Betrayal

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Trade paperback re-issue of Gwen Hunter's award winning international bestseller. BETRAYAL is set in an exotic, violent world where storms crash in from the Gulf, where crushing vines of wisteria are drenched with pungent lavender, where gators growl by night in brackish waters full of secrets. A suspense-filled tour de force about a woman who defies a threat honored through the generations. The first novel in the DeLande Saga.

"My name is Nicolette Dazincourt DeLande, and I have committed murder. . ....

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Overview

Trade paperback re-issue of Gwen Hunter's award winning international bestseller. BETRAYAL is set in an exotic, violent world where storms crash in from the Gulf, where crushing vines of wisteria are drenched with pungent lavender, where gators growl by night in brackish waters full of secrets. A suspense-filled tour de force about a woman who defies a threat honored through the generations. The first novel in the DeLande Saga.

"My name is Nicolette Dazincourt DeLande, and I have committed murder. . . ." So begins this spellbinding novel, the passionate story of a young girl's marriage into a Louisiana family so monstrous that only an extraordinary woman could escape from it alive. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

London Times
Grabs you by the throat with its first sentence and finally releases you drained and shaking on [the final page]. Hunter's writing has that compulsive quality that spells bestsellerdom.
Affair de Coeur
A shocking tale of secrets and lies....Upon completion of this book I actually felt that I had visited Louisiana and left with a thorough understanding of the word BETRAYAL
Magizine Litteraire
There is most certainly some of Faulkner and Caldwell in this implacable novel. But perhaps, more still, of Flannery O'Connor of whom Gwen Hunter could definitely be the direct heiress....Not only does she know quite well how to present a story and give it rhythm, but moreover, she possesses the art of reproducing the soul and the manners of the real Louisiana. Far from habitual clich├ęs and images of touristic views. Painted in black, the old French colony has only become more fascinating. I could not put it down!
Rendezvous
Excellent....This is one story that will not be forgotten.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The eerie atmosphere of southern Louisiana provides the perfect setting for Gothic drama, and Hunter makes full use of snake-ridden bayous, isolated Southern mansions and seedy New Orleans streets to create a vivid, haunting backdrop for her gripping tale of the nightmarish passions that rule a prominent Louisiana family. Nicolette Dazincourt is a naive small-town girl when she marries the wealthy, sexy Montgomery DeLande, but she quickly learns that money and power have given her husband and his family license to engage in monstrous psychosexual terrorism. Hunter paints a chillingly realistic picture of an abusive relationship: alternately pampered and ``punished,'' Nicolette grows desperate for her husband's approval and acquiesces to his every demand. When she discovers that the Delandes are abusing her young daughters, Nicolette tries to leave only to be thwarted by the family's ruthless determination to prevent any defection. The bulk of the novel recounts, in engrossing detail, Nicolette's flight from her husband and her eventual confrontation. Along the way, she discovers the value of female bonding, of more enlightened male companionship and of her own character. Hunter's pacing could be better in places, and the book contains some horrifically graphic descriptions of violence against women, but Nicolette is an engaging narrator and her story is a definite page-turner. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974768502
  • Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Delande Saga Ser.
  • Edition description: Re-Issue Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Under the pen names, Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter, the author writes action adventure, mysteries, thrillers, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. She currently has 21 books in print in 26 countries.

Along with eight other writers, Hunter participates in a writing forum called www.magicalwords.net, geared to helping writers of fantasy and other genres.

Hunter was born in Louisiana and was raised all over the south. She fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and loved SiFi, fantasy, thrillers, and gothic mystery, with a secret passion for romance novels. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, whitewater kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to travel with their dogs rivers all over the Southeast.

For more information please visit www.faithhunter.net, www.gwenhunter.com, and www.magicalwords.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2004

    A modern day gothic!

    This novel is based in New Orleans to Baton Rouge. As a young girl Nicolette Dazincort falls in love with Montgomery DeLande. Once of age, they marry and take a beautiful honeymoon. However, upon settling into married life Nicolette notices a change in her new husband. Montgomery develops a jealous side, bordering on the insane, when he takes her to meet his mother and brothers. As time passes, this odd behavior continues, usually whenever the brothers come to visit them. Even after they have children together Montgomery's jealousy continues and seems to be getting worse. When Nicolette learns a devastating secret she realizes what she must do, even though it means she may never see her children or friends again. ....................... ***** This books reads like a modern day Gothic novel. I could not put the book down. I simply HAD to know what was going to happen next. The author developed the characters so well and vividly that I could feel Nicolette's pain. Highly recommended! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Couldn't put it down

    I read this book in two days because I couldn't put it down! I HAVE to get the next book from Gwen Hunter ASAP. I'm a suspense junkie and I admit it, and Betrayal delivered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Suspenseful - to a Point

    Gwen Hunter writes a suspenseful tale, but the reader has to suspend disbelief. The heroine, supposedly a feisty type, does not get a CLUE when her rich hunk of a husband first locks her in her room with no food during her honeymoon, then treats her to borderline schizophrenic behavior the following day. Instead she stays with the lunatic and 'ignores' the frequent sexual abuse she's subjected to for years. It isn't until her children are brought into his sick behavior that she FINALLY gets her act together to leave him. Regrettably, what could have been a great female revenge story is diluted by the tiresome device of The Nice Guy Waiting in the Wings once our heroine has gone through her trials. The reader is thus assured that the woman will not (heaven forfend!) end up without A Man.

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