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The Cost of Betrayal

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 ratings  ·  204 reviews
In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trap
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow! Each of these stories is amazing, yet so different from each other. I enjoyed them all equally and felt they complemented each other so well. The first story "Betrayal" from Dee Henderson is so fascinating, I loved seeing the process of a cold case break wide open at the hands of a couple of FBI agents who were in the right time at the right place. I thought it was interesting how it switched perspectives to show a broader view of the story. I appreciated that the conclusion was so realisti ...more
Maureen Timerman
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What a journey you are about to begin, from one novella to the next, these do not disappoint, and in two of them I was reunited with old friends.
Filled with mystery and suspense, we travel in our minds from a woman in jail for a crime she didn’t commit, back on an Island with people being murdered, along with a storm, and then we are back with the St. John family and trouble with some of their own.
What a great pairing of authors, and each story can be read alone, but it is really hard to read ju
My star rating of the three stories in the book averages out at around 3.5, but I'm rounding up because the last two were so good.

Betrayed by Dee Henderson: 2 stars
Boooooooorrrrrrrrring. Neither romantic nor suspense. Basically a blow by blow of a woman getting pardoned for a crime and a bit about the doctor who is her psychologist afterward. This one didn’t hold up to a reread at all.

Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey: 4 stars
A quickie story set during a storm on an East-Coast island. First Teni’s co
Cara Putman
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable novella collection from three of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Each author has a distinct style that is evident in this collection. And the stories are perfect for a quick read.
Amanda Tero
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Betrayed - Dee Henderson
From a writer’s perspective, this was a very interesting story. It was basically a mystery revolving around one character’s unjust sentence—but you never heard her POV. Instead, it was Paul and Ann who realized the fishy schemes and got the girl pardoned and then Greg in helping her rehabilitate. The story was primarily dialogue, a lot of problem-solving and explanation. It took me a while to get into it, but it really worked. I wasn’t a fan of how it ended, but then, if
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
If you're looking for a novella collection to keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further than The Cost of Betrayal! Featuring new stories from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason this book is full of thrills and chills!

Betrayed by Dee Henderson - Whoa! This story did not end when I thought it would. I was really surprised when I flipped my screen to the next page and saw the word Epilogue. It made me stop and think. It made me wonder. It made me try to figure out what h
Andrea Cox
By Dee Henderson
Rating: 1 star

This story was hard for me to connect with, because there was very little action and the tone throughout was extremely passive. The entire plot felt too stiff, too controlled, which left no room for the characters to have natural reactions to any of the plot points.

Where was the suspense in this suspense book??? The crime was already done and over. Getting a character pardoned from prison was much too easy with everything falling perfectly into place with no
Sarah Grace Grzy
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ for violence and romance
Another wild ride from Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason! I really enjoyed this collection, although maybe not quite as much as the previous one. It's a close call.

To be honest, this novella wasn't quite what I was expecting from a romantic suspense collection. It was a little light on suspense with little-to-no action and was definitely light on romance. I didn't mind that, though. I always find Henderson's angst- and drama-free romances so refreshing. The premise of Betrayed was very int
Kelly Bridgewater
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy a good novella collection especially when it features three of my favorite romantic suspense authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. All of these authors have captured my attention in their full length novels, and I enjoyed their past novella collaboration Sins of the Past. I couldn't wait to get my hands on their new collection, The Cost of Betrayal. Even though all three novels have to do with Betrayal of some sort, each individual novel stands alone.

"Betrayed" by Dee
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cost of Betrayal was a good collection of novellas. It starts off with Betrayed by Dee Henderson. I loved her older novels, but was disappointed with Full Disclosure, so I wasn't sure how I would like this one. It wasn't bad, but it was my least favorite of the collection. The mystery was intriguing, but I didn't like the ending.

The second story was Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey. This is the novella I was most excited about when I heard of this collection and it was just as amazing as I antici
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I am a fan of these three authors so I was giddy with anticipation when I got this book. I love books with both romance and suspense which is what attracts me to these authors and their books over and over.

Of the three books, I would have to say that Dani Pettrey's was my favorite with Lynette Eason's a close second. Both of these books had fantastic pacing and had my heart beating a little faster than normal. I loved how they felt complete and full despite being a little bit shorter than usual
Caitlyn Santi
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Betrayed-Dee Henderson

I first met Paul and Ann in Unspoken and it was neat to see them again.
I absolutely loved the hero, Greg! The island and all the activities it offered were super interesting to read about, and I loved Greg's dog, Marco! Also, all the different foods that Janelle cooked sounded delicious. The mystery in this story was very good!
Overall, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't my favorite of the collection.

Deadly Isle-Dani Pettrey

I am a die-hard Dani Pettrey fan, her name on the co
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dee Henderson's Betrayed - This one had an intriguing premise to it. And I enjoyed catching up with Paul and Ann. But I felt that there was something missing. The story didn't feel finished. Rating - 3 stars

Dani Pettrey's Deadly Isle - This was by far my favorite of the collection. I loved Teni and Callen. I loved how they interacted with each other. This one kept me reading. Rating - 5 stars

Lynette Eason's Code of Ethics - This one was a delight to read. I'm already familiar with the St. John f
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of all three authors, and I enjoyed these novellas. Each one was interesting and a quick read. Eason's story was my favorite. It was full of twists and turns even though it wasn't a full novel. Fans of these authors will enjoy these novellas. It's also a great introduction to each author if you haven't read their full novels.

