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The main character, Eve was a mother, trying to protect herself and two children and how she was pushed to the limit by her husband, Don. 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.

It was an extraordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling. I was completely surprised by what occurred and found the storyline that unfolded to be creepy and sinister. I did find from this point on that given the dramatic first quarter of the book that things levelled out and it all became very nice and happy and things were going well and smooth sailing for Eve and the children. I am delighted to be joining the blog tour today in celebration of Lesley Pearse’s 31st novel (what an extraordinary achievement) with an extract to share with you all and further details about Betrayal. 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 thought the violence of Don and George’s loathsome behaviour was perfectly balanced by Olly’s sensitivity and Tom’s down-to-Earth nature. Setting up a new life for herself and her children isn't easy for Eve but with sheer grit and determination she takes them out of poverty and into a more settled existence except that Eve is burdened by a dreadful secret which overshadows her future happiness.

What I loved more than anything about this book was that it was so easy to read, even considering the difficult subject matter. 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. They were joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children. 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.Lesley Pearse’s new book Betrayal tackles many difficult, hard hitting subjects and it’s a lot darker than I had expected it to be.

Betrayal is the new release from Lesley Pearse where she introduces us to Eve who has been the victim of domestic abuse and it doesn’t stop at her because Don has raised his hand to their son now too.

Just be warned though — it deals with domestic abuse and grooming which may be triggering for some readers. She heard a faint crack and knew that, once again, her ribs had broken, but even as she wanted to scream out in agony, she felt the heaven-sent wooziness of unconsciousness. Fear has made her obedient for far too long and she wonders what would the neighbours say if she left Don? Published by Penguin’s Michael Joseph on 6th July 2023, Betrayal is available for purchase through the links here. This also means that's she has surpressed trust issues and can't fully commit to another romance in the future.

Eve is seen by, and supported by women-the act of biology in being born a woman leaves you open to abuse and betrayal in a way that men cannot understand the vulnerability that we live with on a daily basis. Obviously a word of warning should be said as this book does contain some situations which might be a trigger for some, and if this is the case, you may want to avoid reading it. This book didn’t disappoint me either, I do love how how this author has brought her stories and plots upto modern age. Betrayal’s themes make it a disturbing read at times, but Lesley Pearse handles them with clarity and sensitivity making it a compelling read.Indeed, there’s a sense of threat that permeates the whole story so that the book has an edginess to it that I really enjoyed.

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