Her Betrayal by Emm Tallon

Published: February 15, 2022


Pages: 346

Genre: Crime Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, organised crime thrillers. With several bestsellers published by Bookouture since early 2017, Emma continues to write full time and has many ideas in the pipeline for future novels.

Head of the family crime business, and with a new guy in her life, things have never been better for Scarlet Drew. Working with her aunt Lily on their biggest ever job – revenge on the woman who set fire to their factory, with Lily’s daughter trapped inside – Scarlet is suddenly dragged into the local police station to answer questions about the death of a local gangster. The face she sees across the interview table shocks her to her core. It’s her new boyfriend, John.

Hours later, John is banging on Scarlet’s door, telling her he loves her and she can trust him. Can Scarlet risk believing the only man she’s ever loved, or is she putting her family in unthinkable danger?

As the night of Lily’s plan draws near, the police come knocking once again. This time with evidence that could see Scarlet locked-up for good. Can they still pull off their biggest job yet, or has Scarlet made a fatal mistake and let John get one step ahead of them?

“They hadn’t seen her coming, and when she came, she came with force.”

Lily is the head of her family, and she rules with a brutal fist. When someone burns down their warehouse, with Ruby, Lily’s daughter, inside- Lily knows that cannot go unpunished. There is no drama quite like family drama, and if mama isn’t happy, then no one is happy.

I didn’t realize this was part of a series until I finished it, but the way this book is written, as a stand-alone, is very well done.

The characters were all well defined and developed thoroughly. The mix of personalities was well played.

Lily is a total baddie. She is brutal, intelligent, brave, and unforgiving. She loves her children and will stop at nothing to protect them.

Ruby is fragile and often led by her emotions. But she channels her feelings to allow her to focus on her little plan of revenge.

Scarlet is capable and brave and eager to continue proving herself to Lily. She wants to be a valuable asset. To be seen almost like a daughter, a partner.

Cillian and Connor were nice comedic relief in intense scenes, though they are ruthless and will stop at nothing to do their mother’s bidding. Fierce and loyal, brave and bold- the Drew twins are a deadly combination.

There were a lot of characters to follow, but the pieces all worked together. As things started to shift and fall into place, it became clear just how in control Lily was.

With a twist I didn’t see coming and an ending that left me needing more- this is a journey that is just beginning.

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