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Reviewed by Eeva Lancaster for Readers' Favorite
Mark M. Bello's Betrayal High delves into the topic of bullying and the consequences at its core. Kevin Burns has been bullied all his life, and moving into the affluent neighborhood of Bloomfield did not help. Kevin's family did not fit in, and neither did he. They made fun of him in all possible ways. One day, the young man decides he's had enough. He takes his father's guns, goes to school, and shoots the bullies. He would've killed more if not for a teenager who prevented him from doing so. This is where the legal battle starts. High profile lawyer Zach Blake's son was the teenager who stopped Burns from killing more people and he got shot in the process. For Blake, it's personal. He goes after the arms dealers and questions the 2nd Amendment. Who should be allowed to buy weapons and are the restrictions being followed?
This legal drama was absolutely page-turning. Mark M. Bello showed the points of view of all sides and it was interesting to see the motivations of all parties involved. Powerful people are involved, and it goes as high as the President of the United States. You can imagine the suspense as each faction tries to get out of the situation. How far will they go to protect their own interests? And what about Kevin Burns? Is he fit to stand trial? Did he suffer a mental breakdown or was his murderous rampage planned and intentional? Did he feel remorse? Should he be pitied or condemned? One of the best legal thrillers I've read, Betrayal High kept me entangled in the story. It's relevant, well-written, perfectly paced, and an engaging read from page one. Highly recommended!