“The Cost of Betrayal” by Henderson, Pettry, and Eason


“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.

In Dani Pettrey’s “Deadly Isle,” Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims?

In Lynette Eason’s “Code of Ethics,” trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him–and those around him–forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him. “

This was my first time to read a combo thriller with these authors. I’ve read Dee Henderson and Dani Pettrey, and like them both, but this was a first for Lynette Eason. I was not disappointed! I will definitely be reading more from her.

In Ms. Henderson’s book, I really liked the fact that she took an innocent woman that had been imprisoned, and wove the story around her, as well as the fact that we get to see Paul and Ann Falcon again. The process of how the woman learns to face and overcome the trauma she went through at the murder of her boyfriend, and her subsequent conviction of the crime, was well done. Ultimately, we are left with an unsolved murder, but the point was that she found peace with place in her life to which the Lord brought her.

4 of 5 stars

The second story also had an intriguing story line, but unfortunately it fell a little short for me. I found the main girl incredibly annoying and even naive as to the dangers of her job. She’s supposedly a coast guard, and as such thinks she can basically face any enemy by herself and take care of herself. Even the best in police and rescue positions realize the need for a good partner to have your back, but she was always going out on her own and never listened to the cautions of the main guy in the story. I did enjoy the resolution and was completely surprised by who the culprit was, but still not my favorite.

3 of 5 stars

The third story by Ms. Eason was my favorite. The writing was quality, the storyline great, the characters likable, and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I also appreciated the spiritual thread throughout the story! The family dynamic of Ruthie’s family was great! Definitely recommend this one.

5 of 5 stars!

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook from Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

2 thoughts on ““The Cost of Betrayal” by Henderson, Pettry, and Eason

  1. The Dani Pettrey story was my favorite, and I liked the Lynette Eason one, but the Dee Henderson one was disappointing. I had expected SOME kind of resolution, but there was nothing – as if they’d forgotten to include the last few chapters.
    I felt the same way about their previous collection. I am a fan of Dee Henderson’s regular books, but I think she does better with long books, where she has time to develop characters and plots in a more leisurely style. I’ve read and re-read the O’Malley books!


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