The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy



The publisher’s blurb:

Robin knew Paul wasn’t perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true.

In the heady strangeness of Morocco, he is everything she wants him to be – passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant.

But when Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry, everything changes.

As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.


Amanda’s review:

Robin was a journalist but changed her career along with her husband.  She’s now an accountant married to ageing hippy, Paul.  Accountancy must pay well: Robin pays off Paul’s debts without batting an eye; they regularly holiday in the Hamptons; and, when the Ageing Hippy goes AWOL in Morocco, she’s booking flights and hotels like a one-woman Thomas Cook.

Paul is prone to the grand gesture (just so long as someone else is picking up the bill), with a weakness for good wine (cue the cliché of specifying a wine’s vintage).  Given this, his unravelling following Robin’s discovery of his betrayal seems implausibly out of character.  Had he brazened it out (as might be expected from what we know of his character), this could have been a much darker and more intriguing read.



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