Saturday, October 24, 2015

Circled by Anne McAneny

Title:  Circled
Series:  Crime After Time
Author:  Anne McAneny
Publication Date:  July 29/15 by Farrington Press
Length:  345pgs
Genre:  mystery
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

A fire ignites a whirlwind of action and accusation in a swamp town that hasn’t seen excitement since the big lottery win twelve years ago. Little does reporter Chloe Keyes know that when she sniffs around for clues, she’ll end up facing her own demons while unsettling the very foundation of her hometown.

Chloe starts her day by pulling a gun on two intruders—and things only go downhill from there. Driving to Boyd’s General for her daily caffeine fix, she finds the place ablaze. When the flames die down, she uncovers evidence that points to a dire fate for her missing childhood friend, Hoop. He disappeared twelve years ago, on the same day his girlfriend was struck and killed by a car. The events have left a dark mark on Chloe.

Over the next two days, strange occurrences pile up: Chloe’s neighbor is found floating and bloated in Black Swamp; the head of a cosmetics conglomerate is arrested by federal agents; phone records point to a dead girl making calls; and a handsome stranger mystifies everyone he encounters. Through it all, the promise of a spectacular magic show captivates the local residents.

Close calls with gators, crossbows, and armed felons lead to a startling conclusion, complete with illusion, chicanery, and the most divisive trick of all: cold, hard truth. Will Chloe’s murky existence finally be clarified, or will she succumb to the demons that haunt her?

My Review:

Once again McAneny has created a work that held my attention and my imagination throughout. I was creatively and intellectually stimulated throughout. McAneny seamlessly combines mystery with the everyday lives of those living in this little swamp town. The novel is extremely well written, full of eloquent descriptions and intriguing narrative.

Chloe was a fantastic main character that I not only enjoyed getting to know, but who truly invited me into her story. The way in which McAneny develops her, gradually and intimately, makes for a character that I truly felt I knew on a personal level. The events that she finds herself embroiled in are not only fantastically entertaining to read about, but also serve to further develop the characters.

McAneny is one of those rare authors who captivate me with each new release. Circled blows all those who came before out of the water. This is simply a must read novel for those who enjoy mystery and suspense.

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And now, enter to win in this fantastic giveaway with Anne McAneny & Circled.
3 Amazon copies of Circled will be gifted to winners directly from the author
Contest is open internationally, where applicable by law. 
Entries close at 11:59pm November 6/15. 
Winners will be drawn November 7/15. 
Winners will be notified via email to the email provided to the giveaway and will have 72h to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.


  1. Hi thanks for the chance. Sounds like a good book

  2. I enjoyed the blurb-sounds like a great book and the review confirms that! I can't wait to read it and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  3. this looks an amazing read - lots of twists and turns to keep the reader held in place right to the end

  4. Sounds great! I love the cover!

  5. Hi intriguing blurb thanks Jonel for introducing me to a new author

  6. Thanks for the great review, Jonel! So glad you enjoyed it :-).

  7. Sounds like a great book. Great review too. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. Hi, loving the interesting cover too.

  9. Sounds like an intriguing read. Hope I win! ;-) --Michael

  10. This book sound like I need to add it to my TBR list.

  11. This book sound like I need to add it to my TBR list.

  12. This book sound like I need to add it to my TBR list.

  13. This book sound like I need to add it to my TBR list.

  14. Sounds like I'd enjoy the depth of character. Would like to read this.

  15. Sounds like a wonderful read. I love mystery and suspense. You are a new author to be are there other genres you write? Is there one that you would like to write that is totally different then the kind you write now?