Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.

As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.

For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.

Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.

But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder

 

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MY REVIEW 

Where do I start ?

The story tells of Kate and how, after a bit of a whirlwind romance she marries Alan….she’s seen he gets a bit angry but she has no idea what is to come. She is verbally and physically abused on a daily basis by a now spiteful, aggressive and almost permanently drunken husband. This was difficult reading but highlights the amount of domestic abuse that goes on behind closed doors….with the majority being women, who end up feeling embarrassed at being a victim….

Kate is then left a lot of money by her Aunt and the only person she tells is her friend Jill, who she has known for years….they have lunch to celebrate and Kate meets John….is he her soulmate?

Kate is determined to turn her life around, to escape the constant torment and abuse with her beloved daughter, Sophie, a little angel. Kate worries about how much psychological damage is being done to Sophie as she understands what her Daddy is doing to her Mummy….heartbreaking to read.

But then, Kate is arrested for murder !! Who can she trust ? Will all her plans for a better life be destroyed?

Oh my heart…..what a marvellously twisted, heart wrenching page turner this is…..   I had such empathy for Kate….and sheer hatred for Alan, an absolute credit to Suzanne Seddon’s creative, emotion packed and downright anger inducing writing……brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase link (to preorder as due for release 17 March)

UK

https://amzn.to/2EWnFMh

USA

https://amzn.to/2UySptx

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.

Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.

Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.

Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public’s consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.

 

Twitter @suzseddon

 

Paperback: 328 pages

• Publisher: Wallace Publishing (17 Mar. 2019)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1999613635

• ISBN-13: 978-1999613631

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fools-Circle-Suzanne-Seddon/dp/1999613635/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550414197&sr=8-1&keywords=suzanne+seddon

 

Book reviews, Historical fiction

The Family Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Will she find the truth?

England, 1940

After a sudden unexplained disappearance, Thomas Charles comes back into Cat Carlisle’s life with the suggestion she leave London – and the threat of bombs – to move to back her childhood village in Cumberland.

Back in her hometown Cat discovers her childhood friend, Beth Hargreaves, is suspected of murder. As Cat tries to prove Beth’s innocence, she discovers a scheme of deception that affects the whole village. Can she uncover the family truths behind the murder and expose the enemy hiding in plain sight?

Get ready for another gripping read from USA Today bestselling author of THE SILENT WOMAN!

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MY REVIEW 

Thomas Charles returns to Cat Carlisle’s life after months without contact, he had been shot during an investigation, the wound got infected, so he was hospitalised for some time.

Cat believes he wants her help with a book that he plans to write about historic places and wants her to take the pictures.

He asks her to accompany him to Rivenby, a small village in Cumberland, which by ‘coincidence ‘ is the village she spent her childhood in… What she doesn’t know is that Thomas has been recruited to monitor an investigation into the murder of a local woman, Win Billings.

Cat’s childhood friend has been accused of the murder and soon Thomas and Cat are investigating the same murder and things really begin heat up..

This is a classic whodunit, set in the 1940’s and reminded me of the writing of Josephine Tey, charming and yet full of tension. An absolute credit to Terry Lynn Thomas’ writing.

I really enjoyed the historical elements of the story, the fashion, food and the language which I felt brought the story to life and the characters were so well done, I really disliked Phillip…..what nasty piece of work he was. I’ll be looking out for more from this author for certain…..

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

 

 

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Author Bio

Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Secret-Cat-Carlisle-Book-ebook/dp/B07H3G9MNK

US – https://www.amazon.com/Family-Secret-Cat-Carlisle-Book-ebook/dp/B07H3G9MNK