Circle of Trust

Close Enough to Kill - Book 2

Fiction - Thriller - General
376 Pages
Reviewed on 07/05/2016
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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.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Kadee is trying to move on with her life after suffering the loss of the man she loved, but things are starting to get even weirder. Yvonne seems to have a secret and her new book may not be the fictional account she claims it is. Even more, there are other murders going on that Kadee is now involved with for her new job. But seeing the dead is not necessarily what she wants after her loss, and Yvonne seems to be making things even more difficult with the next book she’s trying to write … but is that one fiction either? Of course, you’re going to be wondering all along whether or not the real murderer will ever be caught in Circle of Trust by Jacqueline Simon Gunn.

This book was interesting and had some amazing characters. Kadee and Yvonne are both great to learn about and you find yourself drawn into everything that’s happening. There’s plenty of action all the time and it’s very descriptive. If you want to know what a crime scene really looks like, down to the wounds suffered by the victim, then this is the book for you. Between Noah, Jacob, Jane, and plenty more characters, you won’t have a problem feeling like you’re right in the middle of all the action (and that’s exactly where you want to be). You will enjoy this book even if you haven’t read the first one because you can glean enough back story information from this book. Circle of Trust is definitely one I would recommend.

Christian Sia

Circle of Trust by Jacqueline Simon Gunn is Book 2 in the Close Enough to Kill thriller series, a compelling story with unforgettable characters. Jacob Temple’s death is the kind of murder that is ghastly and showing the telltale signs of a serial killer’s work. With no trace of the killer and nothing to work with, Detectives Poole and Gibbs have to work with people who have been close to the victim. The people closest to the victim have their own wounds and dark worlds that will surprise readers. It is interesting to read about characters like Jane Light, the victim’s ex-girlfriend who can’t get over him, Kadee Carlisle whose boyfriend has been murdered, and an incredible love story that could be as blinding as it is obsessive.

Circle of Trust is an absorbing tale of murder featuring compelling characters who are struggling to come to terms with their own hurts. Although it’s the second book in a series, it could be read as a stand-alone novel. The writing is exquisitely beautiful, tight, and utterly enjoyable. Jacqueline Simon Gunn knows how to thrust her readers headlong into the minds of her characters through a wonderful exploration of their psychological struggles and a vivid stream of consciousness. Her descriptions are breathtaking and vivid, and the dialogue flows naturally and effortlessly. The plot is very powerful, leaving no room for accurate guesses, and readers have to read on, wondering what will happen next and who killed the radio psychologist. Although the writing is unique, this author reminds me of The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith because of the gritty, absorbing, and dark nature of the tale. This one is irresistible, a hard-to-put-down thriller.