6 Books About Betrayal To Add To Your Must-Read List

Always a gut-punch of drama, making it the perfect subject to get stuck into under a blanket as the nights draw in.


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The Chiffon Trenches

by André Leon Talley

When the first excerpts of André Leon Talley’s book were released, we knew it was going to be juicy. As former editor-at-large for American Vogue, André gives the inside scoop on what it was like working in such a glamourous industry alongside Anna Wintour. He, of course, goes into their dramatic falling-out back in 2018, after he was dropped from Vogue’s Met Gala coverage in favour of young YouTube star. Ouch.

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Now a much-loved classic, The Kite Runner broke the hearts of many when it was first released. Set in 1970s Afghanistan, it tells the story of twelve-year-old Amir and his relationship with his friend Hassan. Two decades later, he has to return to the broken city he once fled, and face up to those he betrayed and left behind. A beautiful tale of guilt and redemption – make sure to have plenty of tissues on hand for this one.


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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K Rowling

The third book in the Harry Potter series sees Harry finding out just who betrayed his parents by revealing their location to Lord Voldemort, ultimate leading to their deaths – but it is really who everyone thought? With all of us now having to stay at home so much more, it’s nice to revisit old friends and get nostalgic by diving back into the world of witchcraft and wizardry. If you’ve never read them – do it now.


by George Orwell

A classic dystopian tale that when first written in the 1940s was seen as almost unbelievably futuristic – fast forward to 2020 and it seems we’re pretty much living in the world George Orwell created. In this book, he imagines a totalitarian government that keeps people under mass surveillance, with individuality and independent thinking forbidden. Fans of the show Big Brother will find it fascinating to see where the name originated from.


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The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexander Dumas

Expect plenty of jealousy and betrayal here – this should be on everyone’s ‘must-read’ list and is way better than the film adaption. Envious of his luxurious lifestyle, Edmond Danté’s friends accuse him of treason, leading him to be imprisoned. But the story doesn’t end there. Many of the best betrayal novels feature a secondary theme: Revenge. Expect it in spades in this book. It’s a classic for a reason.

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne returns to find his wife Amy missing. What’s happened to her? And is all as it seems in the Dunne household? We won’t spoil it for you here, but certainly makes for an entertaining read with plenty of plot twists along the way. We’d recommend watching the film adaption with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike immediately after too – it’s excellent. See also The Girl On The Train.


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