I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a clever theme to bind a collection of suspense novellas together! And how amazing that when you give that theme -- betrayal -- to three different authors they each come up with a totally different twist on it! That's literary awesomesauce right there. But it gets better because each novella has the same 'oomph' that you'd find in a full length novel! Incredible pacing filled with tension and danger and a trail of clues to be pieced together. I read each novella in one page-turning frenzy o ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great choice for romantic suspense fans, The Cost of Betrayal truly is the perfect name for this collection. All of the stories deal with people who have been betrayed in some of the worst ways.

The first novella, Betrayal by Dee Henderson, moves at a much slower pace than the other two stories. I really enjoyed the build up as the main characters worked through new evidence to determine what really happened years earlier. I enjoyed the entire story, but ended up feeling like I was left hanging
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Didn't read the first story because I don't care for Dee Henderson's newer stuff, but the other two were really good! ...more
Rebekah Lewis
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thoughts on Betrayed by Dee Henderson: 1/5 stars.

The story started out a little oddly. I would have liked more of an introduction but we started right off in the middle of two people's lives. Paul and Ann are interesting characters, Ann is especially quirky, but fun.
I noticed what I always notice when reading Dee's books-- things got a bit too technical Too much shop talk, not enough character interaction.
I was a little confused because we weren't given much of a back story for Paul and
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What could be more exciting than a collection of novellas from three of my favourite mystery-suspense authors? The Cost of Betrayal is suspense at its very best. A perfect sample of these three masters’ writing for new readers or simply another collection to enjoy for old fans. Either way, readers are sure to love the three new novellas in this collection.

Betrayed by Dee Henderson

It is so wonderful to drive back into the marvellous writing of suspense master Dee Henderson. Her novella, Betrayed
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this collection of 3 novellas by some of my favourite Christian suspense authors. I thought each story represented well the author's work as a whole. My favourite of the stories was Dani Pettrey's. I think it had just the right mix of suspense, romance, and faith! ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I know the truth is miserable. You don't want to believe it. That's fair. But, again, you need to accept it as a possibility . . . . " Betrayed - Dee Henderson

No one wants to believe that a person whom they have loved and trusted is capable of betrayal, but that's exactly what happens in this extraordinarily well written trio of high level suspense novellas.

And who wouldn't want to be back among Ann and Paul Falcon's circle of friends?
Christian Fiction Addiction
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three of the most popular authors of romantic suspense once again join forces and offer up a set of novellas that are sure to get your heart racing! Sometimes you don't have time to get swept up into a long novel, and these stories satisfied my craving for some well-written suspense that fit into my busy schedule. Pettrey and Eason's novellas are infused with action of the best kind, with scenes that are lively and crackle with tension and danger. But Henderson's novella is addictive in a differ ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed"

Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

My thoughts: BETRAYED is a drama that played out in thought and mind, reliving events of the past when an innocent person is jailed for a crime she didn't commit.

When the murder w
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a little more resolution or action from Dee’s novella. It’s an interesting take on life after a wrongful conviction is corrected, but I miss the suspenseful romance style of the O’Malleys and her military series.

Dani’s story has that style in spades, and I hope Callen and Teni show up in her upcoming Coastal Guardians series! I wouldn’t mind catching up with these characters.

Lynette’s Blue Justice novella is sweet and suspense-y, and Issac is one swoon-inducing character, y’all. I know
Julie Graves
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Betrayal by Dee Henderson

Ann and Paul Falcon from other books by Dee Henderson, are featured in this novella. Ann finds evidence that helps pardon a woman that has been in prison for murder for 6 years. They enlist the help of a friend and doctor to help Jenna re-acclimate into society. Little by little they reveal pieces of her case that helped set her free, but Jenna can't believe who they suspect as the real murderer.

I truly enjoyed reading this story...except for the ending! With this being
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, suspense
The first 40% of the book is a crime fiction by Henderson. It had no suspense or romance, just an old crime. The first third of the story was Ann Falcon stumbling across the missing murder weapon from a closed case--the murderer is already in prison. Since the weapon is in an unexpected spot, she looks into the case. This took the form of Ann telling her husband possible scenarios based on the evidence, then skip to their next conversation where she tells him new evidence and all of the possible ...more
Lisa Johnson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Pages: 334
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Unbelievable! Three truly talented authors write three novellas that are filled with suspense, thrills, faith, action and more. Each accomplished author has written many novels individually that are truly magnificent to read, so if you’re not familiar with them look up their novels and dive right in! The three novellas aren’t tied together, and the
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of fiction by various authors often reveals differences in writing style. That is the case here.

The first novella, Betrayed, is from Dee Henderson and is a very mellow one. There is really no suspense nor is there any romance. A retired Ann and her FBI husband Paul are the main characters. (They met in Full Disclosure.) Much of the plot revolves around their calm actions and calm discussions. An interesting aspect of the narrative was an exploration of the psychological issues one
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
I'm not always a huge fan of novella-length stories, but this collection is well done in general.

"Betrayed" by Dee Henderson is by far the weakest of the three stories and what made me average the rating as 3 stars. Henderson's overly wordy and analytical style of writing does not lend itself well to a novella. Every piece of evidence, feeling, possibility, action is examined from all sides, sometimes multiple times. This potentially would have been all right in this story had there actually be
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for this partnership.

In this book, three short stories are grouped together: in the first one: "The betrayal": we find Jannele who after six years of imprisonment is released by strangers. She was serving a 20-year sentence for a crime she did not commit. Which means the murderer is still at large. She needs support to feel safe because she will not survive another betrayal.

In the second short story: "Deadly Isle" We find Kent who has
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Dee Henderson is the author of 27 non-fiction and fiction titles, including Jesus the Truth and the Life, The Good News Project, Taken and the acclaimed O’MALLEY series. Several titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list; Full Disclosure has also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her boo

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