Circle of Doubt – Book Review

Circle of Doubt by [Tracy Buchanan]

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 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 other and it becomes clear that Tatjana has a special interest in Isla, her suspicions grow.

When small things start to go wrong and her parenting abilities are brought into question, Emma feels undermined, turning to her sister Harriet for support. But things only spiral further when secrets from her past suddenly resurface.

With rumours swirling, Emma begins to doubt herself. Could Tatjana be Isla’s birth mother? And, with everything that’s happening, is Emma the right person to be raising her daughter at all?

No. of pages:- 299 pages

Date published:- will be published on 5th January 2021

Genre:- thriller

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 looks to Isla’s biological mother, Jade. Then someone starts spreading vicious rumor about Emma and the whole mother’s club turn against Emma–and one of them who seems to be Isla’s biological parents would do anything to get Isla back by destroying Emma.

At first, the story sounded interesting. The writing was good and engaging. However, this was not a fast paced thriller as you would expect and also a bit predictable as who this mysterious person, who is targeting Emma could be. The ending was good though nothing new about the ending.

Overall, it was an OK thriller–worth four stars!

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Tracy Buchanan

Tracy Buchanan is a bestselling author whose books have been published around the world, including chart-toppers My Sister’s Secret and No Turning Back. She lives in the UK with her husband, their daughter and a very spoilt Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Bronte.

Before becoming a full-time author, Tracy worked as a travel journalist, visiting and writing about countries around the world. She has also produced content for the BBC and the Open University, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities while working for a London PR firm.

When she isn’t spending time with her family and friends, Tracy now spends her days writing with her dog on her lap or taking walks in forests.

For more information about Tracy, please visit and

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