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She thought she was the perfect mother—until the new neighbours moved in.

Emma and Dele’s dreams came true nine years ago when they adopted their daughter, Isla. It felt like fate, like they were meant to find each other, and now they’re living the life they always wanted. But then one day a new family moves into Forest Grove—and Emma can’t shake the chilling feeling that t
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Published January 5th 2021
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Kat
Set in the fictional town of Forest Grove, the story centers on Dele and Emma Okoru, the adoptive parents of ten-year old daughter, Isla. As Emma struggles with insecurities about her personality and mothering abilities, especially as the white mother of a mixed race daughter, these are intensified when the rich, glamorous new couple, architect Lawrence and fashion designer Tatjana Belafonte, move to the village. Emma is quick to notice that Tatjana, who is black, looks like a matured version of ...more
Mark
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

LOVED IT, thanks Sophie for telling me how good it was, you were right!
The only problem I am having is what to say as don’t want to give anything away really, it’s a good book to ‘go in blind’
But...what I will say is this...Emma and Dele have a near perfect life in the amazing wooded village of Forest Grove, it is as idyllic as it sounds, except for the playground Mum’s ( all nastily wonderful ) and the bitchy fest Watsapp group they run ( also nastily wonderful ), a new family arrive, they see
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ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
Wow, this is one review that is hard to write. I really wanted to love this book as the plot line is right up my alley and I LOVE the cover too. I am sorry to say this just didn't do it for me. I found myself getting bored by the same thing happening over and over again. We have a female protagonist who is fooled by the most obvious things and seems more concerned with being popular than the safety of her daughter.

The book started out strong and then quickly falls into mediocrity, nothing happen
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ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
Wow, this is one review that is hard to write. I really wanted to love this book as the plot line is right up my alley and I LOVE the cover too. I am sorry to say this just didn't do it for me. I found myself getting bored by the same thing happening over and over again. We have a female protagonist who is fooled by the most obvious things and seems more concerned with being popular than the safety of her daughter.

The book started out strong and then quickly falls into mediocrity, nothing happen
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Di
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
To start, I love the cover of the book. The colour is pleasing and the circle of thorns is very fitting.

The title, Circle of Doubt, really describes my feelings about the book. As I was reading it I had my doubts that I would be able to give a positive review.

The story is about a young biracial couple moving into a “perfect” community with their adopted daughter. Right from the beginning, the mother had trouble fitting in with all the “perfect” mothers. Then strange things started happening, ma
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Jen
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma, Dele, and their daughter Isla move to a small town. Emma is already struggling to fit in when a new family moves in, and the wife, Tatjana, alienates Emma even further. Isla is adopted and Emma feels that the Tatjana looks like Isla's birth mother and even scarier, seems to take a special interest in Isla while shutting Emma out. The story is primarily narrated by Emma, with chapters thrown in from an unknown sinister voice.

This book seemed pretty straightforward to me for much of it and I
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Diane Merritt
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought this started off slow and was repetitive. But as I got further into the book it had more oomph to it. Ended up having a great twist I didnt see coming. Overall was a good book.

Thanks to the Author, the publisher and NetGalley for an early release of this book.
Sambooka23
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This gave me chills, I can't imagine how Emma must be feeling knowing that Tatjana could be the birth mother of their adopted daughter. The fear and uncertainty would be devastating and playing mind games with Emma. The book was thrilling and had me on the edge of my seat. Tatjana definitely did have ulterior motives and it just shows you that you never truly know someone no matter what. Emma second guessing herself had my heart breaking for her - she was put in a truly awful position.

This was
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Sophie Bristow Harris
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Circle of Doubt” by Tracy Buchanan is a tightly woven family suspense. I really liked the characters and how they all interlocked with one another into the story.
Red herrings are thrown in to put the reader off the scent and it’s not clear who can be trusted until the moment it’s revealed!
This is the first book by this author that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading more by her. A great, fast paced, highly enjoyable read.
Judy Odom
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Circle of Doubt is full of Red Herrings that will keep you guessing who is gaslighting Emma in the small town of Forest Grove.

Emma and her husband have an adopted daughter Isla and she is convinced that one of the Mum's on the school drop off is Isla's birth mother.

No one believes her, that no one being her husband Dele.

