Fiction - Thriller - General
392 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Betrayed is a work of fiction in the thriller, suspense, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Linda M Bello-Ruiz. This gripping novel, which was inspired by real events, follows the harrowing journey of engineer Javier Torres and his girlfriend, Carolina. As they navigate the treacherous landscape of a dangerous cartel, Javier becomes the target of a violent attack by hitmen. Miraculously surviving a hail of bullets, Javier and Carolina find themselves on the run, desperately seeking answers to why they were targeted and who they can trust. With every twist and turn, the characters are pushed to their limits, uncovering shocking truths about those around them.

Author Linda M Bello-Ruiz has crafted a powerful novel that combines suspense and intrigue with authentic emotions, balancing the threat level perfectly to convey real-world danger without any of the Hollywood bells and whistles overdoing it. The story is a heart-pounding thriller that delves into the complexities of betrayal, trust, and survival, all of which are enhanced by the visceral close narration of the author that really gets inside the protagonists’ heads. The characters are well-developed, and their journey keeps you on the edge of your seat for a tense and suspenseful experience, set against some truly atmospheric backdrops that complement the novel’s intense mood perfectly. The exploration of human resilience in the face of adversity is both compelling and relatable, as the novel's foundation in actual events adds an extra layer of authenticity to the story. Overall, I would certainly recommend Betrayed as a thrilling and thought-provoking read.