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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Betrayal is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery—and the first devastating blow will not be the last. BETRAYAL At thirty-nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Betrayal is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author.   In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery—and the first devastating blow will not be the last.   BETRAYAL   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.


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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Betrayal is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery—and the first devastating blow will not be the last. BETRAYAL At thirty-nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Betrayal is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author.   In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery—and the first devastating blow will not be the last.   BETRAYAL   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.

30 review for Betrayal (Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is probably the lowest rating I've ever given to a Danielle Steel book, and I've read every book that she's ever written - I've been reading her books for over 30 years. The story was engaging, the lead character was likable, but the entire premise was unrealistic. That anybody smart enough to be this successful would be so gullible and BLIND to what was going on was far-fetched. This isn't my main gripe with the book, though. My main gripe is that this 320-page story could have been told This is probably the lowest rating I've ever given to a Danielle Steel book, and I've read every book that she's ever written - I've been reading her books for over 30 years. The story was engaging, the lead character was likable, but the entire premise was unrealistic. That anybody smart enough to be this successful would be so gullible and BLIND to what was going on was far-fetched. This isn't my main gripe with the book, though. My main gripe is that this 320-page story could have been told in 100 pages, if not for all the repetition. I used to believe that Danielle did this for emphasis - saying the exact same thing a different way two sentences later. Now, I'm wondering if she does it to fill pages, because this book had SO much repetition that it became painful. I'll give you an example (but not an actual one from the book): "She was just extremely tired. made some dinner and flopped down on the sofa, feeling completely wrung-out. She turned on the television, but she was just exhausted." We get the picture, Danielle, she was TIRED. The way I wrote that isn't even as glaring as what she does throughout this book, though. It really takes away from my enjoyment of the story, and I wish she'd keep it to a minimum, if she feels the need to repeat herself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meret Magdi

    2.5 stars(: This is actually my first ever novel :D.. I was given this book by a friend who owned so many Danielle Steel books, I asked her to give me one to read, and she gave me this.. To be honest, I expected more.. Its a nice book, but I just didnt find anything special about it :(

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I stopped reading Danielle Steel a long time ago because her books were too heartbreaking for me While I think this book attempts to do that, it was written from such an emotionally distant perspective and, as others said, so predictable that it would up not being a "Danielle Steel - GASP!" but a much more mundane version of what she used to write many years ago. I was so very disappointed when, as I read of how perfect her assistant was (lifelong friends, trusted with everything both financial I stopped reading Danielle Steel a long time ago because her books were too heartbreaking for me While I think this book attempts to do that, it was written from such an emotionally distant perspective and, as others said, so predictable that it would up not being a "Danielle Steel - GASP!" but a much more mundane version of what she used to write many years ago. I was so very disappointed when, as I read of how perfect her assistant was (lifelong friends, trusted with everything both financial and love-wise) and thought, "Oh no, this couldn't POSSIBLY be the plot!".. but yes that was the plot. The boyfriend - successful, good looking, tells her she's great all the time, no relationship problems - oh, not that TOO! And, handsome FBI Agent whose heart is put away on a shelf, falling in love with the victim he is protecting.... For all this, the store moved much too slowly and was repetitive in so many places I wanted to scream. Overall an easy read, pretty cookie-cutter and I won't remember it next week.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have been reading Danielle Steel's books for years, although I haven't enjoyed them as much as I once did during the last few years. She seemed to have lost the fine art of writing an exciting book. Many of the plots were basically the same. Many of the characters were basically the same. In fact, I had decided she was just writing the novels using the same basic plot and characters. Then, this book comes along, and I realized she hadn't lost it. This is one her best, if not her best. Tallie I have been reading Danielle Steel's books for years, although I haven't enjoyed them as much as I once did during the last few years. She seemed to have lost the fine art of writing an exciting book. Many of the plots were basically the same. Many of the characters were basically the same. In fact, I had decided she was just writing the novels using the same basic plot and characters. Then, this book comes along, and I realized she hadn't lost it. This is one her best, if not her best. Tallie Jones is a well known and respected Hollywoodite. Suddenly her world falls to pieces as she realizes those closest to her are not what they seem and are actually hurting her financially. How she copes with this is interesting. How it affects both her and her family as well as them is interesting also. The development of the story is well done, though I did not spend a lot of time wondering what would happen--I had a good idea about the ending. Still, there were a couple of twists and turns that I hadn't anticipated. I hope she continues to write books I liked as much as this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    Okay, it's been some decades since I last read a Danielle Steel book. I can't believe her older books are this bad or I never would have read another one. This book reads more like a description of a novel someone planned to write than an actual novel. A particular statement will be repeated three times in slightly different ways, only to be reiterated again in another couple of paragraphs. Characters come across flat and emotionless. This woman sells a lot of books. I'm thinking if this is Okay, it's been some decades since I last read a Danielle Steel book. I can't believe her older books are this bad or I never would have read another one. This book reads more like a description of a novel someone planned to write than an actual novel. A particular statement will be repeated three times in slightly different ways, only to be reiterated again in another couple of paragraphs. Characters come across flat and emotionless. This woman sells a lot of books. I'm thinking if this is where the bar is set, I really need to sit down and write something.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Scott

