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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9780743541138
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They were the picture perfect family

With a twenty-year marriage, two terrific kids, and a successful career, Laura Frye has everything she could ask for … until her husband Jeff mysteriously disappears.

Beside herself with worry, Laura maintains that the Jeff she knew would never leave voluntarily. But what about the Jeff she didn’t know? As her husbands many secrets come to light, Laura is left with a shocking picture of a man she married … and a world that is falling apart.

Shaken to the very core, Laura looks for ways to hold her family together and rebuild her life. What she finds is a strength she never knew she had, and a love she thought she had lost forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ [A] diverting page-turner. ”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “ Delinsky is always a crowd pleaser. 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book, maybe because I was in a "husband hating" phase at the time I read it and the story is about a woman whose husband disappears and she discovers that she didn't know him nearly as well as she thought she did. I read this in about a day and wanted more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Judson | 2/10/2014

    " Laura Frye has it all; perfect house, husband, kids and career. But looks can be deceiving. One night her husband Jeff doesnt come home. Immediately she thinks the worst and calls the hospitals and police. That is until the FBI shows up to investigate Jeff for filing tax returns on dead people. Laura comes to find out that her perfect husband was a crook and has left her and her children to fend for themselves. Her perfect kids are falling apart in light of a rape charge against her son and her daughter trying to find someone who has time for her. Her perfect career, her pride and joy "Cherries Restaurant" is loosing business due to the publicity and to top it all off, her brother in law and former lover is back. Laura finds out the hard way that being perfect and competent is too much for some to handle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy king | 2/8/2014

    " you really empathize with this character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/31/2014

    " Somewhat predictable, but as a whole a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Venassa | 1/31/2014

    " When I first started the book, I didn't know how the story would last to be the length of the book in my hand. It did not disappoint. The book is about Laura, who's seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband disappears one day. Soon enough the IRS are on her case because of all the fraud she finds out her husband has been committing for years. She has no money, and few people to turn to. Throw in her ex-lover and brother in law, Christian, a rape charge on her son, and a secret with her best friend and you've got enough suspense and intrigue to keep this novel going for a long time. The loose ends all get tied up easily enough at the end, without giving it that happily ever after perfect ending. I had a hard time putting this one down once I got a little bit into the story. I just had to know where Jeff was and why, and what happens to Laura. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/29/2014

    " I've read this one before! Oops! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/29/2014

    " A little slow at times. But, a very good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/24/2014

    " This is second book I read and took me interest what Barbara wrote this wonderful story I enjoyed. I will begin to read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 1/2/2014

    " Woman's novel, before chick lit. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Brand | 1/2/2014

    " Nothing can ever top my favourite Delinsky, 'The Family Tree', but I still thoroughly enjoyed this. Published in 1991 this is one of her earlier novels, and this is clear from her style of writing and the sometimes awkward-and-unneeded sex scenes. The characters, however, were for the most part very believable and made me want to keep reading so that I could figure out all their dirty secrets. In a sense, 'A Woman Betrayed' is a bit like a soap opera - addictive, character driven and full of twists. If you're a fan of Delinsky's more recent Jodi-Picoult-esque novels then this might not be for you, but if you like stories about families and the secrets they have - not to mention a happily-ever-after-despite-the-odds romance - then you should enjoy this. It may have been a bit over-dramatic in places and I never did figure out what Jeff's motivation was, but this was perfect comfort reading to squish in between 'Oroonoko' and 'Gulliver's Travels'. I'll be looking out for more of Delinsky's books - both old and new. 8/10 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonja | 12/30/2013

    " Sad and mysterious beginning...excellent summer read...the ending was appropriate! I think I may have found a new favorite author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alli | 12/17/2013

    " I kept reading for the sole purpose of getting it done! The main character was sappy & unbelievable & the whole storyline just wasn't that exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 11/27/2013

    " Little slow moving and trite, but readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 11/9/2013

    " Husband Jeff quietly leaves his wife Laura, 2 kids & job. His wonderful life behind, their lives in shambles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniela H | 10/19/2013

    " I really liked this book and its characters. The mother-daughter relationship tugged at my heartstrings. Are you really happy in life? That's basically what this book is about. Make happiness happen, after all, you only have one life to live! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/12/2013

    " When one hears the term a woman betrayed we naturally think of a wife betrayed by a husband, and that is part of the story. But there is betrayal within the betrayal in this story. And it's hard to say which betrayal hurt the most. A very good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 9/15/2013

    " It read too much like a cheesy soap opera (overly dramatic, predictable, everyone sleeping with everyone) and the ending was totally unrealistic. Maybe I'm giving the FBI too much credit, but I highly doubt they would not see through what happened and realize it was a trick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meriehellene | 6/18/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/12/2013

    " This book was okay. It took me awhile to get into it (300 pages into it). A few unexpected twists. I will try another book by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/25/2012

    " Just finished this book last night, it was good but still love the first Barbara Delinsky book I read more (The Secret Life of Cee Wilkes). I enjoyed this story line but pretty much had it figured out long before the end of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana Paula | 11/15/2012

    " wow what a twist, love it ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 3/13/2012

    " A book that is about a woman who thought she had the perfect life until her husband didn't come home from work, and her life started falling apart. About wrong choices and their consequences, but a happy ending after all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/11/2012

    " Very dramatic story!!! Enjoyed every bit of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/11/2012

    " An older Delinsky (2001) that i had somehow missed. I always enjoy her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinn | 1/16/2012

    " good easy quick read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anji Stewart | 11/5/2011

    " Very good book, story may be a little far-fetched, but great indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie Hyder | 8/17/2011

    " Just started this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 8/1/2011

    " You guys have to buy me under the Tuscan sun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/14/2011

    " Predictable...husband abandons family after committing fraud...spurns trials and revelations that are life-changing for all involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/31/2010

    " Just finished this book last night, it was good but still love the first Barbara Delinsky book I read more (The Secret Life of Cee Wilkes). I enjoyed this story line but pretty much had it figured out long before the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/27/2009

    " A sad story that is hard to imagine, yet totally believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/12/2009

    " Good story, kind of typical. The wife is the last one to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/4/2009

    " Somewhat predictable, but as a whole a good book.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonja | 7/25/2009

    " Sad and mysterious beginning...excellent summer read...the ending was appropriate! I think I may have found a new favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/16/2009

    " Laura Frye discovers that her husband Jeff was not the man she thought she knew when he disappears and is charged with tax fraud. His brother Christian comes back into her life to help her deal with her current problems and built a future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 1/10/2009

    " I loved this book, maybe because I was in a "husband hating" phase at the time I read it and the story is about a woman whose husband disappears and she discovers that she didn't know him nearly as well as she thought she did. I read this in about a day and wanted more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 11/4/2008

    " Little slow moving and trite, but readable. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.