The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland @Bookouture

It’s such an honour to be kicking off the blog tour today for The Marriage Betrayal. Huge thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the tour invite.

About this book…

‘Daddy has been lying.’

Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…

Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.

As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married – is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?

And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?

From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Before You this book is for you.

My review…

I’m a big Shalini Boland fan having been recommended her books many times by Gail Shaw a member of TBC. She eventually wore me down and I read my first Shalini Boland book with her other books following at a steady pace! She writes fabulous psychological thrillers and The Marriage Betrayal is no different. It’s a gripping and addictive read that I flew through in one tension filled sitting.

When Faye decides to surprise her husband and his sister with a break in the village that they were brought up in, he doesn’t seem as thrilled as she would have liked him to be! They haven’t been going through an easy time of it lately but that’s marriage isn’t it?! So when Jake takes their six year old son for a walk one morning and doesn’t return, Faye has to look deeper into the past of the man she married. There is a dual timeline here that flashes back to brother and sister during their teenage years in their home village and it becomes obvious that something very disturbing has taken place. I loved guessing what had occurred to make them both go pale with fear when they realised where they were all heading for their break! But I certainly didn’t expect the twists and turns that came one after the other, making me unsure of who to trust and who was telling the truth. Shalini Boland managed to convey perfectly the terror of a mother unsure of what has happened to her child and the tension was slowly built up as her fears increased with every stone that she overturned in her search for the truth.

This was an easy read that just flowed so perfectly that it was impossible to put it down. Shalini Boland always manages to deliver a compelling story that her readers can relate to and this one especially worked well for me. Her characters are so multi layered so that you can just gently peel those layers away until their real intentions are exposed. I became lost within the pages of The Marriage Betrayal and was quite happy not to be found until the very end.

Definitely recommending this one!

Meet the author…

Shalini Boland is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned for TV by Legendary Studios), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, ‘THE CHILD NEXT DOOR’, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’ and ‘

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.