Circle: The Diary of Stella Moore By Peter Dudgeon

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Book Description:

[Circle – The Diary of Stella Moore’ is the sequel to Chance and is not intended to be read as a stand alone novel]

“Is he sharing more than your bed?”

It’s 2021. A sadistic criminal web has spread across powerful institutions, filling a void created by society’s apathy towards sexual violence.

Cassie Janus has grown up away from London, safely shielded from this malevolent force until Detective Sergeant Frank Simmons visits her in desperate need of her help.

What starts out as a missing persons case quickly morphs into a battle against evil in which Cassie will need to employ more than just her precognitive powers. It will demand all her courage and wisdom if she’s to survive a war waged against the Circle.

‘Circle’ is the sequel to ‘Chance’, picking up the story of Cassie Janus, seven years later.

My Thoughts:

As stated in the book description Circle is the sequel to Chance. Chance I have to say, is a brilliant novel and one I highly recommend reading. It certainly does give the reader more background to Cassies character. In Circle the author starts off with a few brief chapters focusing on Cassie growing up but for me the story really started to get going when we get to Cassie in the present day.

Here on in the whole storyline felt very much like the start of a detective series. We have a strong male character in the form of Frank who’s a detective who, when he begins to look into a missing persons case it begins to open up a whole can of worms. Enlisting Cassie into helping him due to her psychic powers they set off on the trail of a very dark and potentially dangerous journey.

It was great to meet up with Cassie again and to see what has happened to her since we saw her last in Chance. Growing up brings a whole different mixture of issues for Cassie which is even harder with being able to see things that she shouldn’t. She’s scared to open up to anyone as she doesn’t know how they will react to her secret.

As with Chance, I found Circle to be a fast paced read that I did not want to put down. To start with I had no clue where Stella featured in the whole story  and it did slightly confuse me. The author kept me guessing though and through the twisty journey that he takes us on, it all became suddenly clear.

I have no idea what the authors intentions are after this novel. I do think he has left it quite open to maybe a series following Cassie and Frank as they make a great team and they are certainly characters that I as a reader would love to see more of. Circle is an ideal read for fans of dark and fast paced crime thrillers.

I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.

Circle is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.


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