Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: "Betrayal" by Margaret Bingley


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.

Margaret Bingley


Margaret Bingley was born in Sutton, Surrey more years ago than she cares to remember. She was educated at Sutton High School for Girls GPDST and then at Rickard’s Lodge Secretarial College in Wimbledon. This secretarial college no longer exists, a fact for which she refuses to bear any responsibility.

After that she went to work at the BBC in London, and later moved to work for The Heinemann Group of Publishers at Lower Kingswood in Surrey, where she met her future husband, Alan.

In 1974, Margaret and Alan moved to Grantham in Lincolnshire, due to Alan’s work commitments. Margaret found it difficult to find the kind of work that she enjoyed there, and decided that having a child might be more fun.

In 1976 her son, Alex, was born and she discovered that she was wrong. It had actually been more fun working as a secretary in a tyre making machinery company. Because Alex was an active little chap, with a severe case of sleep aversion for his first four years, Margaret became physically exhausted and mentally brain dead.

After reading a particularly boring book, she decided to try and write one herself and eventually, after many trials and tribulations, her first book THE DEVIL’S CHILD was published. Much of the book was based on those early, halcyon days of motherhood.
She continued writing steadily from 1983 onwards, and in February 2000 she also started writing a weekly column of 400 words for the local paper, The Grantham Journal, entitled ‘The Way I See It’.

The way she saw it was often not the way the readers saw it, but at least it provided people with a talking point and someone to hate when the weather was bad. She stopped writing the column in July 2005 due to her husband’s ill health. 

Over the years, as Margaret has progressed from manual typewriter to electric typewriter to computer, Alan has retired to become a kept man and Alex has been to drama school, where he gained a B.A.(Hons) in acting. He then spent four years as an actor/waiter before deciding to take a Masters Degree in Voice at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Having gained his Masters, he is now a freelance voice and speech coach. He currently teaches voice at The Drama Centre, The Central School of Speech and Drama, the E15 Drama School and on the Italia Conti B.A.(Hons) acting course. He also teaches private and corporate clients and very kindly gives his mother free vocal assistance before she’s due to give any of her talks. He is also extremely good at giving her relaxation hints. On balance, she feels that having a child turned out to be a wise decision.

Apart from her work, Margaret enjoys reading, opera, dry white wine, Foyle’s War (or anything else with Michael Kitchen in it!) and gardening.

She does not like reality TV shows, ‘alternative’ comedians or Political Correctness. 

Margaret also publishes erotica novels under the pseudonyms Fredrica Alleyn and Marina Anderson.