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A fire ignites a whirlwind of action and accusation in a swamp town that hasn't seen excitement since the big lottery win 12 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 12 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?
©2015 Anne McAneny (P)2017 Anne McAneny
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 10-24-17

The Peeling of Small Town Onion Layers

Buried secretes, murder, betrayal, and greed of the most prominent citizens of a small Carolina swamp town get pealed and exposed layer by layer in a long term vengeance sting operation.

12 years ago14 year Maise was killed by a drunk driver and the young son of the drunk driver, Hoops, who was also Masie's boyfriend, disappeared.

Chloe, the heroine of the story who is now a reporter was Masie's best friend and had a major crush on Hoops. Also twelve years ago on the same day that Masie was killed and Hoops went missing four town residents won a supper muti-million dollar lottery jackpot.

Cholie receives an assignment to do an article on that week in the town's history.

A small fire breaks out at the general store, where the winning ticket had been sold. The fire uncovers a pot growing business and a hidden room with handcuffs and a bloody shirt that matched the shirt that Hoops was wearing on the day he disappeared.

Layer by layer more secrets will become uncovered in this novel. Also the lottery winners seem to be having a run of bad luck.

Then there was the attractive mysterious neighbor of Chole, Rafe. I figured out fairly early in the novel who Rafe really was. I don't know why it took Chole so long to figure it out. Even with Rafe's changed appearance, ie: tinted contacts, dyed hair and plastic surgery his mannerisms, speech patterns and interests were unchanged. No one suspected who Rafe actually was.

This was a very interesting novel with multiple surprises. The narration was also very good.

In peeling layers there was one innocent victim at the end of the story. On one hand five criminals were exposed, however I really felt for the innocent victim who was collateral damage in the sting.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 07-04-17

Great Book!!

This book by Anne McAneny was very well written. I loved all of the twists and turns this story had. Laura Jennings did a great performance and put so much into it. I loved the suspense and the imagery this story had. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. Before I listened to this book I didn't have a clue what the cover art had to do with the story, but I totally got the bicycle tire and snake after I started it. Love and adventure are two words that describe part of this book. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no cost by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. I will most definitely look for more books by both the author and narrator, and will listen to this one again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 07-10-17

A brilliant story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend this book. The story is well written and the mystery held my attention from start to finish.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Circled?

It is quite a poignant story as it involved the loss of childhood friends. Experiencing a loss like that at such a young age has a huge impact on young people and I felt that the writer portrayed this very well with Chloe. The events surrounding the death of her friend and the disappearance of Hoop changed her outlook on life and affected relationships she had in the future. I loved how she wouldn't give up on discovering the truth, even 12 years later, and her dogged determination to bring those responsible to justice.
Some of the 'Hoop' story was quite obvious after a while but I enjoyed watching those events play out.
There were plenty of comedic scenes which lightened the tone of the story and had me laughing out loud. The little bit of romance was also a nice touch.

What does Laura Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was excellent and I would look out for more titles performed by Laura Jennings.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story surrounding the death of her friend Macy who was so close to escaping poverty and living a nicer life with her mum.

Any additional comments?

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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