by Cathy Holloway Hill


What motivates females of multiple ethnicities to bully, trash talk, sabotage, and humiliate one another? How can so many women form close relationships while at the same time secretly gossiping, competing, betraying, backstabbing, and envying?

This book will show women how to have closer, healthier, and more authentic relationships with each other.

Cathy Holloway Hill, Life Strategist and Psychologist, breaks it down with her own experiences, tools, research, and new behaviors proven to stop this epidemic head on.

Foreword is an interview with the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Also female celebrities (Barbara Corcoran, Shark Tank; Dr. Iyanla Vanzant; Dr. Wendy Walsh, and others), weigh in.

Readers will discover:

1- Why it happens;

2- How society reinforces hostile behavior among women;

3- Ages & stages of aggression;

4- What men think about it;

5- How the female brain is wired;

6- Critical steps for healing;

7- Advice from female celebrities;

And much more!


I wasn’t sure what to really expect in reading this (other than what the title implies), but right off the bat I liked the author Cathy Holloway’s writing style and her passionate and energetic narrative ‘voice’. It’s hard not to feel her warmth and enthusiasm as you read through these pages, and she really makes it a fun experience!

Unlike many ‘self-help’ or self-improvement books out there, she really hones in on a specific problem- the way that women can be each other’s worst enemies (or ‘frenemies”) and some ideas on what to do about it – mainly starting with building your own self-esteem and learning self-love, not self-hate.

She breaks this concept down even more into many different areas and gives specific examples (from handling bullying, toxic people, controlling and manipulative behavior, backstabbers, etc…), deeper explanations, and useful suggestions that you can use in your life right this minute.

I loved reading this and thought it was very insightful and constructed in a way that flows well from one topic to another, all while staying focused on the main theme of creating a stronger, more positive relationship with ourselves and therefore with others.

Ms. Hill has a talent for explaining her ideas so that anyone can easily understand her, and the writing was very good! I think anyone who wants to learn more about overcoming these negative experiences and learn tips to bolster self-esteem and confidence would appreciate Secret Betrayal: How to Heal Female Rivalries. Recommend. (5 stars)

Reviewed by Cherri Waerer

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