The Betrayal (The Guernsey Novels Book 6)
Book Six ofThe 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 bookThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Treachery and theft lead to death - and love
1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by herbeloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…
1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, isbetrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.
1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family's valuable art collection, including aRenoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.
2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona, buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help herdiscover the truth…
Searching for the rightful owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in herbroken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother's ghost to rest?
Who knew about thestolenRenoir?
And are they prepared tokill- again?Book Review
"I have now enjoyed all of Anne Allen's novels, and I'm becoming abig fan. She is a very 'lively' writer who seems to enjoy giving her readers awonderful set of characters in a soft, almost velvety setting. Her books also offer a strong historical element, most oftenWorld War Two when the Germans invaded the island.
In the sixth novel in the set, Fiona and her twin brother, Nigel,discover hidden artwork in the walls of an antique shop. They attempt to discover whom it belonged to but, when Nigel 'supposedly' kills himself, Fiona attempts to discover the truth.
I must say that The Betrayal has a very different feel to it than the other novels in the set. The island is still lovingly described, the characters just as interesting and well developed, but the underlyingmystery is so prominent in this story; in fact, in parts, it is almost athriller. The pacing is faster right from the opening chapter with Teresa and Leo deciding whether to run from the invading Germans or not. And the ending is just asexciting. All in all, totally unputdownable!
To sum up, this is a wonderful novel, with tons of pace where pace is needed, and a setting so lovingly described, it is almost a character in the book. I am happy to recommend this story, in fact, all of them, to anybody who enjoys a well-plotted mystery populated with convincing and always credible characters."A 'Wishing Shelf' Book ReviewThe Guernsey Novels will appeal to lovers of the works of Joanna Trollope, Maeve Binchy, and the best-selling book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.