Book Review – A Shattered Marriage by C.M Santoro

Book Review

A Shattered Marriage

(His Deadly Betrayal Series Book 1) By C.M Santoro


A Shattered Marriage
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About the Author

C. M. Santoro is excited to share her writing journey with you. She writes romance, suspense, and thrillers. Her first book, His Deadly Betrayal: A Shattered Marriage, is the first book in its series. Her background includes being a teacher’s assistant, a PCA, and a mentor for middle school students that need academic support. She’s also an advocate for breast cancer awareness. She lives in a rural town in south-central Pennsylvania with her husband, three daughters, and 3 fur babies. When she’s not writing, she’s supporting her special needs daughter–writing, taking walks, and mentoring all her favorite hobbies.

The Synopsis of the Book

Julie desperately fights for her marriage—a marriage her husband Bill treats as a hobby. The less time he spends with his wife, the more time he spends with his assistant, Steffy, who wants him all for herself. She will stop at nothing to make that happen.

While Bill finds an excuse to leave, Julie begins to find herself. An old friend resurfaces after the death of his mother. Julie and James reconnect as they mourn their losses, and memories of the heart draw them closer. But is James’ reinsertion into her life as simple as it seems?

Will the rising suspicion of her husband’s affair give Julie the strength to move on? Can she accept the love she deserves—more importantly, who will have to die if she does?

My Review

This is Santoro’s debut novel and I was excited to read it. Let me tell you the author does not disappoint. I was fully engaged throughout the entire book.  The author did a great job putting the readers in Julie’s head. I felt every emotion Julie was feeling while she desperately tried to save her marriage to Bill.

This book is a quick easy page-turner and the first in a series. The characters are well developed and true to life.  My heart went out to Julie and I felt like I knew her very well by the end of the book and could easily relate to the heartache she suffered.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, I’m hooked.


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COVER DESIGN – 5 STARS – This is an eye-catching cover that grabbed my attention. I love the bold red font and the shattered picture frame. Excellent choice.  

CHARACTERIZATION – 5 STARS – Well-developed characters. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Julie and her husband Bill really well.

STORY & PLOT 5 STARS – Great storyline and a real page-turner.

OVERALL RATING – 5 STARS – I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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