You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson

The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition . . . some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills’ kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He’s tried to make his own way, less interested in a future inheritance than in his construction company–and in enjoying the many women taken in by the easy charms of a handsome, soon-to-be-rich bad boy.

Perhaps there’ve been too many women. Waking up in a small hospital in Washington State, bandaged, and bruised, James barely recognizes the gorgeous blonde who comes to visit. Through the haze of pain and medication, he recalls that she is Sophia, the woman he’s been cheating with. Gradually memories return–his girlfriend, Megan, had found out about Sophia. Now Megan is missing, her sister, Rebecca, is hounding him–and police and reporters are asking questions too. James insists he has no idea what happened. Yet he can’t escape a feeling of dread . . .

Meanwhile, in a locked room, a woman waits, trapped, petrified, and desperate. She thought she knew who to trust. But the betrayal you can’t imagine–or can’t remember–might be the most terrifying weapon of all . . .

Titles in The Cahills series include — If Only She Knew -Almost Dead – You Betrayed Me –

Title:  You Betrayed Me
Series:  The Cahills #3
Author:  Lisa Jackson
Genre:  Mystery Suspense
Published:  October 27, 2020
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

You Betrayed Me is the third title in The Cahills series, and this addition to the series will keep you guessing, reassessing your “bad guy” choices throughout until the very end.

A couple of things to take note of… the timeline of events seems to jump around a lot.  There were times when the timing alone kept me from figuring out who exactly is the true villain in this story.  And villains… there really is no “good guy” to root for aside from the detectives on the case, Brett Rivers and Wynona Mendoza, and perhaps that was the point in many ways.  I couldn’t find one redeeming quality for any of the Cahill related characters that we’re introduced to or have to figure out who has pulled off this disappearance.

For me, You Betrayed Me was an intricate web that spun off in so many directions that I stopped trying to solve the puzzle and just got lost in the story.  And that is as far as I’m willing to go with details.

You will find twists and turns, lies and more lies, false clues, red herrings, and not be able to believe one thing that any character (aside from the detectives investigating) says.  It’s an intense story without anyone to root for… and frankly, that felt uncomfortable.  Effective, yes, but not a style I’m accustomed to.  I’ve always felt that Lisa Jackson is a master storyteller, and that still holds true for me… but I do wish I could have liked someone aside from the investigators in this story.

If you enjoy making puzzle pieces fit into a complete picture, then you’ll enjoy the intrigue and mystery of You Betrayed Me.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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