know them and care what happens to them. However, the slow pace was caused by too much family drama, especially considering the thriller genre that this novel seems to want to be a part of.Nadine moves on from Jake with a successful career and travel to Alaska. Jake moves on with a beautiful woman – who turns out to be a psychotic ex-friend of Nadine’s, determined to get revenge for events that are only slowly revealed to us. As her obsession grows, we learn more about the dark secrets of the summer that Nadine and Karin’s friendship ended. But that’s only the beginning – once Jake learns the truth about Karin and tries to end it, she ingratiates herself into their lives in unbelievable ways.This is a great summer novel, and I would certainly read more by this author, with the expectation that they will be similar thriller/beach reads. One thing that did elevate this from other novels like it was the beautifully descriptive settings of Ireland and Alaska – I felt very drawn into the world of the characters. Overall, I enjoyed the thrill ride of this novel, and I would recommend it.I received this book for free from Bookouture and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-06-16 14:32

    Obsession and Betrayal are two things that go together, you just can't beat it.Nadine is now divorced from her husband, they were married young and they have come to th end of the road basically. Nadine is slowly adjusting while Jake is having a relationship with what was Nadine's ex best buddy. Karin Moyes.Not the best move on Jakes part I thought.Jake knows some of the reasons why they are not friends now, so can he use this information when needed?Karin is not a woman to be messed with, she can't be pushed around, oh no, too headstrong for that.This is an unnerving read, manipulative, jealousy, bully with all the ingredients to make a fab story. Great psychological adventure this. Do you remember Fatal Attraction?It's got all the elements of that. My thanks to Bookoutour for my copy via Net Galley

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-05-19 06:15

    I have read and loved all of Laura Elliott’s books and when I heard there talk of a new one, I had to have it. And wow, what a wonderful, rollercoaster of a ride this book was! Whenever I read a book by Laura Elliott, I know I am going to be entertained, that I am going to be lost, that I will not look up until I have reached the last page and that once I have done so, I will want to go back and begin again. This book was no different. The writing is so beautiful and the story so addictive that you have to keep turning the pages, even as you want to slow down and savour every beautifully written word. Laura Elliott writes with care, each word chosen to best effect. She writes with love, the emotions of the characters flowing off the page and lodging in your heart. Like with all of her other tales, I loved and lived this book. Thank you, Laura Elliott for this amazing story. Please write more. I am waiting.

  • Sharon
    2019-06-14 07:22

    This book reminded me of the movie Fatal Attraction, which I saw at least three decades ago – a heart-stopping psychological thriller that has you biting your nails in anguish. And yes, I couldn’t help but imagine Glenn Close in the role of the Other Woman – the stalker who edges herself into a marriage and just won’t let go. Glenn might be too old for the role to date, but this novel would make a terrific movie with a younger, just as chilling version of her!

  • Jules
    2019-05-18 08:36

    The Betrayal: A gripping novel of psychological suspense is true to its title.I found this to be a rather unnerving and sometimes very emotional psychological read, with aspects of manipulation, bullying, jealousy and dark secrets.The main characters are well developed and believable. I found myself connecting with Nadine, and feeling very uncomfortable about Karin and what she might do, and felt this story had a Fatal Attraction feel to it throughout.This is a great book for fans of psychological suspense, and I'm definitely be interested in other books by this author having read this one.I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Helen
    2019-05-18 14:11

    U will have seen it or read it before , don't understand the really high rating on these novels that aren't overly clever ,more like a life time movie of dodgy stalker woman with axe to grind who's unhinged seduces male lead and then stalks and intrudes on the family ,man regrets decision , rarararararararara , it's ok ,but not worth the high score as its not original at all

  • Sarah
    2019-05-29 07:16

    Having settled down so early in their lives, Nadine and Jake decide to part ways and lead their own lives. As it’s something that they both want, parting should be a smooth process, shouldn’t it?The Betrayal is a story that is told between Nadine and Jake. Having decided that they are both going to go their own way, Jake bumps into Karin who Nadine used to be best friends with at school. It isn’t long before Karin and Jake start up a relationship but it doesn’t take long for Jake to realise what a big mistake it was to get involved with the stunning and confident Karin.From the start it’s obvious that Karin has issues, especially with the way she treated her supposedly best friend Nadine in their childhood. The reasoning why they are no longer friends is something that is slowly revealed to the reader as we read on through the book.The author has created an enthralling read which made me reminisce slightly of the film Fatal Attraction. Karin is certainly a strong character and very much a force to be reckoned with, who I for one certainly would not want to get on the wrong side of.The Betrayal certainly makes for a tense read that had me at times literally on the edge of my seat.I have read a few of this author’s books now and have enjoyed them all, if you haven’t read any yet you really don’t know what your missing out on.Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-05-21 09:17

