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The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition...some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills' kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He's tried to make his own way, less interested in a future inheritance than in his construction company--and in enj The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition...some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills' kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He's tried to make his own way, less interested in a future inheritance than in his construction company--and in enjoying the many women taken in by the easy charms of a handsome, soon-to-be-rich bad boy. Perhaps there've been too many women. Waking up in a small hospital in Washington State, bandaged and bruised, James barely recognizes the gorgeous blonde who comes to visit. Through the haze of pain and medication, he recalls that she is Sophia, the woman he's been cheating with. Gradually memories return--his girlfriend, Megan, had found out about Sophia. Now Megan is missing, her sister is hounding him--and police and reporters are asking questions. James insists he has no idea what happened. Yet he can't escape a feeling of dread... Meanwhile, in a locked room, a woman waits, trapped, petrified, desperate. She thought she knew who to trust. But the betrayal you can't imagine--or can't remember--may be the most terrifying weapon of all...


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The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition...some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills' kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He's tried to make his own way, less interested in a future inheritance than in his construction company--and in enj The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition...some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills' kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He's tried to make his own way, less interested in a future inheritance than in his construction company--and in enjoying the many women taken in by the easy charms of a handsome, soon-to-be-rich bad boy. Perhaps there've been too many women. Waking up in a small hospital in Washington State, bandaged and bruised, James barely recognizes the gorgeous blonde who comes to visit. Through the haze of pain and medication, he recalls that she is Sophia, the woman he's been cheating with. Gradually memories return--his girlfriend, Megan, had found out about Sophia. Now Megan is missing, her sister is hounding him--and police and reporters are asking questions. James insists he has no idea what happened. Yet he can't escape a feeling of dread... Meanwhile, in a locked room, a woman waits, trapped, petrified, desperate. She thought she knew who to trust. But the betrayal you can't imagine--or can't remember--may be the most terrifying weapon of all...

30 review for You Betrayed Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I mostly enjoy Lisa Jackson’s skillful writing and her gripping, riveting page turner novels but I think this one has too much daytime soap opera dramas: those vindictive, wild, jealous twenty something women of the story made me agitated: I want to scream at their faces: stop cat fighting and find a decent guy who is not an assholish cheater! The Cahills reminded me of Ewings meet Dynasty’s Carringtons: rich, powerful, old family of San Francisco with shady past which filled with scandals. And I mostly enjoy Lisa Jackson’s skillful writing and her gripping, riveting page turner novels but I think this one has too much daytime soap opera dramas: those vindictive, wild, jealous twenty something women of the story made me agitated: I want to scream at their faces: stop cat fighting and find a decent guy who is not an assholish cheater! The Cahills reminded me of Ewings meet Dynasty’s Carringtons: rich, powerful, old family of San Francisco with shady past which filled with scandals. And now we’re introduced to young and charming member of the family: we can define him with three words: playboy, pretentious,player: ladies and gentlemen, here’s James Cahill: His story starts at the hospital: his head is bandaged, attacked by someone, suffering from short time amnesia, remembering small glimpses about the fiery fight he had with a mad woman who scratched his face. Later we learn that woman was his girlfriend Megan who went ballistic after she finds out he was cheating on her with Sophia: the mysterious blonde who recently visits him at hospital ( interestingly he also doesn’t remember her!) and after her vicious attack Megan leaves the house, pumps up the gas, nearly kills an innocent pedestrian and then she loses the control of the car. As soon as she gathers her composure to leave the car, she realizes there is a black gun aimed to her heart and a man in ski mask standing there to abduct her. What happened to Megan? Could James be responsible for her abduction? And what about Rebecca who was also in love with James ( oh yes, James seems like more popular than Leo DiCaprio but at least he doesn’t date with underage girls), conducting her own investigation to find what happened to her sister! The twists are well developed, but I truly hate the guts of the characters and I visualized to throw dart arrows against their foreheads. Only two best things about the book were Rivers and Mendoza: perfectly developed detective characters. Grumpy Rivers has special talent to visualize what happened at the crime scenes by touching objects. And Mendoza, smart, effective, straightforward, badass, a great partner to help him to solve the mystery. Unlikable characters and way too much relationship drama made me cut my points. I still enjoyed twists, fast paced writing and I want to read more adventures of this detective duo but this time I’m giving three stars. I still love the author’s books but because of the reasons I pointed at I liked this book less than her previous works. Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sharing this exciting ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    For many years now, I’ve been a faithful reader of the Three Thrilling Lisas — Lisa Unger, Lisa Jackson, and Lisa Gardner. All of them have been writing scary novels long before the current domestic thriller craze and all can dependably deliver the mysterious thrills. This book is no exception. One of Jackson’s Cahill books, You Betrayed Me focuses on the golden boy of a wealthy San Francisco family with amnesia and the many women he has apparently left in his wake. And of course, some of them be For many years now, I’ve been a faithful reader of the Three Thrilling Lisas — Lisa Unger, Lisa Jackson, and Lisa Gardner. All of them have been writing scary novels long before the current domestic thriller craze and all can dependably deliver the mysterious thrills. This book is no exception. One of Jackson’s Cahill books, You Betrayed Me focuses on the golden boy of a wealthy San Francisco family with amnesia and the many women he has apparently left in his wake. And of course, some of them begin turning up dead. Jackson’s Cahill family books lean into the “romantic” side of the romantic thriller vibe, and remind me somewhat of Danielle Steel in their focus on the glitz and glam of San Francisco high society and the high drama of relationships and broken hearts. So if you don’t like that kind of romantic drama, this one may not be for you. Me, I love any kind of book featuring my hometown of San Francisco, and I also sometimes enjoy reading about “rich people problems” — Jackson brings these along with both the drama and the murder. This wasn’t one of my very favorites of Jackson’s - the typical hospital amnesia story is a little been there, done that, and many of the women in this story were a little too stereotypically lovestruck or nutty for my liking. And some of the twists were straight out of a soap opera (which I think was intentional and a bit of campy fun). However I as always did enjoy the Cahill family drama, especially James himself. Overall a reliable, well-written romantic thriller with some interesting new character development and growth ideal for fans of Jackson’s Cahill books. It will be interesting to see where the Cahill story will go from here, as a LOT of things happened. 3.5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Lisa Jackson for the advance copy! Out everywhere on October 27.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Peters

    Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an ARC copy for review and comments. An heir to the Cahill fortune discovers just how dangerous, and duplicitous, family can be. . . The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition. . . some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills’ kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He’s tried to make his own way, less interested Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an ARC copy for review and comments. An heir to the Cahill fortune discovers just how dangerous, and duplicitous, family can be. . . The Cahills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth, and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed, deadly ambition. . . some people will do anything to get, and keep, the Cahills’ kind of money. Not that James Cahill wants any of it. He’s tried to make his own way, less interested in a future inheritance than in his construction company—and in enjoying the many women taken in by the easy charms of a handsome, soon-to-be-rich bad boy. Perhaps there’ve been too many women. Waking up in a small hospital in Washington State, bandaged and bruised, James barely recognizes the gorgeous blonde who comes to visit. Through the haze of pain and medication, he recalls that she is Sophia, the woman he’s been cheating with. Gradually memories return—his girlfriend, Megan, had found out about Sophia. Now Megan is missing, her sister, Rebecca, is hounding him—and police and reporters are asking questions too. James insists he has no idea what happened. Yet he can’t escape a feeling of dread. . . Meanwhile, in a locked room, a woman waits, trapped, petrified, and desperate. She thought she knew who to trust. But the betrayal you can’t imagine—or can’t remember—may be the most terrifying weapon of all. . . So.... Why only three stars for this mystery thriller. Although a good story, lots of characters I find this story, to slow, much too slow. The pace of the book, the lack of suspense, took away my interest. When a book takes me a week, just over to finish, that shows a lack of interest. Sadly and with apologies to the author, too slow, not gripping enough, lack of excitement, action or surprises.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Cathills #3 The Cathills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed and deadly ambition, some people will do anything to get and keep the Cathills 'kind of money. Not that James Cathill wants any of it. He's tried to make his own way. But he's enjoyed many women even more. When he wakes up in a small hospital in Washington State bandaged and bruised, he barely recognises the blonde who comes to visit. Then James remembers,s The Cathills #3 The Cathills of San Francisco are famous for two things: their vast wealth and the scandals that surround them. Murder, greed and deadly ambition, some people will do anything to get and keep the Cathills 'kind of money. Not that James Cathill wants any of it. He's tried to make his own way. But he's enjoyed many women even more. When he wakes up in a small hospital in Washington State bandaged and bruised, he barely recognises the blonde who comes to visit. Then James remembers,she's the woman he's been cheating with. His girlfriend, Megan, had found out about Sophia and now Megan is missing. I did not realise that this was the third book in the series when I requested it but it does read well as a standalone. There was a lot going on in the book. There's a mixed bunch of likable and unlikeable characters. James is a real cad and now his actions have caught up with him. The plotline was intriguing and twist filled. This is not your typical police procedural either. I quite enjoyed this story. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #HodderAndStoughton and the author #LisaJackson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    Something important to take into account is that this story isn’t told in chronological order. James Cahill wakes up in the hospital with a severe concussion and memory loss. His girlfriend is missing. Little by little they piece together that they had a massive fight about his infidelity and that she stormed off and called her sister to tell that she was on her way there. She never arrived there. James, who’s known for his wandering eye is the first and main suspect but the timeline doesn’t add Something important to take into account is that this story isn’t told in chronological order. James Cahill wakes up in the hospital with a severe concussion and memory loss. His girlfriend is missing. Little by little they piece together that they had a massive fight about his infidelity and that she stormed off and called her sister to tell that she was on her way there. She never arrived there. James, who’s known for his wandering eye is the first and main suspect but the timeline doesn’t add up. The reader knows that Jessica left the house and was taken at gunpoint some time along the road. We also know that a woman (we assume she’s Megan) is locked up inside a tiny house by someone she used to love. The gender of the captor is very skilfully avoided but I had an inkling that she’s a woman. The only woman that Megan is close to is her sister Rebecca who used to be James’ girlfriend prior to her. Rebecca has turned up in the small town with the idea that James is behind her sister’s disappearance. But Megan also has a history of disappearing after arguments to punish her boyfriend. So can it be mere drama? There’s also the fact that James isn’t just hot, handsome and charming but he’s also a very wealthy young man and has much more coming in the future. He’s a true chick magnet and some women seem to be willing to kill for what they claim is theirs. And there are plenty of women who have an eye on him, some of them are weirder than others. Detective Rivers who’s leading the investigation has a weird 6th sense when he touches objects belonging to suspects and victims. A useful trait that he has to hide from colleagues and superiors. His partner Mendoza notices his kleptomaniac tendency for items belonging to victims/witnesses. Will she tell on him? Tiny houses must be really hot at the moment because this is the second book this summer that features them. I vouch that if you lived in a bedsit for 10 years, you appreciate the luxury of space a lot more. I seriously doubt that the rich people that purchase such a ‘house on wheels’ (what’s the difference with a camper or RV?) will last very long if they have to live there 24/7 and I’m sure most of them end up being a holiday luxury. The most positive thing about those cramped spaces is that you can’t collect too much clutter and have to be very selective in what you keep and what not. Hey, give me one of those and I won’t complain, though. I must confess that there aren’t many likeable and sympathetic characters in this story. James is an arrogant and immoral rich man who doesn’t think twice about using and dumping women. The women are controlling, selfish, money-chasing, and jealous. Rebecca and detective Rivers are the most pleasant and relatable characters. James seems to have a change of heart towards the end of the book but the question is how long that will last. But not being a nice person doesn’t indicate that you’re a murderer. This is one of the great books of 2020. It’s suspense from start to end. Literally everybody can be the culprit. You can’t be certain that the women are genuine when they tell their version of events. All of them have reasons to hurt Megan or to have her disappear. But when she screamed that James would never see her again, could she be alluding on an intentional disappearance like she pulled off in the past? When all things come together near the end, everything turns out even different from everything I imagined. I can’t stress enough how good and intense this psychological thriller is. Lisa Jackson more than deserves her fame. Really everybody is a suspect in this story. And when someone is cleared, a bit further along something else turns up and that augments the suspicion all over again. I’ll definitely read more by her. The end is ambiguous as well. There’s a large opening for a sequel somewhere in the future. Being caught doesn’t mean the end of an obsession. But as well, I have the feeling that detective Rivers’ story isn’t finished. He’s got all the qualities needed to carry his own series. As I found out just now, this book is the 3rd in the series surrounding the Cahill family; so that sequel will no doubt happen. As there were a few things that referred to a tumultuous past, I should have known but it didn’t make a difference for my understanding of this book. If they’re the same quality as this one, it’s a shame to have missed them. I thank Netgalley and Kensington Books for the free ARC they provided me with and this is my honest, unbiased review of it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Whew! Reading this book, I felt like I was sixteen again watching my favorite soap operas; All My Children and General Hospital. There were many characters to keep track of in this story, and most of them are running around doing crazy things like sneaking into hospitals and crawling through doggy doors. Women perpetrated most of the craziness trying to get the attention of rich, handsome James Cahill, who starts new relationships before ending the old ones. It seems this makes women lose their Whew! Reading this book, I felt like I was sixteen again watching my favorite soap operas; All My Children and General Hospital. There were many characters to keep track of in this story, and most of them are running around doing crazy things like sneaking into hospitals and crawling through doggy doors. Women perpetrated most of the craziness trying to get the attention of rich, handsome James Cahill, who starts new relationships before ending the old ones. It seems this makes women lose their minds. Imagine that. The basis of the story is that James wakes up in the hospital, having hit his head after an argument with his girlfriend, Megan after she found out about his new paramour Sophia. Now Megan is missing, and he is a suspect. James doesn’t remember what happened, and everyone, including the police, wants answers. Sophia is quickly moving in on him, Megan’s sister Rebecca shows up, and it seems he used to have a thing with her as well. Are you still with me? Murdered women start popping up, and there is also a mystery woman locked in a cabin by someone she knows, but we don’t find out who until the end. I was confused up until the very end as to what was going on, so points for that. You Betrayed Me was not my favorite Lisa Jackson book to date, but it was enjoyable. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read it. I gave it three and one-half stars rounded down to three.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vonda

