Fast-paced suspense novel

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Circle of Betrayal by Ruth O’Neill

The Blurb

Lena Farnham has I all: a job she loves, a wonderful husband, a huge house, and a baby about to arrive. She’s the happiest she’s ever been, and she can’t believe how lucky she is. Unfortunately, Lena’s luck is about to run out.

Someone is following her, and not only that – they’re leaving frightening messages, and threatening her perfect life. Even worse? Her husband Sean doesn’t believe any of it.

When the baby finally arrives, however, Lena’s follower is the least of her worries. Everything in her life is about to change, but why? What did she do to deserve this? And what isn’t Sean telling her?

Lena embarks on a journey to uncover the lies, deceit and betrayal from the one person she loves and trusts the most… her husband.

About the Author

Ruth O’Neill grew up in the ancient Roman city of Bath England, a beautiful peaceful city whose locations are often referred to in her first book Sunshine & Tears.

Ruth has always enjoyed helping others and is very committed to her job as a Teaching Assistant for literacy, where she supports young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities at the City Academy Bristol.

Ruth has one son and two step children as well as three young grandchildren who now take up a big part of her life.

She lives in Bristol, the South West part of England with her long term partner.

The Review

Having read and reviewed as many self-published novels, and as a self-published author myself, I know how much love and hard-work goes into every aspect of it and how many times you go through the novel again and again making it as perfect as it can possibly be but without the assistance of a publisher to say it’s right for an audience now. 99% of the self-published books I’ve read have been every bit as good as a published one, and in many instants, better because they don’t lose the authors heart and soul through the editing process. This novel does not disappoint. Every bit as good as the books that sit beside it along a Waterstones shelf. A psychological thriller with a great deal of depths and twists and turns that you won’t see coming.

The hook in this thriller is clear from the get go, we meet Lena and her husband Sean. Lena is expecting her first child and her trepidation and excitement at the prospect is clear but with it brings the paranoia that we all feel when something is about to change.

But then she starts to feel as though she is being followed and it’s not long before she receives a gift that has a clear threat. It feels creepy but at the same time, Lena tries to take it in her stride feeling protected by husband Sean.

The introduction to hearing it from Sean’s point of view is perfectly executed. And we learn just what Lena’s once loyal and trustworthy husband is distracted by. Of course it’s clear that there is devastation on the horizon and what it most certainly does it open up the opportunities for the person who Lena believes is stalking her.

But then the stalker is introduced to us, though we have no idea who this is and seeing it from their portrayal, it made me dive into the novel even further for I was desperate to know what Lena and her husband had done in order for someone to feel like this.

Further viewpoint characters are added, increasing the layers and depth of the novel which is executed perfectly.

I really enjoyed this book, another one of those that I stayed up late into the night to read ‘just one more chapter’.

This is definitely one book you need to pick up this year.

Book available for on the following link:- reviews: Circle of Betrayal

Date of review: 15/10/2021

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