The front and back cover of Circle of Trust, book 2 in the Close Enough to Kill trilogy, are finalized. The book will be released in July! In the meantime, I have sent it out for pre-release editorial reviews. It received 5-stars from Readers' Favorite. There are book signings and some other public appearances on the horizon, as well. Thank you all for your interest! More soon.
Here is the review from Readers' Favorite. Below that is the book's synopsis.
Circle of Trust by Jacqueline Simon Gunn is Book 2 in the Close Enough to Kill thriller series, a compelling story with unforgettable characters. Jacob Temple’s death is the kind of murder that is ghastly and showing the telltale signs of a serial killer’s work. With no trace of the killer and nothing to work with, Detectives Poole and Gibbs have to work with people who have been close to the victim. The people closest to the victim have their own wounds and dark worlds that will surprise readers. It is interesting to read about characters like Jane Light, the victim’s ex-girlfriend who can’t get over him, Kadee Carlisle whose boyfriend has been murdered, and an incredible love story that could be as blinding as it is obsessive.
Circle of Trust is an absorbing tale of murder featuring compelling characters who are struggling to come to terms with their own hurts. Although it’s the second book in a series, it could be read as a stand-alone novel. The writing is exquisitely beautiful, tight, and utterly enjoyable. Jacqueline Simon Gunn knows how to thrust her readers headlong into the minds of her characters through a wonderful exploration of their psychological struggles and a vivid stream of consciousness. Her descriptions are breathtaking and vivid, and the dialogue flows naturally and effortlessly. The plot is very powerful, leaving no room for accurate guesses, and readers have to read on, wondering what will happen next and who killed the radio psychologist. Although the writing is unique, this author reminds me of The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith because of the gritty, absorbing, and dark nature of the tale. This one is irresistible, a hard-to-put-down thriller. - Readers' Favorite
A gruesome murder…
Radio psychologist Jacob Temple is found dead on the floor of his den. A gaping wound in his neck, lacerations crisscrossing his chest, a fork bored into each eye.
No break-in. No evidence.
Bouncing back and forth in time, the story of Jacob Temple’s life unfolds as told by the people closest to him, particularly his ex-girlfriend Jane Light, who has been stalking Jacob for nineteen years, ever since he left her. Still reeling from her boyfriend Noah’s murder, Kadee Carlisle works alongside Detectives Poole and Gibbs to unravel the facts behind Jacob Temple’s life and death. As time ticks away, Kadee struggles to reconcile her conflicted feelings about her own past—and present—and their ominous parallels to the Temple case.
When the circle of trust is broken...
As the hunt for the killer ensues, a tragic love story unfolds, along with a plan for vengeance and an unflinching look into the mind of a murderer. But will they ever figure out who killed Jacob Temple? Piercing the thorny line between facts and deception, passion and obsession, this torrid thriller illustrates one important thing: Sometimes the closer you are to the truth, the harder it is to see.