    This was book 3 in the Cahill series. There are too many characters to sort out and there is no depth to them. The story falls flat and you can figure out the entire story in the beginning. This book would have benefited if it wasn't stretched out so long. This was book 3 in the Cahill series. There are too many characters to sort out and there is no depth to them. The story falls flat and you can figure out the entire story in the beginning. This book would have benefited if it wasn't stretched out so long.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I struggled to get through this book at times as there were some plot holes and it was repetitive in several places. I pushed through and the great reveal and action sequence in the end was not bad, but I’m left feeling like I could have stopped or finished and it was all the same. I liked some of the side characters, my favorite was the detective that had unique tricks to putting himself into the mindset of his suspects and victims. The basic premise is we have a poor little rich boy, James, wh I struggled to get through this book at times as there were some plot holes and it was repetitive in several places. I pushed through and the great reveal and action sequence in the end was not bad, but I’m left feeling like I could have stopped or finished and it was all the same. I liked some of the side characters, my favorite was the detective that had unique tricks to putting himself into the mindset of his suspects and victims. The basic premise is we have a poor little rich boy, James, who can’t seem to date only one woman at any given time, but even knowing this, sometimes before the relationship starts, they all seem to think he’s irresistible. Lots of family and relationship drama and a decent mystery mostly revolving around a missing girls, Megan, James’ latest official girlfriend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Second time writing a review, this book had me at the beginning it quickly pulls you in until the very end. I enjoyed everything about this book and i highly recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    R Smith

