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The Cost of Betrayal

(The Cost of Betrayal)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  178 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trap
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 2018)
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow! Each of these stories is amazing, yet so different from each other. I enjoyed them all equally and felt they complemented each other so well. The first story "Betrayal" from Dee Henderson is so fascinating, I loved seeing the process of a cold case break wide open at the hands of a couple of FBI agents who were in the right time at the right place. I thought it was interesting how it switched perspectives to show a broader view of the story. I appreciated that the conclusion was so realisti ...more
Maureen Timerman
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What a journey you are about to begin, from one novella to the next, these do not disappoint, and in two of them I was reunited with old friends.
Filled with mystery and suspense, we travel in our minds from a woman in jail for a crime she didn’t commit, back on an Island with people being murdered, along with a storm, and then we are back with the St. John family and trouble with some of their own.
What a great pairing of authors, and each story can be read alone, but it is really hard to read ju
Cara Putman
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable novella collection from three of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Each author has a distinct style that is evident in this collection. And the stories are perfect for a quick read.
Sarah Grace
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ for violence and romance
Another wild ride from Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason! I really enjoyed this collection, although maybe not quite as much as the previous one. It's a close call.

To be honest, this novella wasn't quite what I was expecting from a romantic suspense collection. It was a little light on suspense with little-to-no action and was definitely light on romance. I didn't mind that, though. I always find Henderson's angst- and drama-free romances so refreshing. The premise of Betrayed was very int
Kelly Bridgewater
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy a good novella collection especially when it features three of my favorite romantic suspense authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. All of these authors have captured my attention in their full length novels, and I enjoyed their past novella collaboration Sins of the Past. I couldn't wait to get my hands on their new collection, The Cost of Betrayal. Even though all three novels have to do with Betrayal of some sort, each individual novel stands alone.

"Betrayed" by Dee
A great choice for romantic suspense fans, The Cost of Betrayal truly is the perfect name for this collection. All of the stories deal with people who have been betrayed in some of the worst ways.

The first novella, Betrayal by Dee Henderson, moves at a much slower pace than the other two stories. I really enjoyed the build up as the main characters worked through new evidence to determine what really happened years earlier. I enjoyed the entire story, but ended up feeling like I was left hanging
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I am a fan of these three authors so I was giddy with anticipation when I got this book. I love books with both romance and suspense which is what attracts me to these authors and their books over and over.

Of the three books, I would have to say that Dani Pettrey's was my favorite with Lynette Eason's a close second. Both of these books had fantastic pacing and had my heart beating a little faster than normal. I loved how they felt complete and full despite being a little bit shorter than usual
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed"

Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

My thoughts: BETRAYED is a drama that played out in thought and mind, reliving events of the past when an innocent person is jailed for a crime she didn't commit.

When the murder w
Caitlyn Santi
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Betrayed-Dee Henderson

I first met Paul and Ann in Unspoken and it was neat to see them again.
I absolutely loved the hero, Greg! The island and all the activities it offered were super interesting to read about, and I loved Greg's dog, Marco! Also, all the different foods that Janelle cooked sounded delicious. The mystery in this story was very good!
Overall, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't my favorite of the collection.

Deadly Isle-Dani Pettrey

I am a die-hard Dani Pettrey fan, her name on the co
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dee Henderson's Betrayed - This one had an intriguing premise to it. And I enjoyed catching up with Paul and Ann. But I felt that there was something missing. The story didn't feel finished. Rating - 3 stars

Dani Pettrey's Deadly Isle - This was by far my favorite of the collection. I loved Teni and Callen. I loved how they interacted with each other. This one kept me reading. Rating - 5 stars

Lynette Eason's Code of Ethics - This one was a delight to read. I'm already familiar with the St. John f
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What could be more exciting than a collection of novellas from three of my favourite mystery-suspense authors? The Cost of Betrayal is suspense at its very best. A perfect sample of these three masters’ writing for new readers or simply another collection to enjoy for old fans. Either way, readers are sure to love the three new novellas in this collection.

