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The Marriage Betrayal: A totally gripping and heart-stopping psychological thriller full of twists

Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

What readers are saying about Shalini Boland:

"Completely and utterly mesmerising!... I read it until the early hours... I literally couldn’t put it down!!... had my heart beating so fast I thought it would burst! The suspense and tension was amazing." (Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars)

"The perfect psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end... I could feel the tension building... I felt myself wanting to scream... a twisted story that will leave your mouth hanging open. Oh that ending, you just wait for that ending!" (It’s All About the Thrill, 5 stars)

"OMG The queen of killer twists has done it again!!... had me tearing through the pages... my heart was pounding. The story delivers lots of thrills right up until the last page... an exhilarating page turner of a read... will take you by surprise and have you hooked until the very last word." (By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars)

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Excellent!

Fantastic story line. Good pace. Unexpected twists and very likeable characters. Will be looking at other books by this author.

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Good, not great

Overall an interesting concept for a storyline, however I wouldn't say it was gripping or thrilling or overly intriguing. I think it is a little far fetched to believe this was a viable long term solution to her 'problem 'or even plausible. Easy to listen to though, which is probably the best aspect of this audiobook.

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Easy Read <br />

Loved this book the narrator is great very easy listening and loved the twists and turns very good ..

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Enjoyable

Found this story most enjoyable ,with a good story line narration very good. Plenty of twistti it though I had it worked out but far of the mark

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Can’t get enough of Shalini Boland’s Books

Once again Shalini Bolabd has written a complete page turner.
There are so many twists and turns and clues that are written so subtly that they are easily overlooked.
Love how her books are easy reading but still un-put-downable and this one does not disappoint.
It starts with 2 x related couples (Jake & Faye, Laney & Tom - Laney and Jake are sister/brother) with their children on a birthday weekend in the town where Laney & Jake grew up
What should have been a fun time Ends in disaster when Jake and his son go missing.
Highly recommend this book and all of Shalini Boland’s books if you want a fast pace page turner.
The audible is great as well.

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Very easy to read and hard to put down. But a bit predictable and simple.

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Wow!

Another Shalini Boland hit! Did not see the twist coming. Such an amazing author. Absolutely fantastic ♥️

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  • Margaret P
  • 14-08-2019

unexpected ending.

I was totally blown away with the way the story unfolded. Hard to believe such betrayal.

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  • Bernadette Garcia
  • 20-09-2019

Too short but oh....

I wasn't sure where the plot was headed a few times as I was listening and before I knew it the plot peaked and it was over. Boom. Surprise ending. Not enough time to get excited or come up with a few possible theories which I like to do when I'm reading a book like this. I was entertained but for all the wrong reasons.

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  • Julie Hale
  • 06-09-2019

This book is sooooooo goooood

Shalini Boland is a top fave of mine and this book does not disappoint . I wanted to listen every moment, gripped by plot and the suspense and I DID NOT anticipate what happened! Applause to you Shalini and you chose an excellent narrator. I could listen to Katie Villa allllll daaaaaayy looonnng reading Shalini books!

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  • BigTexasAJ
  • 29-08-2019

Just ok

This was an ok story with an ok ending. It’s not really anything that hasn’t already been done... kinda predictable but with a little twist.

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  • Abigail
  • 04-09-2019

Such a great read/listen!!

I love thrillers but most stories are so predictable, NOT THIS ONE!!
So well written, definitely a unique story!

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  • Misty
  • 30-08-2019

ok. abrupt ending

story was good. unpredictable. the ending was disappointing. just ended. does not leave a desire to read another book from this author

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  • Betty Liehr
  • 27-08-2019

Loved this story

What a twist, keep me on pins an needles . I was so surprised at the end!

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  • AJ
  • 26-07-2019

TWIST after twist after twist!

This was a great book! It had me on edge. I couldn't stop listening to it. I just had to know what was happening next. I definitely did not expect that ending. The narrator did a great job as well. So I'm giving this book 5 stars. This is the first book I've listened to by this author and I don't think it'll be the last.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2020

Holding onto hope

I just purchased this book and was excited to get started. Then I started reading the reviews. Please, please, please... if you are going to write a review with spoilers, MENTION IT IN THE TITLE OF YOUR REVIEW!!!!!! There is a review below titled something like "I hate this kind of book", that totally ruins the book if you have not started it. Now I am listening to the book and all I can think about is how the twist is pretty much ruined for me since reading this persons review. If you have yet to listen to this book, I urge you not to read the negative reviews as it will ruin the plot for you. If this review could be taken down, I think it would be great help to anyone who has not listened yet. I will update my review of this book once I am finished. I really hope I enjoy it still regardless of the ending being spoiled.

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  • Mrs. Simpson
  • 23-10-2019

Hate these kinds of books

I really feel insulted when a writer has their character simply lie to the listener throughout the entire book. Oh wow, what a twist......oh right well we were lying the entire time. 😂 ugggg. The story itself was so slow and there were times that it lagged tremendously but the narrator did a good job of keeping momentum, then to find out it was all BS anyway. Give me a break

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-2019

Another fab book by shalini Boland!!!

I’ve read all of this authors books and have enjoyed them all
I always look forward to a new release, and downloaded it, without out reading the storyline, and again once I started. It, I couldn’t put it down
Can’t wait for more!!!

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  • kp
  • 01-10-2019

Brilliant

Gripping thriller that I couldn’t leave and the ending has a great twist I didn’t see coming. Next credit will be the same author

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  • Sarah Martin
  • 30-09-2019

Excellent

Loved this. Hooked from the beginning another great book by Shalini Boland! Must listen book!

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  • Janet leslie
  • 15-09-2019

Gripping

loved this book from start to finish. Narrator super and storyline keeps you in suspense until the end. love this author's books cant wait to start the next one .

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  • rita cunningham -jones
  • 14-08-2019

brilliant story

i could not stop listening,it had me gripped and didn't want it to end ,I loved it

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  • catherine laycock
  • 09-08-2019

Brilliant! A must read/listen!!

A first for me by Shalini Boland. Loved it! Will definitely listen to another . The narrator was excellent.

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  • Rona morris
  • 03-08-2019

Good book real thriller

Well worth a listen as usual a real twist really enjoyed this one don’t hesitate listen to this book

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  • Carrie
  • 29-07-2019

Utter rubbish

I bought this after reading the excellent reviews. I can't believe they were listening to the same book. It was utter drivel. I wanted to stop listening after about 1/3 of the way in and realising that nothing was happening but I kept listening due to the reviews. There are no unpredictable twists. It is totally dull, the characters are not likeable or well developed. The story is boring and predictable. Child and husband disappear, oh surprise, the wife knows more than she let's on. Narrator is average.
Do not bother. Total and utter waste of life.
Most of the book is pointless padding leading you to the big revelation at the end. Which isn't.

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  • sophie
  • 24-07-2019

Again sorry I finished

I love Shalini Boland and have read every book, she has written, and loved every one. This book if you are a fan, shocked me several times, what an amazing writer. Don’t leave it too long before you write another. I listen to my books Narration is Katie Villa was great as well.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 13-07-2019

Brillant

Loved listening to this book . The first book I never guessed the ending . Kept me guessing the whole way through . Excellent listen

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