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A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. Consequently, I was delighted when Courtney Jefferies at ed Public Relations invited me to review for the blog tour for Lesley’s latest book Betrayal. Just be warned though — it deals with domestic abuse and grooming which may be triggering for some readers. By the next evening, mum and kids are staying in a women's refuge and major plans to ensure a happier future are in motion.

But needless to say, I saw a different side of Eve emerge and this continued for a good chunk of the book. The path is not easy but driven by the need to give her children a future, she starts to rebuild her life. I am delighted to be joining the blog tour today in celebration of Lesley Pearse’s 31st novel (what an extraordinary achievement) with an extract to share with you all and further details about Betrayal. Every year I find myself extremely fortunate to be gifted an early addition of the latest Lesley Pearse book to review. As I have come to expect from Lesley Pearse, she gets right to the heart of complex female characters and I thoroughly appreciated the range here.

Not only does domestic and physical abuse recur heavily, there are also graphic descriptions of peodophelia/grooming and suicide. I felt so sorry for Eve and her children but I loved how her character evolved as the story progressed and she started to get more confident in building a new life for herself. I am a huge Lesley Pearse fan and have read all of her book, I was excited to be asked to read and review Betrayal.

Despite all the nastiness thrown at them, they've chosen to rise above it and make a better life for themselves. It's another subtle layer to the abusive relationship and as Eve sees the reactions of her children, as well as the threat of violence towards her son, that gives her the push she needs to seek help. Gone were the chapters where I was growing a bit bored (I hate saying that but that was the way the book was making me feel) and bam here we have an unpredicted twist that really shook things up.She goes to the police and gets in touch with a social worker who helps her leave London to flee to a refuge in Sidmouth.

But honestly, it all just felt a little repetitive and that there was nothing exciting or intriguing happening. He caught hold of her shoulders, head-butted her, punched her in the stomach so she fell to the floor and then kicked her again and again. Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely. The "happy ending marriage" was unnecessary, it would have been better if it had ended after the court case, knowing that everyone could go home they were safe. But peace eludes her as she continues to be haunted by the past, and by the dreadful secret she cannot share with anyone.Feeling stuck she stayed too long with Don until she decided one day her body has had enough pain and abuse. I really need to read more of Lesley's backlist as this is probably my second favourite of the ones I've read. But still she harbours a secret that if it came out it would ruin her and certainly later her new found friends opinion of her. A fantastic speaker and committed and passionate fundraiser for the NSPCC, Lesley is a much sought-after guest at literary lunches, library events and festivals up and down the country.

I read it continuously and avidly, but things like getting the wrong person, changing spellings of a character’s name etc. Lesley Pearse’s new book Betrayal tackles many difficult, hard hitting subjects and it’s a lot darker than I had expected it to be. Eve is married to Don and they have two children however not everything is as it seems and after she divorced him Eve hopes she and her children can get their life back however things don’t exactly work out and Eve could be in serious trouble .Biography: International bestselling author Lesley Pearse has lived a life as rich with incidents, setbacks and joys as any found in her novels. Eve’s mother Sandra had died from breast cancer when she was ten, and her father Jack had become a dour, difficult man, so getting married and gaining a home of her own seemed a happy solution. I was rooting for Eve all the way through; hoping she'd put the past behind her to start a new and prosperous life in Devon.

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