Betrayed by Dee Henderson

It is so wonderful to drive back into the marvellous writing of suspense master Dee Henderson. Her novella, Betrayed
Kristine Morgan
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Cost of Betrayal is a trio of novellas by three of today's masters of suspense. While short each author wrote a complete and intriguing story that kept me totally engrossed. Although the settings varied, betrayal is evident throughout. So grab a mug of your favorite hot tea and a cozy blanket. Settle back for an awesome read!
I was given this book by with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I know the truth is miserable. You don't want to believe it. That's fair. But, again, you need to accept it as a possibility . . . . " Betrayed - Dee Henderson

No one wants to believe that a person whom they have loved and trusted is capable of betrayal, but that's exactly what happens in this extraordinarily well written trio of high level suspense novellas.

And who wouldn't want to be back among Ann and Paul Falcon's circle of friends?
Julie Graves
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Betrayal by Dee Henderson

Ann and Paul Falcon from other books by Dee Henderson, are featured in this novella. Ann finds evidence that helps pardon a woman that has been in prison for murder for 6 years. They enlist the help of a friend and doctor to help Jenna re-acclimate into society. Little by little they reveal pieces of her case that helped set her free, but Jenna can't believe who they suspect as the real murderer.

I truly enjoyed reading this story...except for the ending! With this being
Nora St Laurent
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three romantic suspense authors all in one book; it doesn’t get any better than that. Three novella size stories that have a natural spiritual thread and focus on people who have been betrayed. No one wants to believe that a person who they have loved and trusted is capable of doing this to them.

The book starts out with author Dee Henderson and familiar characters readers met in Dee’s novel Full Disclosure. The story starts out with Ann and Paul Falcon shopping at an auction. Ann buys a box that
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, suspense
The first 40% of the book is a crime fiction by Henderson. It had no suspense or romance, just an old crime. The first third of the story was Ann Falcon stumbling across the missing murder weapon from a closed case--the murderer is already in prison. Since the weapon is in an unexpected spot, she looks into the case. This took the form of Ann telling her husband possible scenarios based on the evidence, then skip to their next conversation where she tells him new evidence and all of the possible ...more
Lisa Johnson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Pages: 334
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Unbelievable! Three truly talented authors write three novellas that are filled with suspense, thrills, faith, action and more. Each accomplished author has written many novels individually that are truly magnificent to read, so if you’re not familiar with them look up their novels and dive right in! The three novellas aren’t tied together, and the
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of fiction by various authors often reveals differences in writing style. That is the case here.

The first novella, Betrayed, is from Dee Henderson and is a very mellow one. There is really no suspense nor is there any romance. A retired Ann and her FBI husband Paul are the main characters. (They met in Full Disclosure.) Much of the plot revolves around their calm actions and calm discussions. An interesting aspect of the narrative was an exploration of the psychological issues one
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not always a huge fan of novella-length stories, but this collection is well done in general.

"Betrayed" by Dee Henderson is by far the weakest of the three stories and what made me average the rating as 3 stars. Henderson's overly wordy and analytical style of writing does not lend itself well to a novella. Every piece of evidence, feeling, possibility, action is examined from all sides, sometimes multiple times. This potentially would have been all right in this story had there actually be
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a novella collection to keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further than The Cost of Betrayal! Featuring new stories from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason this book is full of thrills and chills!

Betrayed by Dee Henderson - Whoa! This story did not end when I thought it would. I was really surprised when I flipped my screen to the next page and saw the word Epilogue. It made me stop and think. It made me wonder. It made me try to figure out what ha
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love these authors. I have been reading Dee Henderson for many years; Dani Pettrey has been a favorite since her very first book, and I love Lynette Eason's books as well. This is a great collection of inspirational romantic suspense and I highly recommend it.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-authors
A life in danger is always a bad thing but when 3 couples can find their way through to a happy ending it's a great way to end a story. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry, and Lynette Eason each write a story full of danger, intrigue and betrayal in several different forms. They show that you can find or reconnect with the love of you life through adversity and forgiveness. When your life is in danger you need help and a connection to God to get through.

