Delighted to be on the blog tour today for A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon – this completely had me hooked!
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
Where to buy: Amazon UK
This was a fantastic book which had me completely and utterly gripped! However, this is a hard hitting tale of domestic abuse which really plays on your emotions – knowing there are people out there that live through this.
Kate has suffered years of abuse at the hands of her awful Husband, Alan but has stayed strong for their daughter Sophie. What also really affected me was that 8 year old Sophie was fully aware of what was going on, which again is a sad tale of some people’s real lives.
However, Kate comes in to some money following the death of her Aunt and starts to make plans to finally leave Alan. She confides in her best friend Jill and even meets a new man…..but are they they all that they seem?
Kate then finds herself framed for murder, and needs to prove to the police that she didn’t do it……but who did?! And why?
Kate is an amazing character who has been through so much, and it doesn’t seem to get easier. I routed for her the whole way through this book – literally on the edge of my seat, hoping that things would work out for her. The characters are all so well written, Seddon does a brilliant job of helping us to really get to know them.
Just a warning to future readers – there are some disturbing moments in this book, with descriptions of physical and mental abuse, as well as a number of descriptive sex scenes. But I feel they are necessary to the story, and only made me feel more for the characters.
This is truly a fantastic thriller, with many twists and turns which had me gobsmacked! I would highly recommend this book and will definitely be looking for more books from this author!
about the author….
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.
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A massive thanks to Suzanne and the publisher who contacted me to for a review and provided me with a copy of the book in return for my honest views. Also a massive thanks to Anne Cater for letting me hop on the blog tour!
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