5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book to the series!
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2019
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Betrayal of Faith by Mark M. Bello is another book in the Zachary Blake legal thrillers. I absolutely loved Betrayal of Justice, and this didn't let me down.
Jennifer Tracey is a widower, in her mid 30s, with 2 teenage boys. They are heavily involved with church. The previous church father was like a father to her boys, but he was transferred away. The new church father, Father Gerry Bartholomew, is a predator. "The Voice", from the mysterious, Coalition, is tasked with brushing the impending scandal under the rug, furious that a known predator would be sent to a parish with children.
Father Gerry has the gall to preach his first sermon in this new parish he's been placed on children and how he plans to "shower them with affection." Jennifer feels compelled to leave, not knowing why at the moment in the sermon, causing Father Gerry to lose his composure. Does she know? Did the boys sail him down the river? His thoughts race.
Dr. Rothenberg is hired (by the Voice) to provide counseling services to the Tracey boys but as the details unfold he is conflicted on how discreet he can be.. eventually Jennifer decides to seek out the help of Zachary Blake, the lawyer who worked on her husband's accident case. Blake is stuck in a rut, needing luck, at this point in his career with things looking unwell for the once high profile attorney who can't even get work as a public defender now... Will this case be something that turns him around? Will Jennifer, Father Jon, Dr. Rothenberg be able to change the Catholic Church's policy on predators within its ranks? Will they find justice? Closure?
The author, Bello, knocks it out of the park on this one. The book is a bit long but with Bello's writing style it absolutely leaves you hanging for more. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who likes well thought out story driven thrillers. If you haven't read any of the series you can still step in and read this and follow along with no problems.