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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
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Published July 1st 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mary Loesch
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
Maggiemuggins
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
Kim
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.
Melanie Coombes
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...more
Bonnie Lynn
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.
Shana
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...more
Amanda Gray
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...more
Barbara
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
Kathy Saunders
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...more
Donette
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
Martha
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.
Amy
The story could have been much more engaging if it was written better. Poor dialogue. It was killing me.
Tina
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Chrissy
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 www.paperbackswap.com. 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...more
Karen
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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Jodi
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Julie Barrett
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Linda Branich
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.
Amy
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
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.

Thing...more
Maggie61
I have read so many of Fern michaels books most of which I have enjoyed a lot. My favourites were the Texas series, which coincidentally were mentioned in this book. This is another I would add to the enjoyed group.
What do you when someone so evil deliberately does something manipulative that results in your losing what you love most? I love the whole revenge idea in novels, it is so satisfying when someone gets what they deserve, only way I would have changed if would be that revengeful act ha...more
Hala Alzghoul
I'm giving this book five stars which is bit hard for a reader like me,but this book really got me. The story is realistic,it happens all the time. People get into jail,being innocent and all. But what we need is an attorney more like Kate's and women as strong as Kate. Through Kate's grief for her loved husband I have learnt to cherish every moment and to except death as a phase for the living, a start. A beautify written fiction novel,showing that tho some sorties are horrible and filled with...more
Michelle
For people who felt this book was a fairytale most of it can come true and does everyday. People false accused of such a terrible crime and labeled their whole life. It does not matter if your innocent because people will still feel you are guilty. The pain and torment your family goes through. The wife left to deal with everything. The anger and questions on why would someone lie. Yes there were some fairytale things about the detective but the husband and wife part is so true. I feel fern did...more
Carolyn E
Nov 23, 2011 Carolyn E rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Another wonderful story from Fern Michaels. It has been a while since I have read anything from Fern Michaels, even though I always enjoy her books. Like all of the other books that I have read, Betrayal is an exciting story, as well as being a bit frightening. It portrays the horrendous damage done to an innocent man and his family and the fatal consequences when he is falsely accused of sexual impropriety with a minor child. Always a plus in Michaels's books are the dogs that are included in h...more
Nadra Nathai-Gyan
Read this in one go as one wanted to find out how it will end. One of those that seem to want to proselytize, with hidden messages, but in a subtle way. It is so difficult to stomach what Alex has to undergo and the vileness of the act against him. Seems that not enough vengeance was wrought against the family that destroyed this family. The book seems to be divided into two time periods and it appears that not enough attention was given to the life after for his wife. Seems a bit rushed and not...more
Montessahall Montessahall
One of the worst books I have ever read. Poor dialogue, a huge
amount of irrelevant filler and a lame plot
that loses steam all the way to the end.
Stacey Pagan
I fell in love with Alex and Kate from the very beginning! They were the perfect couple and I would love to have that kind of love! Kate grows during the novel, and I enjoyed watching her emotions twists and turn! Sara. . . Oh I felt great hatred for that little girl, as well as for Debbie. It would have been nice to see how it would have ended if the cards were played different (sorry don’t want to spoil it).

Michaels, as always, has a great novel on her hands. From the time I picked it up, unt...more
Suzanne
I like the book just wish that it moved along faster. Some of the step by step happenings were not necessary.
Alison Sandiford
Great read! A little predictable at times. Very good story. Will read more by this author. Really enjoyed :)
Nancy Brady
Okay, 3½ stars actually...better than most of the last Fern Michaels' novels that I have read (in the recent past). A falsely accused of molesting the daughter of friends is convicted, and his wife plots to enact her revenge on the family. A bit of romance, too, as friends become more, and the family learns to deal with mistakes of the past, and look to the future. Fern Michaels even includes references to her own previous novel series (Texas Rich and Vegas Rich series)...and she is right in tha...more
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