Betrayal – Martina Cole Book Review

Martina Cole – Betrayal

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time know that I am a huge fan of this British crime author. Many of her novels have been bestsellers including the Sunday Times Bestsellers list (not too shabby)! And for good reason. Martina Cole has carved out a niche for herself as not your typical crime writer. Her books tend to be about women in the crime underworld who are battling to survive against the odds, in what is predominantly a male world. Her main characters tend to be women who are willing to do anything to survive, even if it leads to murder, vice or violence. Her books are gritty and hard-hitting. But don’t be put off too much if you are not into crime novels as Martina Cole’s novels tend to have family at the centre of every plot.

Betrayal is Martina Cole’s twenty-third bestselling novel and was first published in 2016. Aside from the usual skulduggery of underworld and crime, Betrayal is unusual in that betrayal is a running theme throughout the book as opposed to be it being plot-driven.

Summary and Review

Aiden O’Hara is the head of the O’Hara family and has held that position since he was a child. His priority is to provide for his family and protect them and this he does admiringly even if it leads to a life of crime. However, what he expects for shouldering such responsibility from such a young age is a cast-iron loyalty, support and reverence. And those who do not abide by this and betray him, have hell to pay…

Betrayal is a unique book for Martina Cole because the main protagonist is male, although he is supported by two strong women, his mother Reeva and his long-term partner Jade Dixon.

As Aiden O’Hara’s notoriety grows so does his insistence on loyalty from his family. However, this very trait leads to a sad twist…

I felt Betrayal was not Martina Cole’s best work, but certainly worth a read especially if you are a fan!

Thanks for stopping by

Until next time, Sharon

In case you missed my previous post on Martina Cole

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Sharon is a writer who lives in north London and has a long-held passion for the art and craft of creative writing. Sharon's main interests are novels, short stories and poetry. She also enjoys writing non-fiction. She is an avid reader and has a threatening TBR pile of books!

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