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Betrayal by Kay Burley
11:40am Thursday 31st May 2012 in Books
Betrayal by Kay Burley is published in paperback by HarperCollins, priced £7.99. Available now.
With her second novel, you can garner a clear idea as to the trajectory Kay Burley's writing career is going.
It's surely on the upward trend, as the well-known Sky newsreader continues with the well-trodden yet popular route of politics, sex and aristocracy versus nouveau riche clashes.
The young and idealistic Lily Dunlop is angered by the fact that her late father, "the oik-done-good" Joseph, may have dealt her a cruel blow and that her mother, Lady Catherine, has retained a devastating secret, leading to possible earth-shattering ramifications.
However, toss in a rich Arab royal family with a misogynistic prince at its head, a siege inside a Mayfair security vault, a group of cartoon-styled media tycoons, with only ambition and sex on their minds, and a stereotypical collective of hard-drinking working types on the peripheral and only disappointment springs to mind.
Betrayal is a page-turner, but not a very good one.
(Review by Denise Bailey)