#BookReview of The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North @lauren_c_north @annecater @Transworldbooks #theperfectbetrayal

Posted March 11, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 9 Comments

The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North
Published by Transworld Digital on March 14, 2019
Pages: 356
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'A captivating, suspenseful thriller that draws you in - with a twist that will take your breath away.' TM Logan, bestselling author of Lies

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'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.

But 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?

Today I am kicking off another tour and this time with Rachel at Rachel Read it, so please do be sure to see what she has to say about this book!!

My Review

I never thought I would say this about a twisty thriller like this but I am crying. My god the wealth of grief in this book is immense but at the same time, it is like a twisty and crazy story unlike any other I have read.

Unreliable narrator -check

Crazy going on – check

Dark and twisty – check

Guess the ending – No way!!

In my head, I had a feeling I knew where it was going, but I realised at the end I really did not. Looking back you see how something’s has been laid out for you, in your face but because of how things have been worded you ignore it and take it at face value instead of what is really being said. I was shocked!

Problem is I can not tell you anything about the story of The Perfect Betrayal just that you do need to pick it up, in fact, you must! Like I said it made me cry and my heart wrenched because of Tess, what other thriller have you read that can make you say that?

What North has done here is to create a story where nothing is what it seems. A story where you could see that if you were in that same situation that you may act the same way, and in all honesty, I probably would.

Tess, the main character draws you in from the beginning and this is her story. I am attached to her, her grief is real and raw. What you have is one real story with The Perfect Betrayal as even when the seemingly unrealistic happen, it makes perfect sense in the end and you realise nothing is unrealistic. This is the first time I have read a book by North but it is by no means the last! Her writing is just exquisite and she had me hooked from the opening pages and blew me away and made me cry on the closing pages.

It is totally riveting, and with the layout of the different chapters, I completely fell into the one more chapter trap! We have a countdown to an event, witness statements and a recorded conversation, which is all leading us to the finale, a finale where I have no words for apart from it was perfect. It was perfect because it wasn’t a Hollywood ending, it was perfect because it was life and however much you want someone to change you can’t. It was perfect because a part of me knew I would be the same.

This book has left me breathless and speechless and if a book can do that, then it means it has to be a contender for my book of the year for sure!!

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Lauren North

Lauren North writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside.

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9 responses to “#BookReview of The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North @lauren_c_north @annecater @Transworldbooks #theperfectbetrayal

    • Zoé

      Hope you get to try it out because it is a different kind of story then what I was expecting! Thanks for stopping by!

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