|Author: Kelley Armstrong|
|#Pages: 432 (Hardcover)|
|Publisher: Random House|
|Release Date: Published|
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“Betrayals” is the fourth book in the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong. From the opening of the first pages of “Omens”, the first book in this blockbuster series, I was thoroughly engrossed. Each time I finish the next in the series I pout, moan, cry, mourn for the loss.
I read “Betrayals” for the first time last year when it published. When the fifth book came out this fall I decided to revisit “Betrayals”. I didn’t want to miss a thing and with this series the details matter. I was surprised to find I hadn’t reviewed the fourth book so I’m taking the opportunity now. Let me give you a general outline of the Cainsville Universe before delving into the specifics of “Betrayals”.
Olivia Jones is smart and highly educated, she thinks she is the only child of a wealthy and privileged family. When it hits the press that she is in fact the daughter of notorious convicted serial killers, Olivia’s near perfect life implodes. She finds sanctuary from the media in the isolated and unusual town of Cainsville. There she meets Gabriel Walsh. He is the cutthroat, highly successful and brilliantly manipulative Chicago lawyer with ties to Cainsville. Gabriel has worked on Pamela’s appeal case. Pamela is Olivia’s birth mother.
Olivia is desperate to find the truth about her adoption and whether her real parents did what they are convicted of. Thus starts the Cainsville Series. Gabriel and Olivia will track down her past. In that excavation is a connection to the seemingly supernatural town of Cainsville and it’s residents.
“Betrayals” begins only weeks after the ending of “Deceptions“. Olivia is the unwitting a player in a psychological drama involving her boyfriend Ricky and Gabriel. The elders of Cainsville and the Otherworldly Huntsman both vie for their favor and will stop at nothing to manipulate the situation. While dealing with Cainsville, Olivia and Gabriel must also find who is killing street kids because someone is working behind the scenes to frame Ricky for the crimes. The precarious bond the three friends have is disturbed as Cainsville, the Huntsman and the killer come crashing together in a deadly confluence.
Sometimes although a book is a good read, it is really a vehicle to get you to the next book more than it is it’s own separate story. “Betrayals” is one of those books. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable and all the main characters were made more complete through this storyline. But the mystery was much more a transitional book as opposed to a heart stopping thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed listening in on Gabriel’s inner thoughts. It was so wonderful to see Ricky understand his role in Olivia’s life. It felt like I was quenching an insatiable thirst by reading this book as I learned more and more about the three main characters. That’s what was so engrossing about this book.
If you would like to start a new series that keeps you on the edge of your seat, involves a love triangle with supernatural forces and head scratching mysteries then you have hit the trifecta. Kelley is an outstanding writer. I always devour her books too fast for my own liking but, like good chocolate, I can’t help myself. Giving me a Kelly Armstrong book is like giving cookie monster access to the Mrs. Fields cookie factory. You can be guaranteed that within a very short time there will be no pages or cookies left. GO try The Cainsville Series, I promise, you won’t regret it.
I highly recommend reading this particular series in order. The details of the previous books exponentially increase the enjoyment of the next in the series. Here are the books in order:
What’s Next On NBIYH:
Reading: “Operator Down” by Brad Taylor (previous books in this series reviewed HERE)
Anticipating: A review on “Rituals“, the 5th book in the Cainsville Series.
Loving: The fact I’m gonna hunker down during Christmas and read all the books I’ve hoarded in the last several months!