Strange things start happening and Emma is looking to be not so great a mum after all.

I don't want to say much more as it is better you follow the clues and see just who Emma c
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Teresa
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Circle of Doubt by Tracy Buchanan.

Emma and Dele have everything they could ask for after adopting their daughter Isla nine years before. They knew she was coming from an unsafe parentage, but now they could give her all of the love and security she would ever need.

But everything gets shaken up when a new family moves into the neighborhood, and while the mother of the family is posh, popular and well liked, Emma senses something familiar about her. Not only th
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Julie
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC. This book started out creepy and menacing. Then it switches to a normal family trying to get ready to start the day. The book alternated between the creepy, menacing chapters and the more "normal" chapters. I felt Isla sounded to grown up for only being 10. Dele was such a minor character I don't really know what to say about him.. The book was well-written and thought the "Facebook" transcripts seemed very real and typicall ...more
Megan Jones
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Emma and Dele’s dreams came true nine years ago when they adopted their daughter, Isla. It felt like fate, like they were meant to find each other, and now they’re living the life they always wanted. But then one day a new family moves into Forest Grove—and Emma can’t shake the chilling feeling that the wife looks just like Isla’s birth mother. Emma tells herself that this sophisticated stranger can’t possibly be the troubled woman she remembers from the adoption. But as they get to know each ot ...more
Jenny
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having loved Wall of Silence, Tracy Buchanan's book set in the town of Forest Grove, I was really looking forward to reading Circle of Doubt, especially when I found out it would be the second book set in the fictional town. Many thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

Circle of Doubt centers on interracial couple, Dele and Emma Okuru, and their adopted daughter, Isla. They live in the town of Forest Grove, having moved there seven months ago. Working full time,
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Kirsty
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
3.5
This really would have been a 4 star read had the writing not really irritated me at the beginning. Maybe this is just my reading quirk but I really loathe the info dumps that you now tend to get at the beginning of these kinds of domestic noir thrillers. I don't need this whole scene-setting, info-dumpy, clumsy way of introducing characters and their backstory. I didn't need to know what Emma did for a job so early on, etc.
There were a couple of clangers in the novel, in my opinion. Why woul
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Kirsty
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5
This really would have been a 4 star read had the writing not really irritated me at the beginning. Maybe this is just my reading quirk but I really loathe the info dumps that you now tend to get at the beginning of these kinds of domestic noir thrillers. I don't need this whole scene-setting, info-dumpy, clumsy way of introducing characters and their backstory. I didn't need to know what Emma did for a job so early on, etc.
There were a couple of clangers in the novel, in my opinion. Why woul
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Judy Christiana
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the first chapter I though, Oh No!, and then I went along and enjoyed this intense journey. I was definitely pulled into the story immediately. This is the second book in the Forest Grove series taking place in a “picture perfect” village. Of course everything is not what it seems, and that is true in this community.

Full of tension and doubt, this is a fantastic getaway from normal life. The author talks about writing this book during the Covid pandemic. I read it while the world is still in
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Kerrie Kelly
In Circle of Doubt we return to Forest Grove where we meet new family Dele and Emma Okuru and their adopted daughter Isla.
Emma is a working mother, frowned upon by long standing Forest Grove residents and has struggled to settle in.
We also meet another new family to the area, glamorous Tatjana and Lawrence Belafont, who are welcomed by everyone.
Emma begins to feel as if everything she does is wrong and everyone hates her. Is this all in her head or is someone behind the things that keep happe
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Kerrie Kelly
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
In Circle of Doubt we return to Forest Grove where we meet new family Dele and Emma Okuru and their adopted daughter Isla.
Emma is a working mother, frowned upon by long standing Forest Grove residents and has struggled to settle in.
We also meet another new family to the area, glamorous Tatjana and Lawrence Belafont, who are welcomed by everyone.
Emma begins to feel as if everything she does is wrong and everyone hates her. Is this all in her head or is someone behind the things that keep happe
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Teresa
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Circle of Doubt by Tracy Buchanan.

Emma and Dele have everything they could ask for after adopting their daughter Isla nine years before. They knew she was coming from an unsafe parentage, but now they could give her all of the love and security she would ever need.

