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A nifty thriller
on 5 November 2006
David Hosp follows the excellent Dark Harbour with a new thriller which contains enough political conspiracy theories to appeal to John Grisham fans looking for a different spin on the genre.
The Betrayed is by no means a legal thriller, and bears little resemblance to Dark Harbour (we are introduced to entirely new characters, Detectives Cassian and Train), but after a slow start, it becomes a very good story. We follow Cassian and Train as they investigate a murder, an investigation which proves far more complex than would first appear. There is no shortage of suspects and once the plot has got going, Hosp cranks up the tension very well.
As in Dark Harbour, there's an undercurrent of sexual tension between lead characters, as Cassian struggles to remain professional in his dealings with Sydney, the dead woman's sister. Sydney is a likeable character, albeit one who slightly stretches the bounds of credibility, and her own investigations are key to the development of the plot.
I mostly enjoyed The Betrayed, and the only irritating aspect was that I worked out the denouement. It's hard to tell whether this is a result of reading thrillers on a regular basis and getting to know how authors' minds work, or whether it was just too obvious. But that aside, I still recommend The Betrayed as a good thriller, and will be sure to read Hosp's next effort.