    Sometimes, I'm really in the mood for a romance where you don't have to think at all. So I thought this would be the perfect book to pick up! It probably wasn't the best choice... Yes, I wanted to not think. But there's knowing what's going to happen, then there's so predictable you want to punch everyone who can't see the ending. This fell into the second category. Our main character, Tallie, was the one who needed to be punched. She was too trusting, and too lazy. Tallie is a fantastic Sometimes, I'm really in the mood for a romance where you don't have to think at all. So I thought this would be the perfect book to pick up! It probably wasn't the best choice... Yes, I wanted to not think. But there's knowing what's going to happen, then there's so predictable you want to punch everyone who can't see the ending. This fell into the second category. Our main character, Tallie, was the one who needed to be punched. She was too trusting, and too lazy. Tallie is a fantastic director, and for some reason that means her entire life revolves around movies. I mean, to the point where she doesn't shop for presents for her own daughter because her assistant does it for her. Then, someone steals a bunch of money from her. Gee, I wonder who that could be? It never occured to this idiot that never checking her own accounts might be a mistake. I worked it out in the first few chapters, and the FBI that got involved knew straight away too. Literally everyone with a brain knew, except Tallie. I think Steel was trying to make the thief seem mysterious, and that was why Tallie didn't know a thing. Unfortunately, that didn't work one bit. The other thing I didn't like about this book was the way it was set out. There were very distinct sections of the book, without it being split into actual sections. The first part was the introduction to our characters. Nothing happened in this part except for a rundown of Tallie, Brigitte and Hunt's lives up until the beginning of the book. I get that it's good to know our characters, and know what their lives were like. But it could have been done a lot more subtley, or at least woven into the story more. The second part (the biggest chunk) was Tallie's life falling to pieces. This included the "mystery" of the embellzement, a death, and a ruined marriage. We were also introduced to the single, attractive FBI agent. Hmm, I wonder where this is going? The final part was her happily ever after. This part involved the agent (surprise, surprise), and also a weird death. But it was definitely my favourite part. After everything Tallie had gone through, she deserved that happy ending. Yes, it wrapped up a little too conviniently. But in this sort of book, that's okay! It was just the other two parts that let it down for me. But wait, there's one more thing I didn't like! Steel tried to hard with her writing. She was really anxious to get all the important info accross, and it showed in her writing. This included quotes such as: "She was the opposite of Tallie in every way. Everything about her had been carefully thought out to catch the eye, as opposed to Tallie, who preferred to think of herself as invisible. Her whole business was to show off others, not herself. Brigitte Parker loved the attention she got and had none of Tallie's subtlety and shyness. The two woman had similar looks... but did entirely differet thing with the attributes nature had given them. Tallie hid them, and Brigitte shone a spotlight on them. Tallie honestly didn't care how she looked and never thought about it. Brigitte put a lot of thought and effort into her appearance." Yes, that was one paragraph. It easily could have been cut down into just a couple of lines. And then, a few chapters later, we get reminded of the same thing again. And again. And again. I think Steel just isn't confident enough in her writing. You have to trust that people will remember what your character looks like, instead of trying to drill it into your reader's brains. I'm mad, because this book had a lot of potential. The romance could have been cute, the theif could have been a shock, the deaths could have made me cry. But the writing just couldn't pull it off, and that upsets me. Maybe her other books will be written better? I just don't know if I'm brave enough to try

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teri Wilson

    The pacing was excruciatingly slow. :( Bummer, because I really like some of her other books - HRH, Message from Nam, Palomino and The Ring are all great. But skip this one. The romance literally starts 50 pages from the end and moves with the speed of a glacier after that. All in all, a disappointment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Typical Danelle Steel. A quick read but always a nice story and a change from the mysteries that I tend to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Indiabookstore

