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?
Oh what to say about The Perfect Betrayal. That doesn’t either spoil it or even spoil the feel of it. Difficult fellow readers, very difficult.
Well, beautifully written and beautifully plotted. Tension and emotional resonance in equal measure, cleverly nuanced and deftly layered. It is a mystery wrapped up in a stunningly immersive portrayal of grief.
The Perfect Betrayal is the very old school definition of a psychological thriller – where the actions of the characters and the reader’s own perceptions drive the entirety of the story. It is riveting and highly charged from the very first page, has a huge addictive quality, our main protagonist has no idea who to trust and neither do we.
I loved it and it left me melancholy. Tess is one of those unforgettable and very real characters and her story, that of those around her and ultimately that perfect betrayal will stick with me for a while no doubt.