Monday, November 2, 2015

FALL READING CHALLENGE: The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

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Book Information
The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner
Course Title: Bad Behavioral Studies
Department: Suspense
Description: Examine community and neighbor relations under a microscope in this mysterious course by AJ Banner

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Synopsis: 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?

Review: I hate when I fall for the hype surrounding a book and then it turns out to be nothing like what I was expecting. Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of that happening. There should at least be some suspense in a psychological thriller/suspense novel, and I couldn't find it in this book at all. It was dull, boring, and downright ridiculous.

The main character comes off as whiny and insecure, constantly suspicious of her husband. Said husband is written as duller than dishwater, leaving you wonder why any other woman would care about him---except for the constant remarks about him being "gorgeous." 

The writing was sad. "Dialogue" was more like two people having two separate monologs, and things happened to get us to notice a detail, but then that actual incident was seemingly forgotten. 

I'm just glad that I didn't spend money on this book, and that I only lost an hour or two of my life to it.

Rating: One star (unfinished)

About the author
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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.

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