    The first time I read a Steel, after a string of Dan Brown’s and Jeffery Archer’s, it was on my aunt’s recommendation. I was on vacation and Danielle Steel fit my mood to a T. I do admit, I was on the last hundred pages, and I still was wondering when the plot would set in!! Only when I was through with the last chapter, did I realize that the story was not progressing any further. It was a bit of an anti climax actually! But, that’s the best part of a Steel novel. All you have to do is flow The first time I read a Steel, after a string of Dan Brown’s and Jeffery Archer’s, it was on my aunt’s recommendation. I was on vacation and Danielle Steel fit my mood to a T. I do admit, I was on the last hundred pages, and I still was wondering when the plot would set in!! Only when I was through with the last chapter, did I realize that the story was not progressing any further. It was a bit of an anti climax actually! But, that’s the best part of a Steel novel. All you have to do is flow with the story. It’s always a feel good novel which pumps you with an extra ounce of goodness. Like Sridevi said in “English Vinglish” – “Thanks for making me feel special about myself” Ditto that! A protagonist who is middle aged, invariably a divorcee or a widow or someone who has been left high and dry, a cozy family set up, is what one would normally expect out of a Danielle Steel. “Betrayal” betrays all our expectations and plunges into the mucky world of crime and fraud – temporarily though. The trademark warmth of a Steele novel can still be felt throughout the pages.... For the full review, visit IndiaBookStore

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This may be the highest rating I've given a Steel book, but I confess I really enjoyed this one. I started reading her books when she first started writing them- and wow was that a long time ago. They lost my interest [same old thing- or perhaps her writing went downhill] years ago but because I am a compulsive addict I kept plowing through them. Sometimes it would be years before picking one up and a trip to the used bookstore would catch me up. Why did I enjoy this one??? Good question - but I This may be the highest rating I've given a Steel book, but I confess I really enjoyed this one. I started reading her books when she first started writing them- and wow was that a long time ago. They lost my interest [same old thing- or perhaps her writing went downhill] years ago but because I am a compulsive addict I kept plowing through them. Sometimes it would be years before picking one up and a trip to the used bookstore would catch me up. Why did I enjoy this one??? Good question - but I didn't get bored by her overuse of the same old, same old [yes, it was there but for some reason I could overlook it in this book], basic characters [no foot in reality as usual- but likable], and an okay plot [you knew what was going to happen before it did]. I always said when I start slipping downhill into 'la la land' her books would be perfect to read since you can't forget what happened due to her repeating over and over. This could be a very bad sign of things to come for me!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    R.T. Wolfe

    For whatever reason I felt I wouldn't be a true romance writer if I hadn't read a book from the time-honored and respected Danielle Steel. I may have picked a bad choice, as I have to be honest and say that I was disappointed. She described the main character, Tallie, as disheveled and sloppy quite literally dozens of times. Her lover and best friend were given their descriptions over and over, also. Possibly, if a reader has a difficult time focusing, this might be the book for them. However, I For whatever reason I felt I wouldn't be a true romance writer if I hadn't read a book from the time-honored and respected Danielle Steel. I may have picked a bad choice, as I have to be honest and say that I was disappointed. She described the main character, Tallie, as disheveled and sloppy quite literally dozens of times. Her lover and best friend were given their descriptions over and over, also. Possibly, if a reader has a difficult time focusing, this might be the book for them. However, I hope I trust my readers enough to be able to pick up on details with endless repetition. Steel had Tallie making wishes only a highly weak and ignorant woman would make. Although it feels wrong as an author of romance, I cannot recommend Betrayal by Danielle Steel. -R.T. Wolfe www.rtwolfe.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Hines

    This is the second Danielle Steel book I've read in a few weeks. She ties things up all nice and tidy at the end-no surprises, no twists, just what you expect will happen. While there were still more than 100 pages left, she had already told us who the antagonist was-I kept expecting something to change the outcome, but it didn't. Predictable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amya

    Very good book!!! Yet again Danielle Steel drags you deep into the story and takes you to the life of Tallie Jones and her life as a directer until an unsolved mystery comes into play, who's stealing all of her money? A must read for anyone who likes to learn bout the law!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    It was a good storyline BUT it was so repetitive....it could have probably be lessened by 100 pages or so....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Lipton

    I needed a break. This did the trick. Total crap! Thank you, Danielle Steel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    The James Patterson of romance. Clunky dialogue, obvious storyline and a main character who is such a good person but sooooooo hard done by!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connee

