Review

The title of the story is Betrayal, and the author is Lisa Grunwald.The writer narrates about how she placed an advert of any woman whohas in the past had an affair to come forward so as she could featureher in her article. After receiving and evaluating different callers,she settled on one caller who she refers to as Susan. Susan was amarried woman and according to the story her marriage was asuccessful one. She had one daughter and a husband who loved her. Welearn that Susan travelled a lot and during her trips to differentcities she had numerous affairs. Additionally, Susan kept a diaryabout all her affairs and even had a tape showing her cheating withanother man. The theme of the story betrayal is seen as the storyreaches climax when Susan mysteriously disappears leaving no trace.The writer felt betrayed by Susan because she needed her to completethe story and tries getting in touch with her without success. Bothwriter and the audience are left with suspense as to whether Susanwas genuine.

Styles used in this narrative includes conversation style whereby theauthor uses personal pronouns, colloquialisms such as the use of I,this, and my to narrate her story. Additionally another style used bythe writer is diction and tone which help her present her informationin a manner that is suitable to her writing and suits her audience.Diction involves the choice of words she uses in her work for examplethe writer knows her audience are adults, and people who have noproblem with vulgar language so she describes sexual scene usingwords such as cum, semen and clutch when explaining about Susanencounters. The writer has also used intimate and emotional tone thatis appropriate for her audience and the purpose of her writing. Allin all the use of first person narration, the choice of words, theintended audience and sentence fluency makes the writer style ofwriting unique and interesting thus keeping the audience glued to thestory.

After reading the work, the reader agrees that the flow ofinformation fulfils the writer’s expectation of his work. This isbecause the story is easy to read, and there is a logical flow ofideas. We are introduced to a journalist requesting women to comeforward with stories about their cheating affairs, but none of themqualify to the standard set by the writer. Susan comes in as a lastcaller who interests the journalist curiosity. The text structure:here the story ending supports its beginning where the narrator hadsaid her story is about betrayal the reader learns why it was abetrayal at the end of the story. The use of transition words makesthe story more cohesive.

The author engages the audience by maintaining suspense throughoutthe story. This help to keeps the reader glued to the story, forexample, the reader is left wondering what Susan does for a living,and this is revealed later in the book. additionally, the audience isengaged through the suspense to know whether the writer meets withSusan the audience learns at the book end that the meeting never tookplace. Lastly, the parting shot is why Susan never called again thisleaves the audience with suspense and need to know. Am sure mostaudience is looking forward to another article that is a continuationof this story.

The important point of this story is about betrayal in the sense thatSusan the source of the story failed to provide evidence proving herstory to be true. Thus, we will never know whether her story wasfictional or true. By posting the story as a request to the source tocome forward I believe, the writers point is made. The author simplywanted was to write an article on cheating that she has done evenwithout valid source.