Mystical Circles by S. C. Skillman

In this colourful contemporary psychological thriller, set in the heart of England, Juliet discovers her sister Zoe has been captivated by the charismatic leader of a New Age Cult in a mysterious old manor house. “Tensions crackling in the air and dangerous group dynamics at the esoteric Wheel of Love.” (Fay Sampson, author of ‘The Hunted Hare’.)When young journalist Juliet pursues her sister into the heart of the cult in the lovely Cotswold hills, aiming to rescue her from a fate worse than death, who’d have thought that she’d be drawn in by the cult herself?

Mystical Circles by S. C. Skillman

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In this colourful contemporary psychological thriller, set in the heart of England, Juliet discovers her sister Zoe has been captivated by the charismatic leader of a New Age Cult in a mysterious old manor house. “Tensions crackling in the air and dangerous group dynamics at the esoteric Wheel of Love.” (Fay Sampson, author of ‘The Hunted Hare’.)When young journalist Juliet pursues her sister into the heart of the cult in the lovely Cotswold hills, aiming to rescue her from a fate worse than death, who’d have thought that she’d be drawn in by the cult herself?

She arrives in the mysterious community with high hopes. But intrigues, liaisons and relationships flare and flourish or fizzle out quickly in this close circle and despite her deep reservations Juliet is drawn into the Wheel of Love, with completely unforeseen consequences.The story of the two sisters Juliet and Zoe is continued in the follow-up paranormal thriller A Passionate Spirit.The book is ideal for fans of the Susan Howatch Starbridge series, and The Wicker Man.”Intricate tapestry of human emotions and psyches with a romantic thread weaving through the midst.” (Caroline Bailey, creative arts specialist)”Will captivate you from the first paragraph. Like any good mystery, the more I read, the more questions I had.” (Marsha Randolph, US Amazon reviewer)”Weaves romance with spiritual searching and emotional needs, powerful universal themes.” (Marie Calvert, arts psychotherapist and retreat leader)”I fell in love with the beautiful house where the story is set and wanted to go there immediately… intense and compelling.” (Eleanor Watkins, author, The Village, A Wind of Change and A Time of Green)”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 and 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 the young adult fantasy series Destiny’s Rebel)”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)”Juliet’s arrival and her probing questions are a catalyst setting in train a release of emotions and a clash of personalities which will bring the entire future of the community into question. To me this is a romance, a mystery and an exploration of the deep areas of human motivations. It’s about the need for honesty in relationships and about the search for healing from the past. It roams the wild borderlands between mysticism and theology. Difficult territory to navigate but the writer takes us through to a satisfactory and fulfilling conclusion.” (Paul Trembling, Lion Fiction crime, thriller & mystery author of Local Poet, Local Artist and Local Legend)”I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the old house Juliet goes to with its oak beams, low ceiling and wainscoting. I liked the references to its occult/pagan past; corn dollies on the wall and stuff like that gave it a Wicker Man kind of feel. When Juliet finally meets her sister we see that Zoe is utterly caught up in the cult way of life. Craig is described well and comes across as manipulative and scary. He has special shaman powers that give him superiority over the others. This overall feel of creepiness is maintained. Again Juliet’s character is reminiscent of the policeman in The Wicker Man. Juliet becomes more and more dubious about the merits of the group and the credibility of Craig as its leader.” (Kimbie, Amazon reviewer)

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