    Good plot, but it was boring rereading the same paragraphs of information and thoughts over and over. I am being geneous giving it 2 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Steel's breezy style of narrative is fluid, and I clipped along at a fantastic pace while reading this book. However the plot seems formulaic, and the way Steel describes the action of the book is mostly a turn off. Steel seems to talk about the action that is occurring without really entering into descriptions that involve the reader's senses. While reading, I kept comparing her style with that of mostly unknown authors or authors of freebie books I've gotten from pixelofink.com, and it's Steel's breezy style of narrative is fluid, and I clipped along at a fantastic pace while reading this book. However the plot seems formulaic, and the way Steel describes the action of the book is mostly a turn off. Steel seems to talk about the action that is occurring without really entering into descriptions that involve the reader's senses. While reading, I kept comparing her style with that of mostly unknown authors or authors of freebie books I've gotten from pixelofink.com, and it's difficult for me to understand why she's so famous. I've read some freebies that I think did a better job on characterizations and credible plots. This book is about movie director, Tallie Jones, and a series of betrayals that leave her victimized. The theme of deceit and betrayal is a universal one, and therein lies some of its appeal. Steel does an excellent job of setting up scenes and her transitions, while not seamless, are not too abhorrently clunky either. Tallie, a woman who is so engrossed in her work, that she doesn't take any time for her looks is easily mislead by a long time friend. Her lover, who produces some of the movies she works on, also becomes someone that Tallie cannot trust. Coincidentally, there is a tall, dark, handsome man in the wings. He does not really rescue Tallie, thank goodness, but his appearance is too contrived. While Tallie Jones is a likable protagonist, all the characters in the story seem superficial as though there should be layers of personality that we knew more about. I would rate this story at 2.5 because it does have its 'graces,'....universal themes, likable protagonist, and a narrative style that is fluid, if not totally engaging, or entirely credible.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Betrayal by Danielle Steele Tally Jones is a director, highly successful. Her assistant Bridget is a saint and does all kinds of jobs for her. Tally keeps up with her father and her daughters lives. Hunt is her current living partner. Victor is in his 60s, his girlfriend after 2 marriages was Brianna who's in her 20's. Brianna wants 5 million or she's leaving him. She loves to spend his money. He was to promote her career but she's got no talent. Investor audits and missing $25,000 a month is not Betrayal by Danielle Steele Tally Jones is a director, highly successful. Her assistant Bridget is a saint and does all kinds of jobs for her. Tally keeps up with her father and her daughters lives. Hunt is her current living partner. Victor is in his 60s, his girlfriend after 2 marriages was Brianna who's in her 20's. Brianna wants 5 million or she's leaving him. She loves to spend his money. He was to promote her career but she's got no talent. Investor audits and missing $25,000 a month is not accounted for and Tally has to wonder where it's going. Tally will get her dad involved into finding out where all her money is going. She hears from one of their side of the story and she's not sure she can believe them. The FBI is in charge now investigating all 3 people who are suspect. Her lawyer turns her over to Jim Kingston with the FBI and a lot more investigations take place and move forward. He goes above and beyond the work, he's also got a son who's a teen. They compare notes about each of their kids. Sickness, death, trials are some of the heartache Tally has to trudge through. She does have friends and family to help her along her trek.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Jeevagan

    When you are a best seller author and have a series of novel that are penned by you, its expected that you would give something different, change your style, bring out more elements...but then again, why risk it...when the same repeated formula keeps you in the bestsellers list, lets stick to it...and that's what DS does... Her books are good for quick read, and to be picked only if you aren't looking for some real good grammar (why does every third sentence in the book need to be start with an When you are a best seller author and have a series of novel that are penned by you, its expected that you would give something different, change your style, bring out more elements...but then again, why risk it...when the same repeated formula keeps you in the bestsellers list, lets stick to it...and that's what DS does... Her books are good for quick read, and to be picked only if you aren't looking for some real good grammar (why does every third sentence in the book need to be start with an 'and' and why does everything needs to be said in like 5 different ways implying same result...are you sure your readers really skip a lot of the lines you write that you need to reinforce it 5 times to hope they finally do read it once)... And yup, its a simple straight story...nothing unusual...where you could have had a great mystery, its a simple regular story of things falling apart and somehow getting all better again...I can't really complain much because DS did stick to what she does the best...its just that people start expecting better after a time and I am all but a human!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Oh to be a character in a Danielle Steel novel. Only in a Danielle Steel novel is a loss of millions of dollars like pocket change! But that's what we read Danielle Steel novels for just the pure escapism from our boring humdrum lives. This was actually pretty predictable, but still a good read if you're a loyal reader of Danielle Steel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Typical Danielle Steele story; easy to tell where the story is headed after the first chapter. Good beach read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shinygirl

    Not her best. I thought it was slow at times and found myself struggling to finish the book. The book seemed very predictable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Typical Danielle Steel read, probably more 3.5 stars. Enjoyable. Felt like the end was a bit rushed though .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roxi Lee

    This is one of the worst DS books I have read. I don't recommend it at all even if it is a free download from the library!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    Very predictable and slow. No sex or passion. My copy has her name as Danielle Steel (not Steele). I wonder if she changed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Betrayal was a very good character study. There are time you really do not know who your true friends are and that was what this book was about.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    After a very slow, tedious start, about halfway through Ms Steele finally gets it together with some decent story telling. 7 of 10 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Royer

    I've love Danielle Steels's books!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    {library-kindle book} Pretty good. Heartbreak and happy ending. Fun times.

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