Book Description (via Goodreads): Kate Saunders 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.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Warning: this book contains difficult scenes to read as per explicit language, emotional, mental and physical abuse.
Almost immediately I was drawn towards the characters; Kate Sanders and her daughter, Sophie Sanders. I thought Kate was a very brave woman who dealt with a lot of emotional and physical abuse from her husband, Alan Sanders. At times it was quite difficult to ready over particular scenes that took place in this book due to Alan’s words and actions.
So much happened in this book I couldn’t believe how much detail the author went into. There were a lot of twists and turns, some of them were predictable but there were a lot which I did not see coming (especially the plot twist that comes right at the end..!) I’ve only finished reading this book in the last hour and can honestly say I am still gobsmacked at how the twists caught me out!
I really liked Seddon’s writing style and thought it was very well-written with well-developed characters which helped me to connect to the story a lot better. There were quite a few names you had to remember but I thought Seddon wrote this story very well that I always knew which character was which.
A Fool’s Circle is one of those books where you could easily read it in one sitting, unfortunately I had a busy weekend so I couldn’t dedicate that much time to reading but also I found it quite difficult at first to read over the awful, traumatic and brutally raw scenes that happened throughout the majority of this book.
There were definitely pros and cons for this book being very fast-paced. The pros were that the style and quickness definitely fit the story well to what was being unravelled, however I would’ve loved for it to have a been a little longer because I felt like I was rushing through as I wanted to know what was going to happen. That’s just my preference though!
This is a very chilling and dark story which is not for the faint hearted. I would definitely recommend this book for readers who enjoy mystery, thriller, suspense and psychological fiction stories.
Have you read A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.