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New Review: The Judas Tree (Linked Series #1) by Susan Bacoyanis

21 Dec

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Synopsis:

Mary Webster’s reaction to her lover’s betrayal is off the chart…

Mary seems like an ordinary 46-year-old divorcee, beginning a new life in rural England, but she has depths of pent-up pain, the result of 20 years of marital infidelities and abuse. All she needs is a trigger to unleash savage emotions.

When she becomes entangled with Jonas, a married man, Mary suddenly finds herself in the opposite role of the ‘other woman’. Jonas has a nasty streak, however, and taunts with the nursery rhyme ‘Mary, Mary quite contrary…’.

But when Mary uncovers Jonas’s web of seductive lies, betraying not only herself but his wife and several young village women, she plots her revenge and acts out the real meaning of the nursery rhyme…

As things go from bad to worse, Mary is driven over the edge of normality. Because Mary is not normal … she is damaged. Her only redeeming quality is her belief that she is acting for the greater good …

Susan Bacoyanis’s intriguing psychological thriller The Judas Tree is a chilling tale of multiple acts of betrayal and the consequences of greed. It has deep echoes of Penelope Mortimer’s angry woman classic of the Sixties, The Pumpkin Eater.

 




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Wow! What a read!!! If you want a book that will keep you reading the pages into the night, this is the one for you!!!!

Mary has seen her fair share of heartbreak and betrayal. Her husband has left her and much of her time is taken up watching the neighbors, the handsome Jonas and his wife. She finds herself feeling things for this stranger that she knows is wrong. Yet, she can’t stop herself. The more involved she gets with him, his flaws become hard to ignore. He is an abuser and a betrayer. Something inside of her breaks and a brutal plot of revenge is born.

This book is a psychological read like I have never read before. It is a thriller, yet it is also a deep look inside of a woman who has been damaged. She really made me feel somewhat sorry for her and really believe that she is doing these really evil things for the greater good. She wants to make the abuser feel abused, and let me tell you, she really does a good job at that. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the parallels drawn between her and Mary Tudor. All of us know Mary did some really evil things, but I don’t think she was born evil. I think the world shaped her into the person she became. I think the same can be said of Mary in this book.

Make sure as you are reading to note the importance of the title and the parallels with Judas, himself.

If you want a book that will chill you to the bone and really make you think, The Judas Tree is a book not to be missed!!! This book was excellent from the beginning until the very end!!!!!




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Don’t miss the first book in the series:

There Are No Accidents (Linked Series #1)

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Accidents always breed consequences…

Frances Hay’s husband is having an affair.

She fears that his CIA girlfriend, Kelly, is watching her every move and when she discovers that the lies and deceit go deeper than she thought, tensions start to rise.

But is Frances’ husband really the adulterous man she believes him to be? Or has she simply imagined the whole thing?

After Frances moves out in a desperate attempt to start afresh, Lauren Carter moves in.

But it would seem that history is destined to repeat itself, for Lauren is also trapped in a loveless marriage with her abusive husband, Gary.

Gradually Lauren becomes obsessed with detailing his cruel misdemeanours in a private journal and it soon becomes a welcome escape from reality.

Events take a dramatic turn for the worse when Lauren is found dead on her patio floor and Gary is arrested for suspected homicide.

But did he do it?

Does Lauren’s journal hold the key to unlocking the mystery?

It’s not long before LA-based detective Tom pieces together the shocking truth, but will he come clean or is the truth too terrible to admit?

In a bizarre twist of fate, Lauren’s journal ends up in the hands of Frances Hay, who bids for it at the local auction house.

Inspired by their shared experiences, Frances continues Lauren’s story and it is at the signing for her new book that Frances first meets Tom.

They instantly fall in love but any hope of eventual happiness is shattered when Gary is released from prison and they become his next target.

What could he possibly want from them?

With an avenging criminal on the loose, Lauren’s journal may have brought Tom and Frances together, but it also holds secrets that could tear everything apart.

There Are No Accidents is a fast paced psychological thriller that will leave you questioning everything you thought to be true.

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