With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
I enjoyed Fiona's last book The Good Girl, I have to admit when I saw The Betrayals I requested it before reading the synopsis. I am glad to say Fiona did not betray the trust I had in her writing, I loved it.
First of all I liked the front cover of this book. If I saw this in a bookshop it would compel me to pick up the book and read. Rosie and Lisa have been best friends since school. Years later Rosie married Nick a scientist and Lisa married music journalist Barney. Rosie's daughter Daisy and Lisa's daughter Ava also became best friends. Both families remained close and Rosie was a shoulder to cry on when Lisa's marriage was failing.
When the families go on their annual holiday to Norfolk, Lisa and Nick start an affair. When Rosie finds out she throws Nick out of their house and the two families become estranged. After he father left Daisy was diagnosed with crippiling OCD.
Seven years later Rosie intercepts a letter from Lisa wanting to see Rosie. The letter prompts Daisy's OCD to return. People often make jokes about OCD but the description of Daisy's rituals just to function sounded exhausting. In this book we find out what happened on the Norfolk holiday through the eyes of Daisy, younger brother Max, Rosie and Nick, but how reliable are their memories?
This was a fascinating book, if this family were real they would be guests on Jeremy Kyle. I look forward to Fiona's next book.