Set in the second half of the twentieth century, Lisa Green comes from a world of privilege, but only in the way of wealth, not in love. When a turn of events leaves her single, with an Autistic child to raise, without the means to support herself, Lisa gets stuck in an abusive new relationship that she is desperate to get out of. BETRAYAL catalogs one woman’s search for love without conditions, sexual or otherwise, in a world that seems bent against her.
Lisa has had an emotionally stunted childhood. As an adopted child, she was never good enough for her mother and her father wanted to use her for his gain. She is opinionated and boisterous which leads to some wrong decisions. When she makes a huge error it alters her life completely.
Lisa is a character that pulls on you emotionally. She goes through experiences that can only be described as torture. She was reared in the wrong circle and the people in it is what lead to the men in her life. She is so innocent, vulnerable, and gullible that she doesn't know the dangers around her until it's at a point of no return. I don't want to give anything away, just know that each event effects the future events.
The book is a long novel length. It takes Lisa from a young girl to a woman in her 20's. It's a story of organized crime in England along with a group from Italy. Based on clothing descriptions I'd say it's the 80's or 90's. It was hard to read how little the women matter in this world. Even the children are only used for bartering or heirs.
The story is thorough and detailed. There are some times when it's hard to tell who is speaking, but once you get used to how the book is written it's not bothersome. This is the first book I've read by this author, but I will surely look at her others. She knows how to make a story so gripping that it leaves a permanent mark on you. I love the ending, It was done so that a person is left feeling complete with no wish for more information of the future.