Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review: Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong





Publication Date: 8/9/2016
Series: Cainesville #4
Rating: 5 Stars




Official Blurb: 

When Olivia's life exploded--after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers--she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents' crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn't enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.

Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.


After reading through the other reviews about Betrayals, I think I find myself in the minority of people who really enjoyed it.  Many others are held up on the love triangle aspect to the story, but that doesn’t bother me at all. With a story so wrapped in the past histories of the fae, I would expect a little supernatural plot twisting to come along with it.  Betrayals, at least to me, is an excellent book where Armstrong has expertly played on reader’s emotions when it comes to Team Ricky or Team Gabriel.  For me, I have always been more drawn toward Gabriel. Sure, he’s oddly closed off and seemingly emotionless, but he’s changed since the very first book.  He protects Olivia and tries to break his old habits for her.  He’s not perfect and honestly, neither is she.  The banter between them left my heart melting with each exchange.

While the romantic triangle is the central point to the story, Betrayals focuses on not only the murders that seem to be stacking up in the area, but Gabriel’s past.  The mystery to each story has always intrigued me because that’s where we really see these characters’ shine. Ricky and Gabriel are balanced perfectly with Olivia’s sleuthing skills.  This series continues to blossom into something beautifully tragic and I can’t wait for the next one!

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