Book Six of The Guernsey Novels is another dual-time story set during the German Occupation and present-day Guernsey and is likely to appeal particularly to fans of the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Treachery and theft lead to death – and love
1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved hus...more
The Betrayal is the 6th book in the The Guernsey Novels but my very first book.
It can be read as a standalone perfectly fine.
The Betrayal is a thrilling yet poignant read yet it's full of mystery and intrigue.
The story is told within two time lines, present and WW2 which is partly what attracted me to the book. I love reading books that feature the war time as it's always fascinating and dramatic.
The opening to The Betrayal we see a family torn apart due to the Ge ...more
I love a dual time novel, particularly if the setting is WW2 and purchased this book last year. Being invited on to the tour seemed an ideal opportunity to bump it up the reading mountain.
The story begins in 1940 with the i ...more
I really, really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed that it covered two main periods of time, during and just after WWII and 2011. Anyone who knows me or follows my blog will already know I am a fan of historical fiction and crime fiction/psychological thrillers so this was definitely a book that drew my attention.
I really enjoyed the plot and the characters were great, I really liked the characters of Teresa and Fiona and how they dealt with what happened to th ...more
I love coastal crime novels and the WW2 era, so this was a combination, I knew I would enjoy.
I live on a Channel Island and although I haven’t visited Guernsey yet! I have visited Jersey and its many tourist sites in relation to the German occupation. So, it was easy to visualise the setting and atmosphere that such a novel generates.
The author has ...more
The Betrayal is told over two time periods and I always enjoy stories where past and present connect. In the historical strand during WW2, Guernsey looks likely to become occupied by the ...more
The Betrayal is no. 6 in the “Guernsey Novels”. It can easily be read as a stand-alone. A gentle novel that has at its heart the discovery of a possibly genuine Renoir.
Nigel Torode took over N and F Antiques in Contrée Mansell, and because he was developing a life impacting illness, his twin sister, Fiona, agreed to come and help him manage the business. However, right at the beginning of the novel he is found hanged. The police do not suspect foul play – perhaps his recen ...more
When it looked likely that Guernsey would be invaded by the German militia in the early 1940’s, the premier antique shop owner on the island, Leo Bichard insisted his young wife Teresa and baby daughter Judith were evacuated to the relative safety of her fa ...more
mystery and romance with a dash of the supernatural.
It was an easy read and easy to get involved in the
characters lives. The story goes back and forth
between 1940 and 2011. During WWII Guernsey was
preparing for a German invasion as the British
Government had withdrawn their defence of the island.
This was an interesting piece of history and which maybe not many
people today are aware of so I thought it was good to
Fiona was distr ...more
A time slip mystery that takes you to a war torn Guernsey, who at first were coping fairly well but with the threat of German occupation the small island and it’s community were soon left isolated from the rest of Europe.
Now in 2011 Fiona and her twin brother Nigel, the new owners of a long-established antique shop in Guernsey, are fizzing with excitement of the paintings they have just found hidden amongst the property. With Fio ...more
This was my first time reading Anne Allen, and I now want to go back to read the other books in the Guernsey Novels. ...more
I say this all the time, but duel narrative = big favourite of mine, and with two separate but connecting stories set in both the present, where Fiona’s ...more
While de ...more
In present day Guernsey, twins Fiona and Nigel are the proud new owners of a well established antique shop. They found a hidden trapdoor during the refurbishment which lead to an underground storage ro ...more
Believable, interesting characters are easy to empathise with and draw you into present-day Guernsey and it's WW2 legacy, most notably the German occupation of the island. The gentle romance and supernatural elements enhance the storyline. The writing is clever as present-day events are determined by the ...more
7th October, 2017
TITLE: The Betrayal, The Guernsey Novels, Book 6
AUTHOR: Anne Allen
Star Rating: 5
A stylishly-written saga packed full of interesting characters and plot twists. Addictive reading!’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review
I have now enjoyed all of Anne Allen’s novels and I’m becoming a big fan. She is a very ‘lively’ writer who seems to enjoy giving her readers a wonderful set of characters in a soft, almost velvety setting. Her books also offer a strong hist ...more
I couldn't put this one down and was so disappointed when the end came! I definitely wanted more! This book skillfully combines familiar locales from the other books in the series and weaves in stories of other characters we, as fans of the Guernsey novels, have come to know and love!
Spoiler alert: the crime is solved quickly but it's the techniques and process of how that's done that is fascinating for the reader, and who doesn't like a little ghost action as well!
I l ...more
I was intrigued by the twins connection even in death. It was good to hear about the history again of the island and the people.
From death, hidden paintings, London and Guernsey this story had a bit of everything and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so a good 5 stars from me and I would recommend y ...more
Whilst there are a few characters in The Betrayal who are familiar from the other novels in the series, The Betrayal is a stand-alone story.
Central to the plot is a previously unknown Renoir painting, discovered in a dark cellar underneath an an ...more
Fortunately, I also like challenging my reading zones, so I decided, what the heck?
Man, am I glad I did. Allen had me turning page after gloriously written page until four in the morning! And not just because I had a deadline to finish it by!
The book reads as a standalone, so don’t let the fact that it’s the sixth book in ...more
Visit the locations in the novel
I admit to having come to this series of books late – but the good side is that I have a few more to read now! This is the sixth and if this is anything to go by, I’m going to spending a LOT of time on Guernsey with pleasure!
Nigel and Fiona, their antique shop and the mysterious Renoir painting opens up a great premise for exploring the island’s past ( and the little unknown fact that Renoir did spend some time painting here) and it’s a richly dark tale which unf ...more
Beginning in Guernsey in 1940, the horrors of war are immediately brought to bear with Leo seeing his wife and child off on a boat to England, evacuating them to safety before the expected invasion of the isl ...more
Fiona and her brother Nigel purchase the store but while Fiona is in London, Nigel dies. His death is ruled a suicide but Fiona is certain he would ...more
This book centers around Nigel and Fiona, twins who have bought an antique shop on Guernsey after Nigel's MS diagnosis. Fiona was origina ...more
The book is split into two timelines, first there is Guernsey in the 1940's, where a family is split by the threat of imminent war. Then on to 2011 where twins Fiona and Nigel move to Guernsey to open an antique shop.
At the heart of the story is a painting, thought to be a Renoir, and a suspicio ...more
I really enjoyed the storyline of the book and I thought the cross over of going back and forth between past and p ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this fabulous Guernsey series, and The Betrayal was no exception. Once more the dual timeline story set in Guernsey and England contained mystery and intrigue as well as suspense, and a romance. I love the way that Anne Allen included characters from the previous books.