Review: The Betrayal

This is a thriller from the first to the last page about twins Romaine and Florence in pre-WWII in Paris. The book starts off with Romaine waking up from concussion with her father’s blood on her hands and her father’s dead body next to her. The twins cover up the patricide by shifting the blame to their innocent immigrant Arab gardener who is then executed by the state for murder.

As they grow up the twins are close yet their political affiliations are poles apart. Florence’s husband is in Government and both of them support Hitler and live a very conservative right-wing lifestyle of wealth and privilege, while her husband passes French defence and political information to the Germans.

Meanwhile Romaine is a pilot on the socialist side helping the resistance movement by flying planes with goods to help the Spanish republic fight against fascism. Romaine leads a risk-injected dissolute life of gambling, alcoholism and philandering. Her soul is never at peace with the knowledge of her father’s murder.

As the Germans start to swirl around the sisters in ever tighter circles, the sisters paths start to cross over. How do they protect each other when they are in opposite camps?

There was a nice cameo of Josephine Baker probably coming back from one of her own spying missions for the Resistance.

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