    Loved this book. Any book that has my stomach churning in knots of dread and characters you want to punch in the face is always going to be devoured eagerly within a matter of days. Now to move the rest of this authors books up my TBR pile

  • Anna
    2019-06-08 10:32

    Rating: 3.5 stars Teenagers Nadine and Karin were inseparable and spent one particular summer flirting with and competing for Jake, a wannabe rockstar. But something happened that summer which bitterly tore the girls apart; they never spoke again. Twenty five years, four children and a successful business later, Nadine and Jake have just started divorce proceedings. They married young and although they still remain friends, they've simply outgrown each other. Their separation is all very amicable, until a scheming Karin re-enters their lives..... With a tagline of 'a gripping novel of psychological suspense,' the blurb saying 'the truth, when it is revealed, could destroy them all' and definite echoes of Fatal Attraction, I was really enjoying this, an easy 4 stars. As Karin intricately weaves her way into the family I read with an increasing feeling of dread - what would her final vengeful act be? Big and crazy? Or subtle and terrifying? But when it - and the reveal - came it was a case of 'is that it?' It was such a let down and I felt cheated. After such a tight build up, the last few chapters could and should have been so much more. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'll read more as I enjoyed her style and impending sense of delicious doom. Just have to hope that next time the ending lives up to the plotting.

  • Kim
    2019-06-06 14:19

    Jake and Nadine married very young and now that their youngest children have gone off to college they think it is time to pursue their own personal dreams. They need to sell the family home and business and then she will have time to be herself for the first time since she was 17. Jake wants to reform his band and tour.A woman from the past enters their lives again and you wonder what happened all those years ago when they fell out. She causes all sorts of devastation and turmoil- and you wonder how much she's capable of.I couldn't put this book down- desperate to find out what was going to happen next. You could just sense the evil lurking in the pages. I have a couple more of Laura Elliot's books on my kindle and I will be very keen to read more.

  • Alafair
    2019-05-21 08:27

    Story draggedNadine and Jake marry as teens after finding out they're expecting a baby. They raise 4 children and once the kids are grown and all moved out, Nadine and Jake decide to separate. They married so young and missed out on so much they set off to see what life is like being apart.Karin is a friend from Nadine's teen years. The friendship ended badly and they haven't spoken in years. Now Karin is back in the picture and their lives will never be the same.This story went on and on. I thought it would never end. So much boring filler information that was useless. I was able to finish it, but it was challenging. I got to the point where I didn't even care for the characters. Not a good read for me.

  • Carmel Harrington
    2019-05-26 06:12

    Pageturner!Really enjoyed this read, I galloped my way through it. Lots of twists and a thoroughly evil baddie. Great to visit some favourite locations in Dublin with Jake and Nadine too.

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2019-05-19 09:20

    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.

  • Lynn Mccarthy
    2019-05-24 13:21

    This story follows Nadine and Jake (and lets not forget Karen) who had to get married when Nadine got pregnant.Then 25 years later and 2 more children they decide to follow there dreams that they had before getting pregnant,but Nadine doesn't bank on her old friend Karen coming back into there life and starting an affair with her husband.Karen is the scary character if you have heard of Fatal Attraction and i am sure most know it Karen is it.Does there Marriage survive Karen who is a scheming and manipulative person?Read the book and find out.What a great Family thriller enjoyed reading this story the first i have read by this Author but not the last.Thanks to the Author and Netgalley for a chance to read this book for an honest review.

  • Christine
    2019-06-06 10:29

    Nadine and Jake married at a young age. Jake lead singer in his group Shard. Four grown up children all left home. A business Tonality selling instruments in trouble with the recession hitting them. A marriage of 25 years but decide to part amicably and follow their own dreams. What possibly could go wrong? Karin Moylan!!!Jake meets up with Karin Moylan an old friend of Nadines if you can call her that by the end of the story. Slowly the story unfolds of what happened at Monsheelagh Bay that summer back when Nadine and Karin were 15.I loved how this story involved all the family, not only the three main characters.A riveting read, thoroughly enjoyed it just as the title says a gripping novel of physocolgical suspense.

