This is a sequel to the first book called, Betrayal and although it could be read on its own, I would recommend that you read Betrayal first.
In this book, Helen King, a serial killer, is sentenced for her crimes, but she writes a letter to the chief investigating officer to explain why she committed the murders. Can there ever be a justification for murder? You might think not, but you might change your mind.
Betrayal: The Consequences will keep you gripped throughout. You will meet the members of the police team that were responsible for arresting Helen King. They are powerful characters, that make up a strong team. Perhaps they will go on to solve more crimes. I’ve enjoyed both books and hope there will be more in the future.
Betrayal: The Consequences is available on Amazon’s Kindle for £0.99 here.
Betrayal by Sharon Brownlie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a gritty story, covering the difficult topic of child abuse. Helen King is a heroine user and prostitute, living in Gloucester. One day she happens to overhear her old teacher saying she is returning to Edinburgh. All the horrific memories from her childhood return and she vows to take charge of her life and take revenge on all those who betrayed her as a child.
Parallel to Helen’s story is the police one, investigating Helen’s trail of horror. It is run by Belinda and Renton, the latter happening to be a childhood friend of Helen.
Putting aside that there are some typos, this is a compelling story, well told. The writer takes you into lives and experiences that may be unpleasant but are fascinating.
This is not a ‘whodunnit’. It is an exploration about how a severely damaged person fights back so that she is no longer the victim. The Inspector, Belinda, also appears to have a nasty side to her, but as the story progresses you feel sympathy for both the protagonist and the antagonist.
The author stirs the emotions by having well drawn characters. I recommend this as a book you shouldn’t miss.
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