Sunday, 17 March 2019

A Fool's Circle by Suzanne Seddon - Book Review

A Fools Circle book cover. It is an eye that contains shadows of a man attacking a woman.

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.

Author Bio

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 among 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.

My Review

A Fool's Circle was not a light read by any means, but it was one I enjoyed. It had me hooked straight away and I couldn't put it down.
I had a lot of sympathy for Kate who is stuck in a deeply abusive relationship. I got so angry with her husband and wanted him to get his comeuppance. 
The only people that keep Kate going are her daughter and her best friend. Then she meets a man who makes her see she can escape if she really wants to. Will Kate and her daughter manage to start a new life, away from the tyrant that dominates their lives?
A Fool's Circle covers serious issues that might distress some people, including domestic violence and abuse. Although for me it wasn't written in such a way as to shock, more that it added extra dimensions to the story, showing exactly what Kate went through.
I was rooting for Kate from the first chapter and wanted her to get away from Alan and start a new life with her daughter. 

Thank you so much to Suzanne Seddon for a digital Arc to review and give my honest opinions on.

I am re sharing my review today as part of the blog tour, to find out what others thought follow the rest of the tour. 


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