Review: A Fool's Circle by Suzanne Seddon

This year I am making a real effort to read more. Reading is a favourite pastime of mine but over the past couple of years I've struggled to find the time for books. So I've challenged myself to read 52 books this year, one for each week. One of my 52 books is Suzanne Seddon's debut novel, A Fool's Circle, which was sent to me to review.


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.


This is a really dark and gritty psychological thriller about a woman called Kate Sanders who is living with her abusive husband, Alan, and who sees no way out, especially as she has an eight year old daughter to think about. Fate brings her a chance to escape when she inherits a small fortune when a relative passes away, and after confiding in her best friend, Jill Reynolds, she makes plans to finally leave. She even manages to meet a new man, Jonathon Jacobs, but just as everything is falling into place, Alan is murdered and Kate finds the finger of suspicion pointing straight at her. 

I was hooked on this book, desperate for Kate to make it through to a new life of happiness, and filled with hatred for her horrible husband, Alan. The plot has several twists and turns, some of them I saw coming (I love trying to work out what is going to happen next!) but the ending was a total surprise. 

The writing style is very graphic, with violence, abuse and sex scenes described in detail. I usually swap books with my Nanna but I won't be passing this one on - sorry Nanna! It was at times difficult to read as the language is so hard hitting but it does add to story and I doubt it would have had the same suffocating and intense feelings without it. 

A good book to pick up if you love a thriller! 

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