A trip to his childhood town with his family is supposed to be a birthday treat for Jake but from the start things do not go well. His wife Faye is upset that her plan for a happy holiday has gone awry and agrees they can abandon it all and head back home once Jake and their son Dylan have been dolphin watching.
But Jake and Dylan don’t return from their trip and Faye is frantic…
Wow, what a book!
The fear of not knowing where your child is, the worry of whether your husband is hurt (even dead) or has left you, the frustration of feeling such despair and being unable to abate it. These emotions are so strong and so easy to imagine which makes a powerful connection with the reader.
There are enormous twists and turns in the book which I won’t reveal. The writing is tense and fast paced. The characters are easy to empathise with and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Faye’s husband and child is an excellent plotline that maintains your interest from start to finish.
Interpersed with the drama of a missing family, there are chapters in The Marriage Betrayal dedicated to the childhood of Jake and his sister Lainy which leave the reader guessing abut their connection with present day events.
Not content with the shocking ending for Faye, author Shalini Boland has one last jaw dropping moment in the epilogue…
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.
About 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 ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’
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).