The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie

The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie
The Betrayal of Bindy MacKenzie  
Author(s) Jaclyn Moriarty
Country  Australia
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Pan Macmillan Publishers Australia Pty Limited
Publication date 2006
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 494 pp
Preceded by Finding Cassie Crazy

The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie, (The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie (US) and Becoming Bindy MacKenzie (UK)) is the third novel for young adults by Jaclyn Moriarty set in the north-western suburbs of Sydney, where the author grew up. The story focuses on a minor character from Moriarty's second young adult novel, Finding Cassie Crazy. The story is told through letters, memos and transcripts, similar to the structure of other novels by the author.



Bindy Mackenzie is a Year 11 student at Ashbury High, a prestigious private school in Sydney. She is a perfectionist and a high-achiever, focussing obsessively on her studies.
When Bindy begins Year 11, she is horrified to discover that she must take part in FAD -Friendship And Development- a mandatory course aimed at helping teenagers deal with the issues that face them.
Her teacher, Try Montaine, an American English teacher, takes a strong interest in each of the members of Bindy's FAD group. The FAD course presents Bindy with a rather shocking scenario- she discovers that she is widely disliked by most of her peers, due to her arrogant and precocious attitude.
Bindy begins a mission to seek revenge on her classmates, resulting in her becoming even more disliked. For Bindy, everything goes downhill from here. Her school life becomes miserable, her jobs become a struggle and her all-important grades suffer. Bindy also falls ill from a strange illness that only contributes to these problems.
Bindy slowly realises the error of her ways and tries to make amends with her FAD group, her new attitude helping her peers to gradually learn to enjoy Bindy's company as she changes as a person.
In the meantime, Finnegan Blonde, Bindy's partner from her FAD group, presents a possible love interest for Bindy as one of the first people to recognise her friendly and likable characteristics.
However, as Bindy's personality grows and adapts to make her a better person, her illness becomes increasingly worse, until she falls unconscious one night in an office at her school. Bindy is suffering from arsenic poisoning from a central character in the novel, and a complex mystery unfolds as to the character's motives.


The protagonist is Bindy Mackenzie, an over-achieving perfectionist who cares a great deal about her studies. Bindy is extremely intelligent, topping all of her classes. Bindy lives with her aunt and uncle and their daughter, Bella, while her parents are renovating a property in the city. Bindy's arrogant and smug attitude causes her to be disliked by her classmates, though she mistakenly believes she is popular and idolised due to her academic abilities. Bindy is constantly working- she studies relentlessly and has two jobs, leaving her almost no spare time whatsoever.
Try Montaine is the leader of Bindy's FAD group. She is extremely short, and slightly erratic. Try often forgets the students' names. Try takes her leadership role very seriously, even inviting the group to her house for a FAD session. Try is supportive of Bindy, but encourages her to try to be friendlier to her peers.
Emily Thompson is a member of Bindy's FAD group. Emily was a main character in Moriarty's previous novel Finding Cassie Crazy. Emily is loud and outgoing, perceived by Bindy as a clueless airhead. Emily is passionate and very emotional.
Elizabeth Clarry is a member of Bindy's FAD group. She is recognised by Bindy for her athletic ability. Bindy seems to respect Elizabeth originally far more than her other peers.Elizabeth was the main character in Feeling Sorry for Celia
Finnegan Blonde is a new student at Ashbury High and a member of Bindy's FAD group. He is mysterious and somewhat secretive, though he is rather friendlier to Bindy than his peers, thus causing him to become Bindy's love interest.
Toby Mazzerati is an outgoing, spirited member of Bindy's FAD group. He and Bindy were close friends many years previous. Toby has a talent for woodwork.
Briony Atkins is a member of Bindy's FAD group. She very rarely speaks, and when she does, it is only very briefly. Briony is kind-hearted but very shy.
Astrid Bexonville is a member of Bindy's FAD group. She is loud and popular. Astrid and Emily have a strong friendship, particularly within their group sessions. Bindy despises Astrid due to their strikingly contrasting personalities.
Sergio Saba is a member of Bindy's FAD group. He is known for his enigmatic nature, and the large burn scar on his cheek. Sergio is friendly with Astrid and Emily within the FAD group.

Love Interests

Finnegan Blonde(Markus Pulie) and Bindy Mackenzie are both from FAD group.


The Motive Bindy Mackenzie is the most perfect girl at Ashbury High. She scores in the 99.9th percentile in all her classes. She holds lunchtime advisory sessions for her fellow students. She keeps careful transcripts of everything said around her. And she has been Kmart casual Employee of the Month for seventeen months straight.

The Suspects Bindy is horrified to learn that she must take part in the new Friendship and Development (FAD) Project - a new class meant to provide a "life raft" through "the tricky seas of adolescence." Bindy can't see how airhead Emily Thompson, absentminded Elizabeth Clarry, mouthy Toby Mazzerati, malicious Astrid Bexonville, silent Briony Atkins, narcissistic Sergio Saba, and handsome, enigmatic, Finnegan Blonde could ever possibly help her. (Well, maybe Finnegan could.)

The Crime Bindy's perfect life begins to fall apart. She develops an obsession with the word "Cincinnati." She can't stop feeling sleepy. She fails an exam for the first time ever. And - worst of all - she just doesn't care. What could be the cause of all these strange events? Is it madness? Is it conspiracy? Is it...murder?

The Truth Many people hate Bindy Mackenzie - but who would actually kill her? The answer is in Bindy's transcripts. The detectives are the members of her FAD group.

Critical reception

The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie received mainly favourable reviews. Frances Atkinson at The Age called it "satisfying and engaging", complimenting Moriarty's "convincing and often funny" dialogue. Australian Bookseller and Publisher said it was "the perfect young adult novel".

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