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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Circle of Trust is a thriller novel by author Jacqueline Simon Gunn and the second book in the Close Enough to Kill series. When Jacob Temple is horrifically murdered and found on the floor of his den, a hunt for a twisted killer ensues. Bereaved Kadee Carlisle decides to assist in the case despite her own demons, but the Temple murder strikes several painful and reminiscent chords for her along the way. Jacob’s ex-girlfriend, the obsessive Jane Light, draws a great deal of suspicion as her stalker ways are revealed, tracing back over nineteen years in which love appears to have brought her to the brink of madness. But the question of whether she is the murderer or not is wide open, and the real answer to the crime far more complex.
I found the elegant prose of Circle of Trust a pleasure to read. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the first book in the series. Jacqueline Simon Gunn explains all you need to know without overloading the reader with information, and protagonist Kadee Carlisle was an engaging and relatable character to follow throughout. The descriptions of the murder itself are suitably grisly and the emotional depth of the dark love story unfolding in the narrative was nothing short of breathtaking. I found that I was fascinated by the psychology of Jane Light in particular and the delivery of the delicate balance between love and obsession was thrilling and unpredictable throughout the tale. I would highly recommend Circle of Trust to fans of dark thrillers and psychological crime fiction.