This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!
The book for our Bad Behavioral Studies class is The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner.
About the book:
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?
The Good Neighbor is a very quick read that will keep you guessing through its 200 or so pages. Sarah and her husband, Johnny, are living the "perfect" life in the perfect neighborhood. However, one evening when Johnny is away, the house next to their house burns down. This fire also damages Sarah and Johnny's house and Sarah is injured from it. The couple moves away to move on, but there is something not quite right about the way Johnny is acting about the fire. From this point you are taken on a psychological ride through Sarah's paranoia. Does she have a reason to be paranoid? Or is this paranoia a figure of her imagination? You will have to read this book to find out! If you enjoy books that have a surprise twist at the end, then give this one a try!
About the author:
A. J. Banner grew up reading Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and other masters of love and mystery. She enjoyed sneaking thrillers from her parents' library, which gave her excellent fodder for her first novel of psychological suspense, The Good Neighbor. Born in India and raised in North America, she always dreamed of writing gripping stories in which nothing is what it seems. She's hard at work on her next novel in her home office overlooking a Pacific Northwest forest.