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Format: Mass Market Paperback
WARNING... Some spoilers. I have tried to keep them minimal, but read at your own risk.
On the "Books are food for the mind" I normally rate Fern Michaels as Family dinning. Her books may not be the best in the world, but they are usually well written with interesting characters. They are the good books to grab while on vacation or to grab on audio because you're heading on a long car trip and want something to keep you entertained.
Betrayal, however, is an awful book. I know I'm going against the tide here, but I found it a terrible little book full of horrible cliches. Let's start with the good sister and the bad sister. The good sister is thin and blond. The bad sister is fat and has dark hair. We know the bad sister is fat because Fern Michaels won't let us forget it for one second. She's a nasty, fat little girl with nothing but evil on her mind. Even the good sister is disgusted by her and never seems to miss a chance to remind her sister that she's fat and thus, a rotten person. She's sweet and polite with everyone else, but when it comes to her sister, since she's a fat kid, no one should have to be tactful, so good sister has no problem ragging bad sister for being fat. Bad sister herself can't seem to do anything but eat. It's pretty clear that Fern wanted to paint a "Good" vs. "Bad" picture here and wanted to beat the reader over the head with it and found it quickly. "Oh yes, I'll make the bad girl FAT! REALLY FAT! That's awesome, because everyone knows that fat children are terrible animals with no self control! And just to make sure the reader never forgets, every time this person enters the room, reenters the story, I'll point out how fat she is! And she'll whine about how hungry she is, ALL THE TIME. She won't be able to say ten sentences without yapping her trap about how she wants to eat, eat, eat."
I think what bothered me too, is that in this book, this evil child was manipulated... at the age of TWELVE. Yet, she seems to be held 100% accountable for her actions. I'm not saying that the child was guilt free, but when I was twelve, I listened to my parents. I did what they told me. Yet, it always seems like because bad sister is so fat and thus, evil, she gets no break for her age. One minute she's whining like she's seriously mentally challenged, yet at the age of twelve, she could get everyone to dance like puppets. And as an adult, she's still unable to talk for ten sentences without mentioning food. Having been someone who lived with people who dealt with weight issues and had her own all of her life, no, fat people don't discuss food all the time. Seriously, we don't. We don't even like to mention food, because the moment the subject comes up, everyone stares at you when you're fat. But not this girl. She can't even talk about her boyfriend without mentioning that they like to toast wieners over an open fire. This whole, "I'm fat and I love to eat," is way overplayed in the book.
The conclusion of this book was too neat too. The "bad" people all get what is properly theirs. The good people get their hearts desire, right down to something that usually doesn't happen to a middle aged couple, but hey, nothing is too good for them, right?
It's too bad that Ms. Michaels had to use this book as her platform to beat us over the head with her "Fat people are miserable" agenda, because it might have been a good book, otherwise. It poked a stick bravely at an issue that is a very sensitive one in our country, and if done right, it would have been interesting to see how you handle being on the other end of the witch hunt when you're not guilty. But instead, she flipped it into a ridiculous book where we're expected to believe a twelve year old girl, who is normally unable to do anything but talk about where and what she will eat next, was suddenly able to convince everyone she did something she did not. It's a world where fat people are horrible cliches. It's a world where someone works for the IRS for five years and it teaches them how to become an expert hacker and able to access anyone's personal accounts. It's too unbelievable. I expected better.