Lauren North : The Perfect Betrayal

Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Perfect Betrayal. It’s written with thanks to Emma Welton of damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.


After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope.

When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is understanding and kind, and promises she can help Tess through the hardest time of her life.

But when a string of unsettling events happens and questions arise over her husband’s death, Tess starts to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but she’s at her most vulnerable, and that’s a dangerous place to be . . .


If I didn’t know The Perfect Betrayal was a debut novel, I wouldn’t believe you if you told me. It’s the perfect psychological thriller. There is a creeping sense of unease that builds up throughout the novel uncovering lies and leaving several questions to be answered. It’s a very difficult book to put down.

The novel is structured around Jamie’s birthday, and we gradually work our way towards this event. We also read extracts from interviews in which Tess has taken part, and written statements from two other main characters, Shelley and Ian. Although these give hints as to what has happened, it’s not immediately clear and this allows tension to build spectacularly.

The Perfect Betrayal ends with an astonishing twist that actually left me feeling quite emotional. This novel will stay with me for a long time.

The Perfect Betrayal is available from Amazon.

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