Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong

Betrayals (Cainsville #4) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Sphere
Goodreads Summary: 
When Olivia's life exploded--after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers--she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents' crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn't enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.

Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
Ok, wow. And I thought the first three books were top notch... I don't knw how to explain this one. The major shift happens and I found myself really liking Ricky for a change, his wisdom shining through.

I've read a few negative reviews of the previous books in the series, specifically about the Olivia/Gabriel/Ricky thing (honestly, I don't even want to call it a love triangle). But I can assure you, this book puts aside all doubts (the first three books were mostly foreshadowing) about the real relationship. Hard decisions are made, and the amount of maturity surprised me.

The plotline? Intriguing, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the other books. Betrayals had a larger focus on the relationship side of things, the mystery was a lot weaker. The thing I liked about the mystery is how Kelley Armstrong introduces Fae from other cultures, like Greek and Irish for a change, rather than the Welsh Fae which are the base of the series.

Patrick is actually helpful in this book, and cooperates with Olivia and her crew, producing real results. It's more common for Olivia to visit the Fae/Huntsmen with their respective preferred champion, a smart decision on their parts. I was surprised when it's revealed that the trio has more knowledge when compared to the elders. Betrayals is a really good book and I recommend it.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
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Recommended for: Fans of thrillers, mystery and romance.

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