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The Betrayals

Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

When Rosie's best friend has an affair with her husband, the consequences reverberate through the lives of two families.

Relationships are torn apart, friendships shattered and childish innocence destroyed. Her daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel when a letter arrives that opens old wounds.

Rosie's son, Max, blames himself for everything that happened. And her ex-husband, Nick, has his own version of events. As long-repressed memories bubble to the surface, the past has never seemed more present and the truth more uncertain.

©2017 Fiona Neill (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"A vivid and insightful portrayal of a family in crisis; Neill's writing is incisive and smart. A writer at the top of her game." (Gillian McCallister, author of Everything but the Truth)

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend. A very unusual story told from the perspectives of four characters covering past and present. It perfectly depicts the damage humans can cause to each other without realising.

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wasn't the best book I've ever listened to!

it took a long time to get into and I didn't really enjoy it I'm afraid. certainly wouldn't share it!

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Disappointing Performance

This is a very interesting, well-researched book. The story line is interesting, well-written and the characters fascinating. Unfortunately two of the narrators were disappointing. Rosie's narrator sounded detached and distracted preventing the listener from feeling the compassion that this fascinating character deserved. Both Rosie & Nick's narrators were devoid of emotion when relating things dear to their heart. Nick's narrator would be more suitable for a self-help book. Fortunately the children's narrators were a lot better in comparison, but on the whole I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more had I read this book rather than listened to it.

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?.????

Is it over? Interesting enough story but feel it has ended before the whole story is finished? Frustrating.

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Decent story. Dodgy narration

I liked the story. A bit drawn out but nice twists at the end. The voices of Daisy and Max were great but those of Nick and Rosie were awful. Nicks voice was loud and aggressive and Rosies was way too sinister.

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Original and gripping

The story is told by several different narrators, which adds interesting perspectives. It explores relationships with an interesting aspect on OCD and some twists. I'm keen to try another one by this author

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Ended halfway through the story!!

I agree with others on the narrator of Rosie's character, I almost made me give up the book early on. She sounded miles away and did not do justice to the character. There were many very boring sections for me, particularly the parts involving Gregorio the alternative healer, he was totally unbelievable and ridiculous.
The use of too many convenient coincidences to build the story were also unrealistic.
I persisted with the book as I enjoyed the narrators of Max and Daisy's characters. However I was utterly disappointed with the conclusion of this book. I felt let down by the sudden ending. It's almost as if the writer had grown bored with the characters and decided to call it a day!!

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Disappointing

The book started out okay but ended abruptly with too many unanswered questions. I was left confused.

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family saga

I live a family saga however
I didn’t really warm to any other the characters. Rosie’s voice was dreadful and I hated her just because of the narrator.
The father is a douche bag.
The kids are spoilt brats. and the ending was a let down! I’d loved to have heard Lisa’s side of it all.

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Disappointing Ending

This Book was very middle of the road. I found it slow in places but stuck with it as I thought the characters were quite interesting. Unfortunately, the ending of the book was really abrupt and I felt as though it needed at least a couple of extra chapters to make it feel properly finished.
The story was mediocre and as I didn't like the ending so I was left feeling really dissatisfied.