  • Jackie Roche
    2019-06-13 14:22

    I have read "Fragile Lies" by Laura Elliot so when I saw "The Betrayal" was available on NetGalley I had to request it.I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and open review.What struck me about this book was the fact that the scenario could happen.We hear, alternatively, from Nadine and Jake. Gradually we learn more about their relationship and how Karin is involved.Laura Elliot has the ability to create characters who are totally believable, but not all are particularly nice.I loved this book and will continue to read more of Laura Elliot's books.

  • Sandra
    2019-05-22 06:37

    Nadine & Jake Saunders married young after Nadine discovered she was pregnant. Their four children have flown the nest and they realise they have grown apart and decide to set each other free.Jake embarks on an affair with beautiful Karin Moylan who used to be best friends with his wife until one summer in their teens something happens which destroys their friendship.Karin is obsessed with Jake and destroying Nadine and everything they hold dear. Fast paced with believable characters and loads of twists and turns. I loved it. Now off to check out Laura's other novels.

  • Kelly Ruffalo
    2019-05-30 07:23

    This book was really good...but the ending left me a little sad and disappointed :) :(

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-28 11:30

    The Betrayal by Laura Elliot features a normal family in Ireland. Nadine and Jake were forced into a teenage marriage by pregnancy, had four children and run their own business. The children are now all adults and are following their individual dreams. The business has been badly hit by the recession and Nadine is getting cold feet about its future and their marriage.When she drops Jake off at the airport she sees a face from the past, one that she wishes she would never see again. Karin used to be her best friend when they were at school but something happened on a holiday that destroyed their friendship and Nadine's life was left in tatters.Karin is a dangerous person and not at all likeable. Nadine wasn't the only one who suffered through her actions, both in the flashbacks and in life now. She was very manipulative and would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. There were quite a few times throughout the tale that I felt on edge, not knowing what she would do next. The tension that all the characters, especially Jake felt was very convincing. I did guess at how it would end but didn't see the full reasons why, and one part I got completely wrong. This is the third novel I have read by this author and my favourite one so far. I found it to be a novel that was very easy to read, very addictive and I loved the way that Ireland and Alaska were described. A great read, especially for a holiday. It is one that you could quite easily read in one sitting.With thanks to the publisher for the copy received for review.

  • Victoria Lucking
    2019-06-01 09:39

    I found this book to be quite disappointing actually it really aggravated me. Firstly, who names their twins Sam and Samantha? That's ridiculous. Could she not if thought of any other names? Why did all the characters have to be so successful within their fields? Twins that are training for Gold? Do me a favour, in real life the would be lucky to do the cross country at Crystal Palace whilst working part time in JD Sports. Brian is an award winning potter? Are you kidding me? How many people do you know are able to do pottery as a full time occupation let alone owning a gallery in London and winning prestigious awards. Now we get to Ali, ok so she is an actress but a successful west end star who also managed to land herself a part in a to show all whilst dealing with a premature baby? Give me a break, in reality she would be going for a million auditions a week and working in TGI Fridays. I'm not going to even discuss the ridiculousness of Eleanor, Nadine and Jakes financial situation but all I will say is, seriously, who would actually live in a shipping container and did they crap out money in the first place? I reckon Jake sold crack to kids to finance their lifestyles. Anyway, the whole story was way to ridiculous to even fathom. It was obvious what was going to happen and the ending was just an easy way out? Did the author get bored and want to finish it off quickly? Maybe she decided to take up pottery instead.

  • I read novels
    2019-05-18 14:31

    The reason I wanted to read The Betrayal is that I liked the story line as I love reading novels about marriage and affairs.I loved the storyline Jake Saunders in his younger days was once in a band and met a young girl Karin Moylan. When the band split up Jake married Nadine. Years later by chance Jake meets Karin Moylan on a plane. Jake begins an affair with Karin, but what Jake doesn't know is that Nadine and Karin were old school friends. And by chance Nadine is about to meet up with Karin again. The Betrayal is in a top league of it's own. I totally disagree with what is on the back of this book that if you devoured Girl on the Train and The Husband's Secret and Gone Girl then make sure this is the book you pick up next. The Betrayal is nothing like The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. The Betrayal should be read as Laura Elliot is a very good author and if you are a lover of reading novels about affairs and marriage problems like I am then this is right up your street. I did feel that the story was a little too long. But I would really like to read Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot.I fully recommend The Betrayal by Laura Elliot.

