Book of the week
THE BETRAYAL Kate Furnivall Simon and Schuster, $35
Reviewed by Felicity Price
It’s easy to see why Kate Furnivall has so many fans. Although The Betrayal is my introduction to her page-turners, it is unlikely to be the last of her novels I’ll read because she keeps you guessing right to the end with tight writing, engagingly vulnerable sisters as the two main characters, and a sense that there just might be more than one betrayal in the wind.
Set in Paris in 1938, it centres on sisters Romy and her twin Florence, who could not be more different, although they are equally passionate about which side they’re on – Hitler’s or the Resistance.
Romy flies planes, wears drab clothes when not in her flying suit, lives in a squalid dive with empty whisky bottles under her bed, and hates Hitler and everything he stands for. Florence lives in a mansion, wears designer clothes, and, with her husband Roland, collaborates with the Germans infiltrating Parisian society.
But the two share a fierce bond with each other and unconditional love for Florence’s daughter Chloé. They are even more tightly bound together by a secret – a secret that has ruined Romy’s peace of mind and keeps her living on the edge, fearing discovery.
As Romy gets more involved with the anti-hitler movement, she is increasingly at risk – something she doesn’t mind too much because her life is in ruins anyway. The pace picks up and the reader is swept into the fear and breathtaking danger Romy and her lover Leo face – a danger only heightened by the facts we all know about Hitler and his hunger for war.