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?
Shalini Boland is one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her writing when I first read The Girl from the Sea a few years back. Since then, I have had a great relationship with all her books and her latest one, is no exception.
Faye and Tom have organized a vacation for their spouses, Jake and Lainy. Jake and Lainy are siblings and the surprise vacation is at the seaside town where they were raised. What is meant to be a wonderful, thoughtful surprise is not very well received by the siblings. It is clear from the start that they are hiding a secret and they definitely did not want to be back at their hometown. What is worse, other residents in the town also don’t want them back. Things get more twisted when Jake and his son, Dylan, go missing.
As with all Shalini’s titles, it was hard to predict the twists in this one. There was something ominous about the town. The house the couples had booked for the holiday was old, creaky just really creepy. It added the tension in the story. Jake and his sister were definitely hiding something. I couldn’t guess what it was and the twists knocked my socks off.
I enjoyed everything about this story. I loved the two timelines used in the narrative. The then chapters held secrets from the past. Needless to say, I was so keen to find out what happened to the Townsend siblings. The now chapters were equally tense especially following the disappearance of Jake and his son. An anonymous narrator escalated the tension and kept me guessing to the last page.
Shalini has a unique writing style. Her books are usually twisty but she always saves the best one for the epilogue. Soon as I got to the epilogue, my heart started racing as I wondered what she had in store for readers. And… It was brilliant! The kind of twist that leaves you smiling and shaking your head.
The Marriage Betrayal is utterly suspenseful, twisty, gripping and entertaining. Recommended for fans of this genre.