    The plot seems overly familiar

  11. 5 out of 5

    Val Wheeler

    Thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book for an honest opinion. I was very intrigued by this book from the blurb and enjoyed it from the outset. There is a lot of drama from the start and throughout. It seemed a bit like a soap opera and leaves you wondering what might happen next and to whom. There were also some truly crazed characters and the rich James Cahill doesn't come off too well either. Maybe it's his womanising ways with every woman in town tryi Thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book for an honest opinion. I was very intrigued by this book from the blurb and enjoyed it from the outset. There is a lot of drama from the start and throughout. It seemed a bit like a soap opera and leaves you wondering what might happen next and to whom. There were also some truly crazed characters and the rich James Cahill doesn't come off too well either. Maybe it's his womanising ways with every woman in town trying to throw themselves at him. He did after all wake in a hospital, having lost his memory and then all he can remember is cheating on his girlfriend who now seems to have disappeared. I loved the location in this book, the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington and almost felt I could be there. The book did appear out of order at times as did go back to deal with another character, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wouldn't say I loved the characters, but they were very well written and I loved all the twists and turns throughout. I couldn't wait to see "who had done it!. Thanks for a great book to switch off from the real life issues we're currently facing. Looking forward to the next and to try out others by this author and I hadn't realised it was part of a series as could easily be read as a standalone, but I'm very keen to read the others now. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Affairs, Amnesia, Darkness... Oh, haven't we seen this play out before but in a slightly different fashion? James is one dirty, lying, womanizer and deserves much of the playback he's now receiving including the scratches from Megan and the beating from whomever that landed him in the hospital. Seriously, we're grown adults and if you play with fire you're going to get burned and Karma trains still run on time daily. Just sayin' However, if you're more a calm, cool, collected type lets just note that Affairs, Amnesia, Darkness... Oh, haven't we seen this play out before but in a slightly different fashion? James is one dirty, lying, womanizer and deserves much of the playback he's now receiving including the scratches from Megan and the beating from whomever that landed him in the hospital. Seriously, we're grown adults and if you play with fire you're going to get burned and Karma trains still run on time daily. Just sayin' However, if you're more a calm, cool, collected type lets just note that Megan that girlfriend who caught James with another gal and Yes, the same gal making hospital visits- is now MISSING! YUP! Wait--I'm sorry...this just in--things aren't always as they seem. Ok, ladies you know these players like to also play house and pretend they're good parents. So, what would this add to the mix if we have an unexpected pregnancy on our hands? The plot twists and turn and the betrayal is like a knife... Sophia, may be a gal you love to hate but dang girl- MILLIONS- is in your line of sight and who wouldn't ponder the idea -marry for money?! You know what else- two's company but three's a crowd and folks this is getting crowded. Perhaps, Megan will turn up literally and or figuratively but don't hold your breath. Just do me a favor- keep and eye out for the genetics as that equation is a shocker!!!!! Thank you to Lisa Jackson, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    This is a book with no really likable characters, which means two things to me: First, it's a rare opportunity to root for a bad guy (or gal), and second, I really didn't care who got bumped off. This is the third in the author's "Cahills" series, but it's my first; that said, I never felt as if I should have known something that wasn't here, meaning it stands alone just fine as far as I'm concerned. The Cahills, for the record, are obscenely rich; most of the remaining family, whose lives are ri This is a book with no really likable characters, which means two things to me: First, it's a rare opportunity to root for a bad guy (or gal), and second, I really didn't care who got bumped off. This is the third in the author's "Cahills" series, but it's my first; that said, I never felt as if I should have known something that wasn't here, meaning it stands alone just fine as far as I'm concerned. The Cahills, for the record, are obscenely rich; most of the remaining family, whose lives are riddled with scandals of various kinds, reside in the San Francisco area. One son, James, is a relatively successful businessman in Washington state; he expects to inherit a bundle of dough at some not-too-distant point. And he is the central player in this book. Speaking of players, James is an active participant when it comes to romance. As the book begins, he's trying to divest himself of current girlfriend Megan - sister of Rebecca, with whom he (gasp!) had a prior fling. Megan has learned that she's being cast off for Sophia, another young beauty, and she's none too happy. But suddenly, Megan goes missing - and James wakes up in the hospital with fairly serious injuries but no recollection of how he got them. Even when he gets a visit from Sophia, he doesn't remember who she is (or so he claims). Detective Brett Rivers and his partner, Wynona Mendoza, are charged with solving the case and finding the still-missing Megan. The only sure thing at this point is that they aren't convinced that James isn't faking his memory loss. Megan's sister Rebecca breezes in from her Seattle home - Megan was on her way there when she and her car disappeared - and she's determined to find her sister with or without help from the detectives. The chase goes on - and on - and it takes several tantalizing directions before the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is revealed. All told, it's an action-packed adventure that kept my mind off political rhetoric for a wonderful half-dozen hours or so. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance copy to read and review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    Lisa Jackson spins a story that takes you slowly into it and pulls you into it in such a way that by the end of it I just was not able to stay away from the story! James Cahill is a member of the Cahill family of San Francisco who are famous for their wealth and scandals in their life. When James Cahill finds himself in the hospital not remembering what has happened before that day, with a suspicion of harming his girl friend Megan, he finds himself in a place difficult to squirm out. Many past g Lisa Jackson spins a story that takes you slowly into it and pulls you into it in such a way that by the end of it I just was not able to stay away from the story! James Cahill is a member of the Cahill family of San Francisco who are famous for their wealth and scandals in their life. When James Cahill finds himself in the hospital not remembering what has happened before that day, with a suspicion of harming his girl friend Megan, he finds himself in a place difficult to squirm out. Many past girl friends come out and along come Detectives Rivers and Mendoza trying to solve the case. To add to this is Detective Rivers out of the box ability to get into the opposite persons mind. The author kept me hooked to the story with its many characters who are aptly placed in the plot. Each having their own past and a role in the story. Not a single character seemed out of place or unnecessary. With a scope for sequel, the author has kept me waiting for the next one.The story does seem a bit long and it took me some time to get into the story, but then no regrets. What could have been different was that the role of the detectives seemed a bit underplayed. If you love to read mysteries with many characters and many potential suspects, detectives and story that keeps giving you different angles then you will enjoy the story. I thank Kensington publishers, author and Netgalley for approving me to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are wholly mine

