SOME THINGS ARE TOO PERFECT TO BE TRUE…
‘A sharp, compelling take on modern motherhood’ HEAT
‘A nail-biting, dark thriller’ PLATINUM
‘Fiendishly entertaining… A suspenseful and unsettling cautionary tale' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Rose O’Connell aspires to be the perfect mother.
And when she receives an unexpected invitation into The Circle, an elite clique of beautiful, wealthy and connected mums at her son’s exclusive school, it seems her dreams are about to come true. Every mother would kill for an invitation, and once she joins, Rose’s social status soars.
But what is each woman hiding beneath her immaculate exterior?
Why did a previous member take their own life?
And why have they singled out unassuming Rose to take her place?
Rose is about to find out that darkness lies at the heart of The Circle. And it’s far too late to run…
From the author of That Woman comes a razor-sharp, dark and nail-bitingly gripping new thriller. Dare you enter The Circle?
Readers LOVE Such a Good Mother
‘Enthralling, chilling, compulsive… keeps the reader gripped from start to finish, an absolute must-read for fans of thrillers’
‘You will be hanging off every word as the story evolves and goes from dark to pitch black’
‘A deliciously wicked ride’
‘The ending is just brilliant, I was completely shocked… You will be hanging on every word as the story unfolds. I couldn’t put it down. A great page turner!’
‘A well-written dark read with plenty of twists’
‘This will have you on the edge of your seat for sure!’
‘Oh my goodness, not for the faint-hearted. A must-read for anyone who loves the thriller genre’
‘Will leave you itching to get to the end. There are so many twists & turns you don’t see coming as it’s a story of manipulation & deceit on a whole new other level!’
About the author
Helen Monks Takhar has been working as a journalist, copyeditor and magazine editor since 1999, having graduated from Cambridge. She began her career in financial trade newspapers before writing for national newspapers including The Times, The Observer and The Daily Telegraph.
Originally from Southport, Merseyside, she lives in Stoke Newington with her husband and two young children.
In this fiendishly entertaining psychological thriller from British author Monks Takhar (Precious You), bank cashier Rose O'Connell is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure her little boy, Charlie, has all the advantages lost to her growing up as the daughter and occasional accomplice of a career con man, and in her now gentrified beyond recognition old stomping grounds that can mean only one thing: Charlie's admission to the Woolf Academy. And if entrée to the officially free but famously exclusive school weren't enough of a stretch for the wife of a plumber, Rose aims to shoot the moon: penetrating its charmed inner circle. She gets the opportunity to do so after the suspicious death of one member of that circle creates a vacancy. When against all odds Rose manages to catch the eye of queen bee Amala Kaur, despite uniformly cold shoulders from Amala's acolytes, readers will puzzle over the nature of the dazzling Amala's game. The surprising answers, deeply rooted in Rose's and Amala's histories, help make for a suspenseful and unsettling cautionary tale. Monks Takhar remains a writer to watch. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.
A wicked read
“Some things are too perfect to be true…”
The first thing I thought about when finishing this book is, be careful what you wish for! It is the perfect example of things are not as they appear to be to someone on the outside looking in.
I am such a sucker for these types of stories. Wealthy rich women who think they are above everyone and who behave badly are just so entertaining. For me as an introvert and happy to remain hidden in the shadows, this is not my thing, but I can see how someone could be easily seduced by such a group.
In the main, these types of stories have a despicable villain as its leader and this is also the case here. I would even go as far as saying they are the most villainous I have read! A puppet master pulling the strings and who is the keeper of damaging secrets that will be exposed if their rules are not followed.
In this interpretation, its plot can be over the top, but if you can suspend your disbelief and just go along for the deliciously wicked ride you should enjoy this book. In saying that though, who’s to say that what unfolds within these pages doesn’t actually happen in real life…