Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

The Good Neighbor
by A.J. Banner

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Twitter @ajbanner1

Just released: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Thriller, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 204 pages
Rating: 3

First sentence(s):
I'm drowning. The river's current is tearing me apart.

Named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next Gone Girl.

From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

My two-bits:

Although a thriller, this felt more like a light mystery in regards to fidelity.

There are twists and turns that strung my curiosity along. But the unlikable characters made this one a hard read because I did not care one way or another about the final outcome.

About the author:
As a child, A. J. Banner loved reading everything from Nancy Drew to Tolkien to her parents’ spy novels, “borrowed” from their bookshelves and hidden beneath her pillow. She wrote her first thriller, Mystery at Crane Corner, at the age of 11. She drew her own cover art and bound the pages with staples.

Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. graduated from high school in southern California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She tried various professions after college – some more successfully than others – including a stint in law school, an office management position, and a memorable job at a veterinary clinic, since she loves animals, but eventually she returned to writing. Her first novel of psychological suspense, The Good Neighbor is now available on Kindle and in audiobook and paperback formats from Lake Union Publishing.

A longtime fan of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, A. J. feels at home writing stories with unexpected twists and turns. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three rescued cats.


* review copy courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge 2015 (details) @booksparks #FRC2015

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