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    An entertaining and complicated mystery thriller that involves murder, greed, revenge, big money, and fatal attraction. James Cahill is the son of a San Francisco family with vast wealth but he has moved away to Riggs Crossing, Washington, to start his own enterprises -- building tiny houses, a Christmas tree farm, and a quaint little inn. Unfortunately, he's the target of a lot of gold diggers due to his good looks and eventual inheritance. He wakes up in the local hospital with a head injury an An entertaining and complicated mystery thriller that involves murder, greed, revenge, big money, and fatal attraction. James Cahill is the son of a San Francisco family with vast wealth but he has moved away to Riggs Crossing, Washington, to start his own enterprises -- building tiny houses, a Christmas tree farm, and a quaint little inn. Unfortunately, he's the target of a lot of gold diggers due to his good looks and eventual inheritance. He wakes up in the local hospital with a head injury and amnesia. His current girlfriend, Megan Travers, is missing. Detective Brett Rivers and his partner, Wynonna Mendoza, soon come calling with many questions. It quickly becomes clear that Megan was not James's only girlfriend and this complicates the investigation into Megan's disappearance. NO SPOILERS. What a convoluted tale full of a huge cast of characters told in multiple viewpoints. I struggled to find even one character that I liked as they were all complex and some were very nasty. Although it was fast-paced, there was a lot of repetition and my least favorite parts were those written italics. I had not read the previous 2 books in this series, but this felt OK as a standalone and seemed complete. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for this e-book ARC to read and review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The setting is the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington. In the 1st chapter, someone is being held captive in an isolated cabin. In the 2nd chapter, Megan has discovered that her boyfriend James Cahill is cheating and she heads to her sister's home in Seattle in a snowstorm. She doesn't make it there. In chapter 3, James Cahill wakes up in the hospital, injured without a memory of what happened. I liked the setting of cold, ice, and snow. James Cahill was a louse and the women were all f The setting is the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington. In the 1st chapter, someone is being held captive in an isolated cabin. In the 2nd chapter, Megan has discovered that her boyfriend James Cahill is cheating and she heads to her sister's home in Seattle in a snowstorm. She doesn't make it there. In chapter 3, James Cahill wakes up in the hospital, injured without a memory of what happened. I liked the setting of cold, ice, and snow. James Cahill was a louse and the women were all full of anger so it was hard for me to root for any of the characters. I thought the first half of the book was too long and the plot moved too slowly. The last 1/3 of the book was better with all the reveals. I love Lisa Jackson's books with Pescoli and Alvarez but this Cahill series is not for me. If you like a romantic suspense with lots of drama, give this one a try. I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I entered and won back in March. We all know what also happened around that time --Covid 19. New York went into lockdown and the publisher was not able to get to the books to mail out. I only received my copy this past week but I appreciate the publisher keeping up with those who won and following through.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nan Williams

    This was not the usual Lisa Jackson fare that I’ve enjoyed so much in the past. This was the 3rd in a series, but felt more like an episode of a TV soap opera. I’ll look forward to more of her old style plotting. This was simply not for me. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington Books, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paige Turner

