The Betrayalby Published 01 Jan 1970
With THE BETRAYAL, Kathryn Shay adds a brand new full length novel of romantic suspense to her impressive list of forty-three books, with five million copies in print. Follow this tale of twists and turns as two people find their lives totally entangled, no matter how hard they struggle against their connection.
Darcy Weston flees to her grandparents’ abandoned farm after her stepfather rapes her. There, she meets Jordan Mackenzie, a local boy, and the friendship of a lifetime begins. Jordan helps sustain Darcy with food and water, and his company, for months, but eventually her whereabouts are discovered. In subsequent years, the two young people try to stay in touch from their disparate worlds, but eventually they drift apart.
Flash forward twelve years. Jordan is an accomplished teacher and Darcy, an internationally famous, reclusive artist. They meet again when Jordan publishes a book that reveals secrets about Darcy's past. But they find themselves thrown together first over the scandal his book creates, then over a murder. Once again, they turn to each other for help and comfort as they deal with police investigations, a variety of suspects from each other's worlds, and a passion between them which won't be denied.
"This is definitely a page turner (I stayed up way too late because I just couldn't put it down!!) and there's enough romance to keep your heart fluttering."
"It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book as much as "The Betrayal." I've always been a huge Kathryn Shay fan mainly because her books are unique, meaningful and never trite. This one is no exception. If you enjoy good writing, love stories and suspense like I do, fire up your Kindle and start this book. You won't be disappointed."
"Just when things seem to settle down in this story, there is another turn. I couldn't predict the ending of this book even from 25 pages before the end. It was well crafted and kept the reader turning the pages."
"Kathryn Shay is no typical romance writer, but she sure does know how to paint a hot love scene with words. This book was a steal for the price. Shay deserves much, much more!!"
"The Betrayal" Reviews
This book starts out really good. We see the beginning relationship between Darcy and Jordan as kids. Jordan being the knight in shinning armour for Darcy who has run away due to some horrible events. Fast forward to adulthood and their paths cross again but not in a way you would expect. Just went when you think the book is headed in the predictable way it takes a left turn and goes from loving romance style to murder mystery. There are so many twists and turns you cant put the book down.
Darcy forced to run from home and fend for herself. Found a neighbor boy and his mother that helped her. Time and they drifted apart.till Jordan writes a book.in which he tells of Darcy past. She has lived a life of recluse, and became a famous artist. With money she open a refuge for others, naming the place for them that helped her when needed. The love is there between them, but the wall of being betrayed and not believed by her mother. Was walls that Jordan wanted to break. A good beginning of a new series for the author. The characters in this one was well portrayed.
The title of this book was accurate beyond words. There was a list of betrayal from the first chapter till almost the end. Everyone having a hand in some sort of betrayal. A roller-coaster of love, hate, betrayal and murder all wrapped up in one book. I liked the story a great deal, I really enjoyed watching young Jordan and Darcy get acquainted. As the story progressed, you could almost feel the rage from the characters jumping off the page. I loved how Darcy's art portrayed her mood and how her and Jordan could work together in their own versions of a trance. I was pretty sure I knew who the ultimate betrayer was pretty early on, and I was right and disgusted by the finality of their "love". While I really did love the story with the main characters, I was put off by a ton of typos. It got to be really bad after a while. I also thought some of the story seemed a bit...choppy and didn't flow. There were some things left unanswered at the end of the book which also made the book lacking for me. All in all a good story, but not one of my favorites.
Unfortunately this was a dud for me. The plot was predictable, the characters were unlikable and dull. What really ruined it though was the page after page of victim blaming, even from the so called hero of the story.
After Darcy is assaulted by her stepfather at the age of fifteen, she fled New York City to the farmhouse she inherited by her grandparents. The old dilapidated place holds memories and supplies to sustain the young girl. Though, she is faced with trouble when she has to avoid a woman who is concerned for her safety. Upon doing a home check, Darcy avoids the women but comes face to face with twelve year old, Jordan.
Jordan begins helping her hide and keeping her secret over the next month. They form a bond and friendship. Darcy paints and Jordan writes to pass the time together. It's their routine and it gives them outlets for their talents. When Darcy gets hurt, Jordan is forced to seek medical attention blowing their cover and putting Darcy at risk for returning back in her assaulter's reach. Stella, Jordan's mother takes her in until the authorities find her.
As expected, Darcy engages in risky behavior to deal with her trauma. Visits back and forth between the teens aren't enough to sustain a friendship. So, Darcy pushes him away for good and Jordan is left to pick up the pieces of his broken adolescent heart.
Twelve years later, his mother Stella is battling liver cancer and Jordan is faced with releasing his book all about his time at the farmhouse with Darcy. Darcy, how goes by the pseudonym D.J. West is private. The book would blow her cover and release details of the rape that she never intended for anyone to know.
After the book is set to be published, Darcy seduces Jordan and snags a copy. Only to turn around and file a lawsuit to keep it from coming out. Jordan, still in love with her is crushed. They have a falling out and reunite not on decent terms several months later.
A spree of crimes begins to pop up in after the book's publication. Darcy's rapist is murdered and she is a suspect. Jordan's mother and himself suffer attacks. A series of events are put into motion and they all think the book is to blame.
An unlikely character produces the biggest betrayal of all and all are left reeling from the events.