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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,898 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
Betrayal is quintessential Fern Michaels; it explores the emotionally-fraught relationships between two copules - one with children, one without. Kate and Alex have a strong marriage and a lovely home. Don and Debbie are their good friends; and the couple has two girls: Sarah and Emily. Everything changes with one phone call... Sarah accuses Alex of sexual assault, and a v ...more
Published July 1st 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mary Loesch
Aug 24, 2011 Mary Loesch rated it did not like it
I'd never read anything by Fern Michaels but she is a best selling author so I thought I'd give it a shot. The premise was very interesting and timely with the recent outcome of the Casey Anthony trial and the release of the West Memphis Three. Basically, it's about a man who is accused of molesting a child. The reader knows he is innocent, but the jury doesn't agree, and he goes to jail, leaving his doting wife behind to deal with the aftermath. It's a story with definite potential. Alas, the c ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Kim rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I have ever read. I find it hard to believe Fern Michaels is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. I won't even critisize the content, because I realize there are some books that have content that does not interest me. However, this book could have been written by a semi-talented 8th grader. It was ridiculous. You can bet I won't be reading anymore books by this author.
Feb 17, 2012 Maggiemuggins rated it did not like it
In the land that invented ‘kleenex’ and where most people, surely by now, know germs are transmitted by unhygienic habits, it is surprising that the characters in this novel seem never to have any tissues or napkins handy. I understand this is a novelist’s (and film-makers) ploy to show extreme emotion but in a society that scatters boxes of paper handkerchiefs around every room and on every surface, surely, even at times of great distress, it’s not too much to ask that people reach for a tissue ...more
Jul 27, 2016 SeaShore rated it it was ok
My interest was grabbed here. Sisters. You want to know how this sexual abuse situation was solved. Two friends married. One with kids the other couple without but doting on each other.

I wasn't very impressed with the novel.
The characters were somewhat shallow and the plot was unrealistic at times. There are too many unanswered questions. When Kate does her revenge take -- after all her husband was accused of sexual abuse of a child (Sara) put in jail and murdered there and he is INNOCENT. Kat
Bonnie Lynn
Nov 26, 2011 Bonnie Lynn rated it did not like it
I'm not familiar with the author's previous books, but Betrayal sounded like it might be one I'd like. I was wrong.

The book was endurable, at best, up until the trial. At that point it didn't just begin going downhill, it plunged. Awful. Just awful.
Aug 22, 2011 Shana rated it liked it
When I think of perfect summer reads--you know, the ones you stay up late reading while you're on vacation--Fern Michaels' Betrayal comes to mind. I couldn't put it down.
It wasn't that it was a seminal literary work; indeed, the characters are not immensely complex. Michaels conveys exactly which characters you're supposed to root for (Kate Rocket, seemingly perfect in every way, Emily Winter, whose only flaw is having been part of the Winter family) and the ones you're supposed to despise (Debb
Melanie Coombes
Nov 15, 2011 Melanie Coombes rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This book was just ok for me. It was the story of a perfect marriage between Kate and Alex. Although they do not have children of their own, they love the visits of Sara and Emily. The two girls are the daughters of Alex's best friend, Don and his wife Debbie.
However, Sara suddenly exhibits troubling behavior on her last visit. Weeks later, Alex gets a phone call from Don saying that Sara has accused him of molesting her for years. Kate, always believing Alex's innocence, is helpless as her hus
Jul 11, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing
Betrayal is by Fern Michaels. It is probably one of her best novels that I have read to date. From the first page I was drawn into the lives of Alex and Kate Rocket. It is almost like being in the same room with them and enduring the same highs and lows that they are hit with. Fern Michaels’ choice of words brought forth all of the emotions they go through and all of the love they feel for each other. Little do you expect the twists and turns their lives will take. It is so good that I had to si ...more
Amanda Gray
Aug 19, 2011 Amanda Gray rated it it was ok
Fern Michaels is an author I’ve always respected. I enjoy her books and believe that every story that she has given us has been a gift. Her stories are touching and thoughtful. I was very excited to have a chance to read this book.
However, I had problems connecting with the characters. Their lack of empathy and judgmental attitudes made them hard to sympathize with. The characters spend a lot of time insulting each other and even the “good” people in the story seemed malicious. I felt the sto
Jul 17, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
Unsatisfying story. The characters were like cartoon characters. Very unreal and written like a jr. high person would write them. The Alex bit was unsettling, not the trial part, but what happend. Not sure what the point of that was.It is not romantic to lose a loved one even if you find a new love of your life. I thought that there should be more legal punishment for the other family - false arrest, defamation of character and so on.Way too much yak about making coffee, house decor, purchases a ...more
Jessica Hubbard
Sep 03, 2015 Jessica Hubbard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Story ....

I've only recently discovered Fern Michaels, but I've already devoured about ten of her books. Her stories alwAys manage to pull me in and I become immersed in the world's she creates.

In Betrayal, Kate & Alex Rockett are the ideal couple. They have a true to life storybook love, yet there's one thing that stands between their happily ever After, the inability to have children.

