When Olivia’s life exploded–after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers–she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents’ crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn’t enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.
Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel’s help to clear Ricky’s name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.
“Shadowy mystery stalkers? Hidden escape hatches? Creepy subterranean tunnels? My mother tried to get me to take social work for my master’s. I told her it was boring. I was so wrong.”
On the one hand, I don’t know what I can say about Betrayals that I didn’t say for the first three books in this series. On the other hand, I really want to gush more about this series so here we are.
Olivia is looking into the disappearance of some lamiae, a Greek form of fae. Which is wrapped up in who and what she is – the reimagining of Mallt-y-Nos. She is supposed to help the land and the people in it. And the Tylwyth Teg of Cainsville just don’t care about anyone but themselves and their own future, which is currently in danger because Olivia hasn’t decided what side she is aligning with yet. But Olivia cares about these lamia, and she can’t just give up on them.
Even when it turns out to be even more dangerous than normal.
Cue in Gabriel and Ricky, the absolute stars. The time in Betrayals when Olivia gets hurt is my favourite time in the series. Because of how Gabriel and Ricky react. How out of his mind with worry Gabriel gets, how incapable of functioning he is. How Ricky is the absolute rock they both need to get through this. The emotional fallout amongst all three of them, all for different reasons. My love I have for all of them. This book is amazing.
And this is in the midst of Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship still being broken in the wake of the ending of the previous book. Olivia is still guarded around Gabriel, wary of being hurt again. And Gabriel is trying his best to make it up to her, because he understands that what he did was just so, so hurtful to her. And I adore this play by play.
And then there is the ending. Which oh my god. That ending. How did I wait for book five while this series was still ongoing? I’m a wreck of need now, and I already know what’s going to happen!