Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen REVIEW

Cover image for Betrayal: Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen
Published by Canongate Books
Published 16 June 2011
305 pages
Library book

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In the trees at the edge of her garden, a figure lurks in the dark.

In the hospital, Jonas watches over his girlfriend, who is in a coma. But what, or who, has put her there?

Through a chance meeting, Eva and Jonas’s lives will become disturbingly entwined. And Eva will discover that sometimes, in order to survive, you must betray the ones you love the most . .


‘I don’t know’

Three words.

Each by itself or in some other context completely harmless. Utterly without intrinsic gravity. Merely a statement that he was not sure and therefore chose not to reply.


My head is sore and my flesh is crawling after reading Betrayal. This is a great read full of dark undertones and twists that make your stomach hurt. Betrayal is the theme that weaves a dark line through this book, people betray the ones they love, over and over. Eva’s husband betrays her. In her quest to seek revenge she betrays him and their marriage and sets herself down a dark path. If only she’d made different choices. If only her husband had made different choices. If only whacked-out, nut-job Jonas had walked in front of a bus….. This was a quick read and I was glued from start to finish. The author knocks how to build suspense and punch you in the gut. Jonas comes across as a nice guy at first, quite a sad figure refusing to leave his comatose girlfriend’s side. Just under halfway through the novel, something happens that winded me. A dark truth is revealed and shivers crawled down my spine. My jaw actually hit the floor. Revenge is also a big theme in this novel. Eva wants revenge on her husband for his affair and acts out of anger, without thinking and makes some terrible mistakes. Jonas wants revenge for imagined wrongs and takes steps that bring Eva’s world crashing around her. I was riveted from start to finish. Betrayed is recommended as a great suspense novel.




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