  • Fiona
    2019-05-21 12:14

    Hooked from the very first page this book had me not sure if I wanted to storm ahead and finish it or take my time and savour every last word. Written in two timelines and with the main characters having a chapter to themselves, this made it one of my favourite styles of writing. I could have wept for Nadine and Jake, initially thrown together by teenage circumstances and as adults trying to make the best of it for their family, both believing that a comment made earlier in their marriage was something they could follow through. A chance meeting with their old friend Karin from their teenage years throws everything into turmoil. Karin was well portrayed and as the story unfolded I became more and more uneasy with her appearances. . The plot and characters were well weaved together and the suspense well built up, starting off slowly and rushing to a surprising end for me. Dark and gripping I shall be recommending this to all my book loving friends .5 ***** read for me !Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read this in advance.

  • Donna
    2019-05-28 06:34

    I Was really pleased to receive this to read on return for an honest review. I have never been disappointed by Laura Elliots books and this one definitely delivered. Jake and Nadine started off married life young, forced together when Nadine discovered she was pregnant. They spent years building their family, home and business but both always felt something was lacking. While on a business trip Jake bumped into Karin, Nadines best friend from childhood. Karin had always held a torch for Jake and harboured deep resentment at him marrying Nadine. Nadine and Jake agreed their marriage was no longer working and maybe it was time to part ways amicably. Now was the time for Karin to get what she always wanred, she would go to all lengths to claim what she believes is rightfully hers. This book follows Karins determination to be part of Jakes life, the story keeps you wanting more,a real page turner

  • michelle
    2019-05-17 08:12

    After marrying in their teens after an unexpected pregnancy. Nadine and Jake decide to part ways after all the children have flown the nest. They wanted to split the business that they have built up together and Jake wants to reform the band that was going places, before Nadine got pregnant. Jake meets up with an old friend Karin, that used to be Nadine's best friend when they where in their teens. But an argument that Nadine doesn't want to talk about split their friendship. Jake rekindles the friendship and they end up having an affair while Nadine and his divorce goes through.Suddenly there is a case of fatal attraction as Karin is jealous of Nadine's life and old secrets come out of the cupboard.I thought this story was ok but It was entertaining throughout but, the story went on far to long and nothing original about it. I was also quite disappointed of the ending. The author built the story so much up and the for me the ending was medicore.

  • Nolene Driscoll
    2019-06-09 14:18

    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.Nadine and Karin were best friends at school until something happened during one summer holiday. One day whilst dropping her husband, Jake, off at the airport Nadine thinks she catches a glimpse of Karin. At the airport Jake meets the mysterious and fascinating Karin which sets in motion a set of circumstances leading to tragedy.What happened to make Nadine never speak to her friend again? What happened to make Karin do what she did and become the person she did?A good psychological thriller with well thought out characters and excellent build up. A couple of really devious twists but also some quite tragic events. Fans of psychological thrillers will certainly enjoy this and I wonder if they came to the same conclusion that I did.

  • Sue McQuaide Kitt
    2019-06-08 10:39

    I loved everything about this book, from the steady pace to the suspense that kept me wanting to keep reading till finished. I found most of the characters very likeable, especially Jake and Nadine, and enjoyed the fact that all the family was also involved and found the characters very believable. Getting married at a very early age and after having four children, Jake and Nadine decide to separate and find their freedom, a decision they eventually regret as their lives are threatened to be destroyed by the past.This is my second book by Laura Elliot and look forward to reading more. I can highly recommend this very suspenseful, page turning book.Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read this 5* book in advance

  • Dianne Ascroft
    2019-05-28 10:25

    A complex and perceptive psychological exploration of the vulnerability of teens and the repercussions that can result from betrayals of trust. The story follows the interconnected lives of Nadine and Jake Saunders, and Karen Moyes from the heady days of teen lust and infatuation to its riveting outcome years later.The novel is gripping and always takes the unexpected route through the story. It’s a powerful and disturbing story but, when finished reading it, I was left with an affirming sense that it never has to be too late for a relationship. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel. Be prepared to hold your breath for pages at a time.

  • Irene
    2019-05-25 14:31

    Nadine and Jake have been married for years and have 4 children (the first being the reason they wed) who have now fled the nest. A chance meeting with Karin (an old friend of both when they were teens) - a very destructive old friend leads to them splitting up. Loved this - weak Jake, the awful Karin and Nadine who should have spoken up at the start. Never mind biting finger nails - I was biting my knuckles! Didn't want to put this down wondering what the obsessive Karin would do next. After this introduction to Laura Ellliott I definitely want to read her other books. Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC.