Today I’m bringing you another two mini reviews for my 20 Books of Summer challenge. First up is book 14 of the challenge, The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North. Then if you read on you can find my review for Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard which is book 15.
ABOUT THE BOOK
‘I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.’
After the sudden death of her husband, Tess Clarke 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?
The Perfect Betrayal was a bit of a slow burner for me, I’m not saying it didn’t work because it did. I guess I just expected something a little different. What I did find is a story that was laid out bit by bit giving me time to get to know Tess and seeing not only her suspicions grow but my own too. I loved that I questioned the actions of all the characters in this book. My mind was constantly on alert and I enjoyed being kept on my toes wondering who I could trust to present the truth. There is this underlying tension throughout, I felt as if I was looking into murky water and not being able to see things clearly.
There is also an emotional side as the book shows Tess in the middle of grieving for her husband. This definitely added a deeper layer to the story as I was completely on her side even if I had my doubts about everything. When I picked up The Perfect Betrayal I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going to go but what I will say is I was taken on an emotive, twisty and at times unsettling journey!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…
So I’m going to start off by saying that this book has easily found itself a spot in my top book picks for 2019. I loved the creative way Rewind was put together making me both curious and keeping me on my toes at all times. Then add in some creepy characters that brought shocks and surprises, well I was hooked!
At first I thought I might end up confused because of the layout of the story however the use of PLAY, REWIND and PAUSE brought so much to this book. It deepened the mystery, cranked up the tension and helped make this story ever so memorable. Let’s just say that I’m not quite sure I’ll ever be comfortable in a hotel room again 😳
Every time I put this book down I was thinking about it and that just goes to show how strong this story is! Rewind has such an addictive quality, as soon as I started I couldn’t wait to unravel the mystery. The pacing of this book was both fast and compelling with the power to make me feel on edge pretty much the whole way through!
Rewind is cleverly crafted with lashings of creepy, crazy and chilling moments!