If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?
Colleen Byrne is wife to one of the biggest faces on the streets of Soho, Jimmy Byrne. He promised her the life of luxury, but behind the diamonds and fur coats is a dangerous world of violence and lies. With her two children, Nancy and Daniel, Colleen is in too deep, bound to Jimmy forever.
TWENTY YEARS LATER
Nancy has grown into her father’s daughter, strong, calculated – and ruthless, while Colleen blots out the pain of her marriage any way she can. When Jimmy is found brutally murdered, Nancy is hell bent on finding the culprit. She’s going to make them pay for what they did.
Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone who betrayed them all. To catch a killer, mother and daughter must find the secrets tearing their family apart…
A totally gripping and gritty thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Kimberly Chambers, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher Publisher: Bookouture Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for the ebook ARC of The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher in exchange for an honest review. Jimmy Byrne is one of the biggest faces on the Soho scene. He is equally feared and respected. He has clawed his way to the top. Money is his game, and he is willing to make it by any means necessary. Jimmy sets his sights on Colleen Walsh, she is quickly seduced by his sweet words and life of luxury. But behind all the money and luxuries is the reality of gangland violence. Colleen only realizes the truth before she is already in too deep. Like her father, Jimmy Byrne, Nancy Byrne, is strong, opinionated and ruthless. But when Jimmy is murdered, Nancy vows to find the killer and make them pay for the actions. But the killer is someone she trusted. Someone who betrayed them all. It seems those closest to you end up stabbing you in the back. I give this book a rating of 3 stars. I found that it took me quite a while to get into as it was a slow start. And then it got my attention again and I wanted to find how the book ends. It was well written, the book didn’t really keep my attention throughout the entire book. There were quite a few shocking twists and turns. This was the first book I have read by Casey Kelleher, and from what other reviews I have read, I will definitely be giving another one of her novels a read in the future.
The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher Love and betrayal are themes of this book as are crime, drugs, abuse and the seedier side of life. Filial love comes to mind but then…what that means and how it is expressed is another thing entirely…as is maternal…most of the love in this book is not healthy and leads to terrible things. I will say that this book kept me turning pages quickly wanting to know what dark and disturbing thing would happen next. The hook at the end of the book was twisted and left me wondering if anyone would walk away whole, complete and even a little bit “normal”. Thank you to NetGalley and Boukouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Jimmy is a neighborhood celebrity because he's done so well for himself. He's making a lot of money, in legal and illegal ways. When he meets Colleen he's impressed. She isn't after his bank account and his status doesn't mean anything to her. That's why he wants to marry her and while Colleen isn't keen at first, Jimmy always gets his way. They get married and have two children, Nancy and Daniel. However, Colleen never feels at ease around her husband. Jimmy has a secret and Colleen hates him for it, but she's trapped and will have to stay with him. Twenty years later Nancy is ready to help her father with his business. She's exactly like Jimmy and loathes her mother, because she thinks she's weak. Daniel is a little bit kinder, but Colleen isn't exactly close to either of her children. Her husband has truly broken her and she tries to forget about her traumas by drinking too much in combination with prescription drugs. Will she ever be free of Jimmy or will she be bound to him forever? The Betrayed is an amazing gripping story. Jimmy is cold-blooded and isn't afraid to take a life. He uses and abuses people and discards them when they lose their usefulness. He's a heartless criminal and tricks Colleen into a life of misery just because it's convenient for him. Colleen used to be talented, levelheaded and sweet. Being with Jimmy has broken her spirit though and my heart ached for her. She's miserable and there's nothing she can do. There's nobody she can confide in and her life is incredibly lonely. I was hoping she'd eventually find a way out and this kept me on the edge of my seat. Casey Kelleher writes about family, friendship and loyalty in an impressive captivating way. It was interesting to see the world through Jimmy's eyes and his awful character is perfect material for a suspenseful thriller. Some of the scenes are pretty gory and Casey Kelleher makes them come to life in a fabulous vivid way. I was fascinated by the family dynamics, the way Jimmy covers up his mistakes and the ruthless way he's doing his business. Colleen brings the right amount of softness to the story, which makes it balanced and complete. I really liked The Betrayed, it's a fantastic fast-paced story, a book to read in one sitting while biting your nails.