Monday, 8 July 2019

The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland - Book Review

Daddy has been lying.’
Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…
Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.
As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married - is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?
And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?
From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Before You this book is for you.

My Review

If you follow me on Twitter you might be aware that I am a massive fan of Shalini Boland's books. Every book I have picked up be her I have loved and raved about, and The Marriage Betrayal has not broke that streak. From start to finish I was engrossed and didn't want to be interrupted whilst reading. 

It is so well written, packed full of mystery and suspense. I read the entire book in one sitting, and was flipping through the pages at breakneck speed. I absolutely devoured the story. I also will admit I got a little bit cocky, thinking to myself I have read a few of Shalini's books and can guess what is going. Boy was I wrong! Shalini Boland blindsided me yet again, with an ending that was brilliant.

When Faye's husband and son go missing during a family getaway, she is bereft and doesn't know what to do. Her sister in law Lainey and Lainey's husband are on hand to help with the search. But Lainey has problems of her own, and is a slightly detached character. Being back in her hometown is proving difficult for Lainey, so while she is obviously worried about her brother and nephew she is at a loss as to how to help.

The story flashes between the present and the hunt for Jake and Dylan, and some years previously when Lainey and Jake were younger. I loved this as it gave such an insight into the siblings history in their hometown and the type of relationship they have/had. 

As the story progresses and more things come to light, Faye starts to worry she may never see her husband or son again. I had so much sympathy for her, as she desperately tries to find them and her world is falling apart she is a strong character and manages to keep on going. But will she find out what happened before it's too late?

Shalini Boland is a master at writing psychology thrillers. Great characters and an epic plot make this a gripping story, that is a must read for fans of this genre.

Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for a digital copy of this book to read and give am honest review on.

1 comment

  1. i just finished this book! I couldn't agree more with your review!


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