Intense Psychological Drama in a Beautiful Setting
"First of all, I fell in love with the beautiful house where the story is set, and wanted to go there immediately! Against this backdrop, a tense and intriguing psychological drama is worked out, with new twists and revelations every day. The complex and often damaged characters gathered together react and interact more often than not in ways that surprise and sometimes shock, and you are kept guessing about the outcomes of some of the relationships until the very end. This was an intense and compelling story with many twists and turns in the plot to keep you reading." (Eleanor Watkins, author of over 40 novels for young adults)
Psychological Suspense That Doesn't Disappoint
"The scene is an idyllic Cotswold farmhouse, where a mixed bag of needy people live in a community. Enter journalist Juliet, seeking to save her younger sister from the clutches of what she considers a cult, with its charismatic and enigmatic leader, Craig. Like Juliet, we are drawn into the claustrophobic lives of the characters in this "Wheel of Love" and find ourselves unable to leave. As the emotional and psychological tensions crackle and ignite against each other, it's like watching a slow-motion train crash of the conflicting personalities, desires, jealousies and hurts. If you like your drama filled with psychological suspense, with a hint of the paranormal, then you won't be disappointed. I'm pleased to see there's a sequel, 'A Passionate Spirit'". (Philip S Davies, author of teenage fantasy novels)
Human Complexities Interweave and Surprise
"This turned out to be an 'into the early hours' read! Once I'd started, I couldn't stop following the story of freelance journalist Juliet as she finds herself caught up in an intriguing mix of characters at the Wheel of Love - a cult centre in the heart of the Cotswolds. The setting and characterisation combine to create a intricate tapestry of human emotions and psyches, with a romantic thread weaving through the midst. Human nature is revealed in many shades and the story builds to an unexpected climax which keeps you guessing right to the end. Read it and see for yourself!" (Caroline Bailey, Creative Arts Specialist and Lay Anglican Minister)
Very Intense Atmosphere
"One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the way my understanding of the characters developed as I read it. I was never sure who the 'goodies and baddies' were supposed to be and wanted to keep turning pages to find out.... what I did discover, by the end, was that none of the characters were that simple. Rather like in real life in fact!
I also enjoyed the way the book dealt with spiritual issues - through the lens of ordinary people trying to find their way. The author creates a very intense atmosphere around the fictional community in the book, which made it believable that the characters found themselves forced to explore the edges of their own personal belief systems.
I'm a great fan of the Susan Howatch 'Starbridge' series and this book appealed for many of the same reasons. A memorable setting, page turning uncertainties, and being left with the image of people on a journey."
(Sue Wharton, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick)