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The Betrayal

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Tasmania is in the grip of one of the longest, bleakest winters on record and it's particularly icy at the Hobart Police Station. Of the many golden rules in policing, one is especially sacred: what happens at work stays at work.

So when a naive young constable, Lucy Howard, makes an allegation of sexual assault against a respected colleague, the rule is well and truly brok
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Random House Australia
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Rape is widely acknowledged as one of the hardest crimes to prosecute, especially the so called date rape. Y.A. Erskine takes this scenario abit futher with the complaintant being a young police constable Lucy Howard, while the accused is experienced Special Operations Group member Nick Greaves who uses his popularity and the fact he is male to try and get away with it.

Discracefully the Tasmanian police bar a few turn on the young constable Howard and go to great lengths to ensure Nicks crime go
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Linked to The Brotherhood, the stunning debut by Australian crime author, and ex-police officer, Yvette Erskine, The Betrayal is as equally compelling.

"Not drunk. Had sex. No hangover. No memory."

It's been two weeks since Constable Lucy Howard shared a celebratory drink with a trusted colleague, Special Operation Group officer Nick Greaves and woke up naked in his bed with no idea what happened in between. Blaming one too many drinks Lucy fled, disgusted with herself for betraying her boyfrien
This is a solid police procedural but lacks the grit of an Ian Rankin, P M Newton, or Patricia Cornwell. While it pries open the lid of police & political corruption it fails to provide a likeable character & gives the sense that this novel is part of a larger whole - a much larger whole. In itself it seems somewhat incomplete.
The Betrayal is the 2nd novel by Y A Erskine, following on from The Brotherhood - which I have not read. The sheer naiveté of the main character seems somewhat imp
Date rape isn't a subject that I've come across a lot in my crime fiction reading, so combine that with an Australian setting, a very dark outlook and a number of quite damaged, imperfect characters who crash towards an unusual ending in the second book by local author Y.A. (Yvette) Erskine and it seemed like it could be a winning package.

As with the first book, THE BROTHERHOOD, the story is again told with a shifting viewpoint per chapter, unfortunately this time the outcome is a rather drawn o
Angela Savage
I can imagine YA Erskine's second novel The Betrayal becoming one for the water cooler.

It has the potential to polarise readers, some seeing the betrayal of the title as one cop's betrayal of her colleagues by bringing rape charges against one of their own, others seeing the system betraying the young female complainant who dares take this course of action.

If the success of a novel is measured in terms of it's capacity to generate debate and discussion, then The Betrayal is set to be a winner.

Lizzy Chandler
This novel is well told, but populated by a cast of highly unlikeable, often misogynistic characters that, by the end, made me feel angry and unsettled. The scenario is interesting; its insight into police, media and political cultures in Hobart scathing. Whereas in Erskine's debut novel, The Brotherhood, I felt I had someone to cheer for, in this I didn't, not even Lucy, the cadet who instigates the investigation that forms the basis of the novel's plot. Her behaviour, for a police officer, see ...more
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