Betrayal by Dee Henderson
Ann and Paul Falcon are
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Betrayed"--3 1\2 stars

"Deadly Isle"--4 stars

"Code of Ethics"--4 1\2 stars
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cost of Betrayal consists of three novellas focused on betrayal. The first of which is Betrayed by Dee Henderson. Ann Falcon, a retired police investigator, unearthed a murder weapon in a box of miscellaneous dresser drawer items she had purchased at an auction. Looking into the case convinced her that an innocent woman was behind bars. Once she had convinced her husband, who ran the Chicago FBI office, of this they pursued the release of the wrongly convicted woman and justice for the vict ...more
Becca-Rae Weidel
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cost of Betrayal is a set of 3 stand-alone novellas with a common theme of betrayal. Dee Henderson's novella features the Falcon's, seen in Full Disclosure and a few of her other stories. I don't know if the others are featured characters in any of Dani or Lynette's other novels. If they are it's not from ones I've read yet.

For Dee Henderson's novella, I have to admit I struggled through it a bit. I just felt things came a little to easily. It was a good story overall, but I feel it would ha
Kay Defreese
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cost of Betrayal is a collection of three novellas by some favorite writers in the romantic/suspense genre. Each novella deals with the theme of betrayal.

Betrayal by Dee Henderson - We first meet Paul and Ann Falcon in Dee's previous novel "Full Disclosure. Reading the previous novel in which we meet the Falcons is not necessary to enjoy this book. It has been several years since I had read the novel and had forgotten except their names. Paul and Ann attends an auction and she wins a bid on
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by the idea of "The Cost of Betrayal" by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry & Lynette Eason. The book is three romantic suspense novellas. I am a sucker for a romantic story and the concept of novellas hooked me. I didn't know if I could handle a full-size novel. This book was perfect.

Story One was "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson. This was an incredibly woven novella about a murder. It started with a couple of investigators who stumble upon a murder. What they do with the evidence that r
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dee Henderson starts things off with Betrayed. I really like that this novella includes two characters from prior books. That really moves things along. So when Ann Falcon finds a knife in a box at an auction and decides there’s been a murder, I believe it. Ann’s ability to identify and solve cases is already established. l find it fascinating that she can tell her husband before bed, “I found a murder,” and Paul can say “Okay” and go to sleep, waiting for morning to hear about it.
This novella
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This compilation of novellas by three masters of the craft of Christian fiction was a book that compels you to keep reading to the end. Each novella has its own tale of betrayal, the theme of the book. I enjoyed each of them and chose a favorite character in each. I really liked Ann Falcon in Dee Henderson’s story of a woman imprisoned for decades for a crime that she did not commit. Ann discovered the truth by accident and was determined to do something about it. This story is one that addresse ...more
The Cost of Betrayal features three novellas from some of the best romantic suspense authors out there right now. I really enjoyed these author's first collection, Sins of the Past, and was excited to hear about this new one.

Betrayed by Dee Henderson – Three Stars
This was my second time reading anything by Dee Henderson. It was good, but probably my least favorite of the collection. By no means was it bad, it was just a bit slower moving than I was expecting and had an unresolved ending that was
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Dee Henderson is the author of 24 novels, including Immortality, An Unfinished Death, Taken, Unspoken and the acclaimed O’MALLEY series. Several titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list; Full Disclosure has also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her books have won or been nominated for

Other books in the series

The Cost of Betrayal (3 books)
  • Betrayed (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)
  • Code of Ethics (Blue Justice, #2.5)
  • Deadly Isle (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)