    Too dragged out, repetitive and unnecessarily long at 444 pages. I didn't like any of the characters, especially the man-whore, James Cahill. And repetitive? The exact same sex scene is played out twice in the book only at different times, complete with "spasms." (eye-roll) All in all, it was pretty boring. I am tired of authors dragging out their books to get higher page counts. I understand many authors are paid by the word. If this is true, it's a damn shame because it ruins many potentially Too dragged out, repetitive and unnecessarily long at 444 pages. I didn't like any of the characters, especially the man-whore, James Cahill. And repetitive? The exact same sex scene is played out twice in the book only at different times, complete with "spasms." (eye-roll) All in all, it was pretty boring. I am tired of authors dragging out their books to get higher page counts. I understand many authors are paid by the word. If this is true, it's a damn shame because it ruins many potentially good books that may have been better if they weren't so long. Jackson's next release is called DISTRUST, but at 506 pages, I am going to pass.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won a copy of You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson from Goodreads. Who? That is the question readers keep asking themselves as they read You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson. As the gripping story unfolds, readers keep guessing not only who is the perpetrator, but also who are the victims. A complex whodunit and a complicated who is it, You Betrayed Me delivers twists that surprise and turns that thrill.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    What a puzzle! So many moving pieces and so many characters who seem to all have a different agenda, all wrapped up in this book. A storyline with constant surprises and an ending that would come in and out of focus. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/y... You Betrayed Me The Cahills, Book #3 By Lisa Jackson ISBN# 9781496732125 Author’s Website: http://www.lisajackson.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi James Cahill has a bad habit of starting new relationships with women without ending his current relationship first! Women tend to get angry about that. And, that’s what happened between him and Megan Travers. Megan found out he’d been seeing Sophia Russo behind her back. It resulted in a horrible fight betwe https://openbooksociety.com/article/y... You Betrayed Me The Cahills, Book #3 By Lisa Jackson ISBN# 9781496732125 Author’s Website: http://www.lisajackson.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi James Cahill has a bad habit of starting new relationships with women without ending his current relationship first! Women tend to get angry about that. And, that’s what happened between him and Megan Travers. Megan found out he’d been seeing Sophia Russo behind her back. It resulted in a horrible fight between James and Megan. A fight that ended with James in the hospital with a head injury and Megan missing. James is possibly the last person that saw Megan, making him the prime suspect in the police investigation. And, as time passes worry for Megan intensifies, bringing her sister, Rebecca to town. The woman that Megan stole James from! James has never stopped having feelings for Rebecca and considers her as the one that got away. James is set to inherit a fortune on top of the wealth he has accumulated on his own. The money makes him a top prospect for many women … if only they can keep his eye (and other body parts) from wandering. But could one of them be responsible for what’s happened to Megan? More women are starting to end up dead. Are the murders connected to Megan’s disappearance? It’s up to police detectives Brett Rivers and Wynonna Mendoza to get the bottom of what’s going on in their small town. They must hurry to find answers to save more lives and find Megan before it’s too late. I’ve always enjoyed Lisa Jackson’s writing, but it’s been awhile since I’ve read one of her books. And, sadly this book was a massive disappointment to me. There was just too much going on at once to get invested in this story. It became a bit monotonous and one-dimensional. And, every woman in town seemed to want to trap James into a relationship for his money … and his house and hotel room were way too easy for people to get in to! There was also a lot of pregnancies going around! I found a lot of the characters in the book, including some of the victims, to be unnecessary to the story. They just seemed to bog the storyline down even more. I found all these random seeming murders hard to connect, honestly. They seemed so vastly different that I had a tough time figuring out why the characters in the book thought they were connected. There was a plot twist that I didn’t see coming. However, it wasn’t enough to save this book for me. There was also a huge cliff-hanger at the end of the story that I know will frustrate some. There is nothing in this book that makes me want to reach out for the next installment though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of You Betrayed Me, the fourth novel in the San Francisco series. James Cahill, scion of the fabulously wealthy San Francisco Cahills, has moved to Washington State and established both a successful business and an energetic love life. He wakes from unconsciousness in the hospital to see Sophia, the woman he has been cheating on his girlfriend, Megan, with by his bedside and she tells him that Megan is missing. He has no m I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of