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I had questions when I finished Chance, and they were all answered in this book, most of them right in the beginning. I was thrilled to get the answers, but then more questions popped up. I was drawn into this book because I needed to know the answers.
Cassie, Laura, and Frank return in this book. Maria, a new character, was fantastic! I was rooting for her. Stella, from the title, and her parents were a big surprise.
The events in this book are disturbing. It upset me deeply that women were being subjugated, objectified, manipulated, and abused. And when it was suggested that the books women read indicate that's what they want in their lives, I was angry! Are you kidding me?!
In the first book, we saw the tip of the iceberg with hints of what was below. In this book, the iceberg is completely revealed and crushed.
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 wish there had been less of a jump forward in years. I would have liked to have read about Cassie between Chance and before Circle. Then we might have seen more of Aaron and Laura.
In Circle the events take place 7 years after Chance. Cassie is on the brink of adulthood, which means she can put the past into perspective, and also sees any future visions in a different way.
Her visions are similar to seizures and Cassie often becomes part of the person or the evil she can see. She experiences the events as if she is there, often through the eyes of the perpetrators.
If you have read Chance you will be aware of the hidden society of sexual deviants run by high powered and well-known men in society.
Dudgeon likes to mix his fictional with the stark reality of abuse, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and rape. In Stella’s case he makes the case for the thin line between coercion and consent. When the line is crossed both the victims and outsiders have trouble recognising the difference between abuse and actual true consent. This is also sometimes the case for the perpetrators.
Maybe Dudgeon will let Cassie and Frank become a more permanent fixture, perhaps a psychic-detective combo? Hint, hint.
*I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author.*
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Circle – The Diary of Stella Moore is the follow up to Chance and picks up the story approximately 7 years later.Read more