The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland @Bookouture @ShaliniBoland #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Marriage Betrayal

Author: Shalini Boland

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: July 8, 2019

Page Count: 273

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

‘Daddy has been lying.’

Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…

Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.

As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married – is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?

And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?

From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Before You this book is for you.


Shalini Boland has become to me one of those authors that when I get on a bit of a meh streak and need something I can count on to pick me up I look for one of her books in my queue. Definitely an author I am working my way through her catalog and have enjoyed every one I’ve read so far and thankfully this psychological thriller, The Marriage Betrayal, was no exception.

Faye Townsend only wanted to make some beautiful memories with her family when she came up with the idea to plan a vacation to the seaside town her husband and his sister grew up in. Enlisting the help of her brother in law the surprise trip slowly fell into place as Faye tried to hide her excitement in the surprise.

Faye, her husband and their son along with Faye’s in-laws and their girls, all packed up and headed to the mystery destination only to have the siblings reaction to be not quite what the spouses expected when planning the trip. Faye still tried her best to  get everyone to enjoy themselves but her husband was determined to head home. However, he agreed to take their son out on one last excursion before packing up but when they didn’t return Faye began to uncover the many secrets of the past in that town.

The Marriage Betrayal was again another book by this author that took very few page turns until I was quickly entranced in the story. The author has this captivating way of peeling back layer and layer as she tells her stories with plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep a reader guessing. And of course you never discover that last little twist until it’s all over. Another great story I would recommend.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Shalini Boland is an Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned by Legendary Studios), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, THE CHILD NEXT DOOR, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’ and ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’.

THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL is available to pre-order!

THE SECRET MOTHER is now available in US bookstores, published by Grand Central.

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing pyschological thrillers (in between school runs and sorting endless baskets of laundry).

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as a children’s WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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