You Betrayed Me, the fourth novel in the San Francisco series. James Cahill, scion of the fabulously wealthy San Francisco Cahills, has moved to Washington State and established both a successful business and an energetic love life. He wakes from unconsciousness in the hospital to see Sophia, the woman he has been cheating on his girlfriend, Megan, with by his bedside and she tells him that Megan is missing. He has no memory of the events that led to his hospitalisation or of Megan and Sophia but neither the Police nor Megan’s sister, Rebecca believe him. I enjoyed You Betrayed Me which has an absorbing plot with plenty of twists and turns. The novel is a bit of a slow burner in comparison with some of the author’s other novels with a fair amount of scene setting and character introduction. It is told from various points of view, the rather unlovely James, the vengeful Rebecca, the ambitious reporter Charity, the lovelorn Willow, the obsessive Sophia and the weird Detective Rivers. There is also a hint of what happens to Megan early on and the odd chapter from an unnamed imprisoned woman. This is normally the kind of setup that doesn’t hold my attention, too complicated and distracting, but in this case it is very well done and each voice adds a layer of speculation and intrigue. I even found myself wishing for more from the captive and that’s unheard of. The novel is all about relationships with James. He has cut a swathe through the local ladies, breaking hearts and engendering a lot of resentment and bad feeling. As I said, decidedly unlovely but apparently irresistible. I must be too old to see the attraction. This provides Detective Rivers and his partner Detective Mendoza with plenty of suspects, motives and potential scenarios and makes for an interesting read. The twists come thick and fast at the end so most of the novel is an intriguing but slow build up. I didn’t eventually find the main motivation particularly convincing but the journey to it was enjoyable. You Betrayed Me is a good read that I can recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson was a THRILLER murder mystery. We had lots of shady characters, a manwhore, women willing to win at all costs, and some nosy people. When you put all that together with a stormy season with lots of snow, you just don’t know what will happen next. OH and money - the anticipation of lots and lots of money. James Cahill, despite being the heir to lots of money, has worked hard for all he has. He has started three small businesses and works hard. He just can’t seem to You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson was a THRILLER murder mystery. We had lots of shady characters, a manwhore, women willing to win at all costs, and some nosy people. When you put all that together with a stormy season with lots of snow, you just don’t know what will happen next. OH and money - the anticipation of lots and lots of money. James Cahill, despite being the heir to lots of money, has worked hard for all he has. He has started three small businesses and works hard. He just can’t seem to keep his pants zipped. Beautiful women throw themselves at him and he is easily seduced, even when he is seeing one woman. Into this situation, James finds himself in the hospital with a concussion and a wrecked shoulder and claw marks down his face. The woman who did this to him is missing and everyone thinks he is involved. Too bad he can not remember the night in question. This is just how it starts! Not only is Megan missing, Sophia keeps showing up in his bed and Rebecca has shown up. The plot becomes more and more intense as more creepy things happen and people die. The twists and turns kept me right on my toes and I was so busy trying to figure out who was doing what that I found myself reading faster! You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson is a twisted thriller with lots of twists!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this exciting read by Jackson we meet James Cahill who is part of the San Francisco Cahill's who are known for their money. James awakens the hospital and doesn't seem to remember much of what brought him there. He soon learns that his girlfriend is missing and it looks like he was the last one to see her alive. It doesn't help that he was cheating on his girlfriend with someone who works for him. As the pieces of his memory start to come back he realizes that Megan learned about his relation In this exciting read by Jackson we meet James Cahill who is part of the San Francisco Cahill's who are known for their money. James awakens the hospital and doesn't seem to remember much of what brought him there. He soon learns that his girlfriend is missing and it looks like he was the last one to see her alive. It doesn't help that he was cheating on his girlfriend with someone who works for him. As the pieces of his memory start to come back he realizes that Megan learned about his relationship with Sophia and she was less than happy with him, she was the reason he ended up in the hospital and he has no idea where she went after leaving his house. To make matters worse her sister Rebecca shows up in town wanting to know what happened to her sister. He truly has no idea but he has a terrible feeling that he knows more than his memory is showing him. It doesn't help that his family is known for their scandals, he doesn't want to end up another example. Follow along as he slowly puts the pieces together in hopes of figuring out what exactly happened to Megan and whether he had a part in it. This was a thrilling read that had me on edge until the end!

