The Perfect Betrayal is a thriller. It opens with Tess, the victim of a stabbing.
The clock is rolled back four months, where we find Tess grieving over the loss of her husband, Mark, who died in an aircraft accident. She is trying to hold things together for the sake of her young son Jamie, but she is struggling. Family and professionals want her to deal with urgent paperwork and the only person who seems to understand is Shelley, a grief counsellor.
In the midst of all this, Tess feels unsafe. The phone rings and no one is there. Is someone stalking her? Also, Shelley begins to take an unhealthy interest in Jamie. Who can Tess trust?
In a steady build-up of tension, the chapters lead forward from Mark’s death to Jamie’s birthday. They alternate between Tess’s memory of the following weeks, a transcription of a conversation with Tess just days after her stabbing, and police interviews with Shelley and Mark’s brother Ian.
There were plenty of red herrings to divert the reader from guessing the final denouement. However, I did find the chapters written from Tess’s point of view were the most interesting, because the transcriptions and the police interviews, although a different narrative style, kept lifting me out of the storyline. An interesting story with enough suspense to leave a shiver down my spine.
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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?