Betrayal by Danielle Steel
(Delacorte Press, 2012, 321 pages)
At thirty-nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. Her work as a film director is her passion and the center of her life; one after another, her award-winning productions achieve the rare combination of critical and commercial success. With no interest in the perks of her profession or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Tallie maintains close and loving relationships with her college-age daughter and her aging father, and has a happy collaboration with Hunter Lloyd, her respected producing partner, confidant, and live-in lover. Rounding out the circle and making it all work is Brigitte Parker, Tallie’s devoted personal assistant. Friends since film school, they are a study in contrasts, with Brigitte’s polished glamour balancing Tallie’s artless natural beauty, and her hard-driving, highly organized style a protective shield for Tallie’s casual, down-to-earth approach.
As Tallie is in the midst of directing the most ambitious film she has yet undertaken, small disturbances begin to ripple through her well-ordered world. An outside audit reveals troubling discrepancies in the financial records maintained by Victor Carson, Tallie’s longtime, trusted accountant. Mysterious receipts hint at activities of which she has no knowledge. Soon it becomes clear that someone close to Tallie has been steadily funneling away enormous amounts of her money. In the wake of an escalating series of shattering revelations, Tallie will find herself playing the most dangerous game of all — to trap a predator stalking her in plain sight.
In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel reveals the dark side of fame and fortune. At the same time, she brilliantly captures a woman’s will to navigate a minefield of hurt and loss — toward a new beginning.
As in most Danielle Steel novels we find a woman who is the victim and she manages to change or rebuild her life and this book is no exception. We are introduced to Tallie Jones who is a film director that cares more about her career then her looks, her finances, and her life, aside from her college age daughter Max, and her father. Tallie is supposed to do another film with her live-in lover Hunter Lloyd and the investors want a complete audit of each of their books. Tallie is not afraid as she has nothing to hide and Hunter is not either but once the audit starts Tallie’s life is turned upside down with lies, secrets, and money that has been embezzled and she is left to question who she can trust and more importantly who exactly is telling the truth???????
It is interesting but not one of her best as you can figure out the ending before you are halfway through the book.
I’m a big fan of Ms. Steels and couldn’t wait to read this book. I expected a little more excitement and suspense from it. It was typical Danielle Steel, predictable for the most part, but nice reading still the same. I simply enjoy reading her books. It kept my interest to the very end, although I figured out how it was going to end pretty early on. It was not one of her best, but at the same time it was an enjoyable read. Out of five stars, I would give it a three. If you’re a Danielle Steel fan, you will still enjoy it.