But everything gets shaken up when a new family moves into the neighborhood, and while the mother of the family is posh, popular and well liked, Emma senses something familiar about her. Not only th
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Samadhee Ismail
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher and author for providing me the ARC. This review is based on my honest opinion only.

Emma and her husband Dele moved to the Forest Grove with their adopted daughter, Isla. Emma is white and Dele is Black and they experienced a sort of racism when they moved into their house, starting with someone smashing their house window.. Then another rich family, Tatjana and Lawrence move into Forest Grove as well and Emma couldn't help but notice how similar Tatjana lo
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theliterateleprechaun
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Tracy Buchanan has crafted an outstanding domestic thriller that relies heavily on its characters. Focussed on interpersonal relationships, ‘Circle of Doubt,’ to be published January 5, 2021, explores the potential for evil in a seemingly perfect neighbourhood. It is a richly layered and utterly immersive read.

Emma and Dele Okoru, a biracial couple, adopt a beautiful little girl and move to fictional Forest Grove to start family life in an idyllic location. This picturesque village is on the ed
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Allie's Literary Life
Circle of Doubt had everything I love about a mystery/thriller: a self-doubting heroine with a tragic secret, a creepy setting in the dark and stormy woods, an unlikely villain, and the perfect bombshell twists and turns I truly did not see coming!

Tracy Buchanan’s Circle of Doubt introduces us to Emma Okoro, a working mom who is struggling to fit in with the moms of their small, Stepford-esque community in English suburbia. When a new family moves into town, revealing strange connections to Emma
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marlin1
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
The second of Tracy Buchanan’s book set in the small fictional town of Forest Grove.
I must admit I didn’t click at first that it was set in the same town but I sensed it had the same feel about it. It’s definitely not a book that centres on the characters of the town, it’s solely on the main characters in the book. But she sets up the closed, clicky feel of some small communities very well.

Like the author’s previous novel set in Forest Grove, it did take me quite a while to get into it but once
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Kim Melbourne
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emma and dele live a happy family life in Forest Grove with their adopted daughter Isla. Emma is a busy working mum and sometimes can't believe her luck of having Isla in their life.
One morning there window is unexpectedly smashed by a brick. Shocked, they must put it down to random thugs. However Emmà becomes increasingly nervous after a new, apparently affluent family, move into the village. Tatjana, is a stay at home mum, but appears to be taking an unusual interest in Isla. Emma's concerns r
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Melody
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Doubt by Tracy Buchanan is a thriller with a couple of shocking twists. Emma and Dele adopted their daughter Isla nine years ago. Everything was great until they moved to Forest Grove and strange things started happening. Is Isla's birth mother their new neighbor? Emma starts questioning everything, even herself. This book was well-written, but I guessed the twists pretty early on. Also, I found some of the talk about Isla to be rather creepy and over-the-top at times. Thanks to NetGal ...more
Maria Lee
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author but I am keen to read more. I enjoyed the style of writing and the characterisations.

It dealt with some very topical issues; adoption, abuse, relationships but not in a ‘preachy’ way. The descriptions of the school playground parents and trying to fit in were so on point!

A book which had me turning the pages quickly to discover what exactly was going on and keen to see if I was right. An excellent read.
Maria Lee
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author but I am keen to read more. I enjoyed the style of writing and the characterisations.

It dealt with some very topical issues; adoption, abuse, relationships but not in a ‘preachy’ way. The descriptions of the school playground parents and trying to fit in were so on point!

A book which had me turning the pages quickly to discover what exactly was going on and keen to see if I was right. An excellent read.
Ellen McGrew
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Circle of Doubt is about a young biracial couple who move to a small, "perfect," forest town with their elementary-aged daughter, who they adopted as a baby. The mother, Emma, has a hard time making friends + fitting in with the "perfect" stay-at-home moms at her daughter's school, and her world is rocked when a new family moves to town and the mother looks eerily familiar.

A solid read with twists and turns I didn't see coming! It seemed predictable until the 70% point, but then things got very
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Katie Beecham
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read via Netgalley. I enjoyed this book, especially the way the chapters were written in the two varying perspectives. The characters were relatable (in the sense of gossiping mothers on the school playground). This element of the plot reminded me of Dorothy Koomson's 'The Friend'. I thought the ending was good as there weren't any loose ends and it didn't feel rushed. A solid 4 stars from me. ...more
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