Don is Alex's best friend from school, they've managed to be able to weather growing old and two st
Kathy Saunders
Aug 13, 2014 Kathy Saunders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. I liked actually getting into the characters. Kate Rocket,a woman devasted by betrayal, embarks on a daring quest for justice--but it may cost her much more than she gains...
Kate and Alex Rocket are blessed with a wonderful marriage and lovely home. Although Kate is unable to bear children, she and Alex look upon Sara and Emily, affectionate daughters of their good friends, Don and Debbie Winter, as part of their family.
With one phone call, everything changes. Sara accuses A
Aug 13, 2014 Donette rated it did not like it
I disliked this book from page 1. The depiction of the two girls was unpleasant and in-your-face. The detestable mother was almost cartoonish. But I continued to read because it was a book club selection. The idyllic marriage of Kate and Alex was just wrapped in too much saccharine from the outset. The plot of the story was not far fetched, certainly it is believable that false accusations of sex abuse can destroy lives, but the totally pure versus thoroughly evil characters did not ring true. S ...more
Glen Stott
Sep 09, 2016 Glen Stott rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good story about two families. Alex and Kate are a couple who want to have children but can't. Don and Debbie have two daughters, Emily and Sarah. Alex and Kate often take care of Emily and Sarah and think of them as their own. In addition, when Don and Debbie go an annual cruse the girls live with Alex and Kate. Debbie is jealous that Kate had more money than she does. After a cruise, Sarah accuses Alex of molesting her over a period of several years. This leads to disaster for ...more
Dec 03, 2011 Martha rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
20% story, the rest filler. Like trying to fill a big box with a little gift and packing a lot of paper so it won't rattle.
Apr 17, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
The story could have been much more engaging if it was written better. Poor dialogue. It was killing me.
Dawn Gaskin
Aug 31, 2015 Dawn Gaskin rated it liked it
Read this in one day, stayed up late to see how it would end. The characters are clearly defined - who you love and who you hate - and stay true to form throughout. I have read some Fern Michaels books I thought were excellent, and some that were terrible (the Sisterhood novels, as an example), and this novel is somewhere in the middle. I sometimes enjoy rooting for the good guys and wanting to strangle the bad guys, and this book was a good fit for a rainy Sunday afternoon with nothing planned.
Aug 24, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 02, 2013 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
At 374 pages this book was a very quick read. If I didn't have so many distractions it could have been read in one day rather than two. I came across this book when looking at the newest reviews on It sounded like something I would read so I requested the book and I'm glad I did.

The beginning is a little slow at first but quickly picks up the paces and has you at the edge of your seat for the rest of your read. You really feel for Kate as she is going through what must be
Feb 24, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Kate and Alex are the perfect couple. They have a healthy marriage, a thriving business and great relationships with their friends and family. Unable to have children of their own, their doors were always open to Sarah and Emily, the daughters of Alex’s longtime friend. As concerns arise over Sarah’s mental well-being; Sarah’s only line of defense, lies and deceit, hit the couple head on. Now facing humiliation and incarceration, Alex and Kate are fighting for the truth to come out.

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Apr 07, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Julie Barrett
Dec 01, 2011 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
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Janice Hurst
Revenge is Sweet

I love Fern Michael's, and have waited a while for another of her books that I really liked. This was it. The characters were so real and you either loved them or hated them . Kate and Alex have it all until the bottom falls out of their perfect world. Betrayed by their best friends leave them shattered. Kate sets out to get revenge and learns a lot about herself and how to learn to live again.
Laurie Smith
Jul 10, 2016 Laurie Smith rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down. It is a hard subject to read, however, good wins over evil. Alex and Kate Rocket could not have children of their own, so Alex's childhood friend Don brings his children for visits when he and his wife Debbie take vacations. Daughter Emily is a sweet teenager, daughter Sarah has emotional issues and accuses Alex of molestation. This book is full of surprises, revenge on Kate's part and the distinigration of lives.
Linda Branich
Mar 20, 2014 Linda Branich rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Obviously it was about betrayal, secrets,jealousy, and lies.

Kate spends several years of her life plotting revenge against those who falsely accused her husband of child molestation. His conviction lead to his murder in prison right after he was told he would be released from prison and retried because his first attorney misrepresented him and it was discovered he had a conflict of interest---the attorney was related to the acusers.
Aug 11, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
One of her better books - definitely agree with the reviewer who said this was written a few years ago as reference to the "cell phone" installed in the car. As always, the dialogues are stilted and a bit contrived but this was better than most, especially the Sisterhood series, which I detested. A bit contrived in places and major plot lines overlooked to make the story work. Michaels was very successful in eliciting full emotions from me as I despised Sara and her mother!! And truthfully, it w ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Sep 16, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
A story of two families whose friendship over the years ended in a tragedy of deception and lies.

Ken and Alex Rocket are happily married with only one thing missing in their lives - a child. Debbie and Don Winter are married and bringing up two daughters in a very dysfunctinoal and frightful manner. Don and Alex have been best friends for years and years and Alex and Kate always look forward to looking after the Winter's daughters, Emily and Sara when Don & Debbie are away on vacation.

Apr 12, 2016 BARBARA rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. It shows you how easy things can get out of control in any family and the consequences that take place. You can identify with all the characters and find yourself absorbed in the story and you don't want to put it down. Fern Michaels can put you right in her stories and you find yourself cheering, crying and plotting along with them.
Janet Batchelor
Oct 27, 2015 Janet Batchelor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Love, hate, denial, and revenge is what this book is all about. Alex dies for no reason and a spoiled berate causes it because of her mother's greed causing his wife want revenge only to find out she still has part of him with his daughter she new nothings about like turns out great.
Jul 06, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it
Not an easy book for me to get through. I've interacted with a few folks who were like the little liar in my life. *shrugs* One can find almost all kinds of "book folks" IRL. This was one of those "Why that individual was JUST like . . ." So, yeah. Damn good writing, however. Very credible story IMHO.
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