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With no money, or family to run to, she bravely summons the courage to escape and is helped by a network of women who give her sanctuary. I don't actually have anything bad to say about it, these just aren't my favourite books of all time! The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. But needless to say, I saw a different side of Eve emerge and this continued for a good chunk of the book. He caught hold of her shoulders, head-butted her, punched her in the stomach so she fell to the floor and then kicked her again and again.

Marianne goes on to be a role model/mother figure for Eve always offering good advice and being there for her when she needs it.Beautifully written from start to finish and never one to shy away from uneasy topics, Betrayal covers some difficult subjects with this author's trademark skill of empathy, sensitivity and cracking good story telling. Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused - their mother had been dead for some time. By the next evening, mum and kids are staying in a women's refuge and major plans to ensure a happier future are in motion. This is a book that reels you in from the first chapter, throwing the reader straight into the heart of the abuse and the sense of danger and urgency flowing through those first few chapters.

Despite the drifting plotline and a crammed conclusion of events, this is classic Lesley Pearse through and through. 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 only wish we would have had more of this much earlier on in the book instead of what I would term the lull that did occur. I was a bit wary of reading this one as the previous few books I’ve read by Lesley Pearse I must admit to struggling with. 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.Opening with a brutal act of violence upon his wife, Donny Hathaway establishes himself as a brute of the worst sort. After one particularly bad beating, and knowing that he is starting to do the same to her son, Olly, Eve plucks up the courage to leave, taking Olly and his sister, Tabby, with her. Just marred for me by the surprising number of mistakes in the ARC copy I read, which is not usual from this publisher, hence 4 stars rather than 5.

It shows how insidiously the coercive control has co-opted Eve's sense of self and her world view, she would stay for the sake of shame and social propriety than leave.

But still she harbours a secret that if it came out it would ruin her and certainly later her new found friends opinion of her. All she wants is the best for her children, even if she's weighed down with such a burden that she can't share. A strong piece of writing and storytelling that has the power to transport you and invite you into the drama. This book tackles many triggering themes (domestic abuse, grooming, child abuse, suicide) in a beautifully sympathetic way.

The reader is forced to sit up and start forming their own judgements and it was fascinating to see how things were unfolding.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.

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