A Fool’s Circle is a mystery thriller for the ages. It is a witty, smart, and clever novel that I have had the pleasure to review. Suzanne Seddon is a skilled author.

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  • Title: A Fool’s Circle
  • Author: Suzanne Seddon
  • Publisher: Wallace Publishing on March 17, 2019
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Pages: 328
  • Format: E-book
  • Rating: 5/5
  • TRIGGERS: Graphic violence, rape

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“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?”

My Review of A Fool’s Circle:

We start the book with violence, and this theme carries throughout the novel, which might make you think that it is one dimensional, but it is so much more than that. The violence builds on itself until you are left feeling that the worst has shown itself… until it hasn’t.

Kate is determined to save her daughter, Sophie, from the life of violence that Sophie witnesses each day. Fortunately, the physical abuse never reaches the young girl, but the emotional toll it takes on her is disheartening. Kate needs to find a way to get out of the situation and depends on her best friend Jill to help her.

Could this be the biggest regret of her life?

I enjoyed this book. It was heart-wrenching. Though, rather than make me sad, it fired me up. I was ready to fight to the death for Kate and Sophie. The more I read, the angrier I became. I hate to say that the violence entertained me, but this book had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down, and I had to keep swiping those pages.

However, there are a few parts of the novel that I didn’t like. The blurb tells almost the whole book, so I felt that I knew the ending before I even got started. Also, there is a twist that doesn’t make sense to me, but I was willing to overlook it because I enjoyed the story.

*Update 9/25/2019 – I spoke with the author about the twist and after her explanation, I went back to read that part over again and I was mistaken. The twist is explained and I have updated my rating due to my error.

I am happy to award A Fool’s Circle 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves thrillers. The novel is sure to entertain, though I do recommend popcorn to go with it.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of A Fool’s Circle in exchange for an honest review.

A Fool's Circle


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