The Betrayals (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Fiona Neill

Pegasus Books, 9781681778501, 400pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/14/2020)
Compact Disc (10/1/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (1/1/2019)

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Friendships are shattered and two families crumble after a fateful week on the seacoast. With four sides to this psychological family drama, who will you believe?

Best friends Rosie and Lisa's families had always been inseparable. But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie's husband, Nick. None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk seacoast.  

Relationships were torn apart. Friendships shattered. And childish innocence destroyed. Now, after years of silence, a letter arrives that begs for help. A letter that exposes dark secrets.  

Then Rosie’s daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel. Teenage son Max blames himself for everything that happened that long hot summer. And Nick must confront his own version of events.  As long-repressed memories bubble to the surface, the past has never seemed more present and the truth more murky.

Told through the eyes of four family members, The Betrayals takes an unflinching look at contemporary life, explores the nature of memory and desire and asks whether some things can ever be forgiven.  

There are four sides to this story. Who will you believe?

About the Author

Fiona Neill is the author of four London Sunday Times bestsellers, including The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy (based on her hugely popular column in the London Times) and the widely acclaimed The Good Girl. Fiona lives in London with her husband and three children.

Praise For The Betrayals: A Novel

A vivid and insightful portrayal of a
family in crisis; Neill's writing is incisive, smart and at times darkly
funny. A writer at the top of her game, I will be telling everybody
I know about this book.
— Gillian McAllister

I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliantly
observed novel about a family in meltdown. I have never read anything by Fiona
Neill before, but after reading this totally absorbing tale, that is a
situation I intend to rectify.
— Kathryn Hughes

Exquisitely drawn and perfectly realized,
no one writes about modern family with more truth and authenticity than
Fiona Neill. She nails it every single time.
— Lisa Jewell

Neill's plotting is beyond compare.
Weaving an utterly absorbing account of deception and desire, Neill leaves
you asking the question: Which voice can you trust?
— Nicola Moriarty

I can’t think of a recent novel more suited for prolonged discussion of everything from trying to distinguish what is real from what is ‘remembered,’ to analyzing the often odd behavior of the characters, on up to the surprising—and shocking—ending. The Betrayals is highly recommended. While I don’t like to ‘rank’ books, I think I would have to put this one at the top of my recommended list for the year so far!