Book Review: Circle of Betrayal by Ruth O’Neill

What can you do to break the circle of betrayal? Or can it ever be broken…


Lena Farnham has it 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.

Even the most perfect people can have dark pasts – and even darker secrets.


The blurb of Circle of Betrayal promised a twisted domestic thriller – and it doesn’t disappoint. While the first few chapters make it clear what’s going on behind Lena’s back, and at times who is behind it, the reader is not prepared for the full extent of the secrets that eventually unravel. What equally keeps the reader enthralled is the dual narrative that provides both Lena and Sean’s sides. Alternative chapters from minor characters fill in any gaps. It was this complex and exciting storyline that kept me reading Circle of Betrayal until the end.

Sadly, the characters didn’t keep me quite as intrigued. Although they were driving complex storylines, I found them rather one-dimensional and difficult to connect with. To be honest, I also think this has something to do with the writing style. There were times I found it rather loose. I think a sharper writing style and tightening some areas of the plot would have made Circle of Betrayal a stronger read for me.

If you like a book where you can’t guess the end, Circle of Betrayal is a good choice. Pick up your copy here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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