  25. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    A lot of drama for those of you who love it. I was caught up in the suspense and unpredictable dramatic people. It is true people will do anything to get their hands on a fortune. The Cahill fortune is no exception. There are a lot of scandalous women trying to get in on James Cahill turning rich bad boy. When he is found unconscious and wakes up in the hospital all he can remember is he was cheating on his girlfriend Megan and the one he was caught cheating with shows up at the hospital. The po A lot of drama for those of you who love it. I was caught up in the suspense and unpredictable dramatic people. It is true people will do anything to get their hands on a fortune. The Cahill fortune is no exception. There are a lot of scandalous women trying to get in on James Cahill turning rich bad boy. When he is found unconscious and wakes up in the hospital all he can remember is he was cheating on his girlfriend Megan and the one he was caught cheating with shows up at the hospital. The police and Megan’s sister want him prosecuted, but he can’t remember what happened. Sounds like a series Dallas and Knots Landing combined. The scenes shift to a woman locked in a room...secrets revealed and betrayal at every turn. Enjoyable read! Lisa Jackson style! Thank you NetGalley for my advanced copy! #netgalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    As always with Lisa Jackson's book it is very well written, gripping and a page turner. Having said thta for me it wasn't up to what I normally have come to expect from this author. For me I found the storyline a little to confusing at times. I have really enjoyed getting to know the other members of the Cahill family, but James just has no redeeming qualities. I would suggest others read this for themselves, because others will enjoy the book more than I did I am sure. I received a ARC from NetG As always with Lisa Jackson's book it is very well written, gripping and a page turner. Having said thta for me it wasn't up to what I normally have come to expect from this author. For me I found the storyline a little to confusing at times. I have really enjoyed getting to know the other members of the Cahill family, but James just has no redeeming qualities. I would suggest others read this for themselves, because others will enjoy the book more than I did I am sure. I received a ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Publishing and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review, all opinions expressed here are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    What Money Can Do This is another installment of the crazy rich Cahills. James to try to make it without all the family ties with his construction business but that sure doesn't make him a stand up guy. Yet again he cheated on his current girlfriend Megan with Sophia and isn't the first time for the womanizer. Only this time he wakes up in a hospital bed after Megan confronts him. Now Megan is missing. What happened to her and did James play a part of her disappearance? What Money Can Do This is another installment of the crazy rich Cahills. James to try to make it without all the family ties with his construction business but that sure doesn't make him a stand up guy. Yet again he cheated on his current girlfriend Megan with Sophia and isn't the first time for the womanizer. Only this time he wakes up in a hospital bed after Megan confronts him. Now Megan is missing. What happened to her and did James play a part of her disappearance?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dorann

    You Betrayed Me was sent to me as a preview copy. Excellent winding, twisting story with a really twisting and turning ending. The book certainly leaves the story open to a follow up book. I will read it, that’s for sure. There are several significant characters that are developed nicely. It makes me crazy in a book when there are too many characters for a story. Following their connections becomes a real issue. I like that this is not on issue with Jackson’s book. Definitely a great read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Troutman

    You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson Kensington Books Kensington General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 27 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 30 Oct 2020 I really enjoy the writing of Lisa Jackson. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC. Great Mystery and Thriller book. I will recommend it to our patrons. 5 star

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    3 - 3.5 stars

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