The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

November 20, 2015     Elle     ,

The Good Neighbor by A.J. BannerThe Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Published by Lake Union Publishing Genres: Thriller and Suspense
Pages: 206
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My Rating : three-stars

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?

I have to say I was very excited about picking up this book because the blurb says it’s the next GONE GIRL. Sadly, this is not even close to being true. All in all though I thought this book was okay.

First, I felt like the plot was very wishy-washy. From what I gathered the book is supposed to be about a woman trying to figure out who started a deadly fire at her neighbor’s house. But instead all readers get are the woman’s feelings of being deceived by her husband. She drones on and on about him being deceitful and the murder falls to the wayside. If this was the entire plot (woman being deceived by her husband) I think I would have liked it better but it’s not. It’s supposed to be a mystery and all we get are hurt feelings and untruthfulness. In addition to this, the ending was terrible. When we finally figure out what actually happened and who was to blame it takes about 5 pages and is suddenly over. I found myself saying “are you kidding me, that’s it?!?” I would have liked to seen the ending drawn out a bit more. If it had been, than I think it would have been a much better read. Finally, the last chapter leaves readers with so many unanswered questions. I read books because I like to know what happens in the characters’ lives after the fact. NOPE. You don’t get any of that in this book. Will there be a book 2 to tell us what happens? I hope so otherwise this book is a waste of time.

Overall, this book is okay. I am glad I read it via kindle unlimited because I would have been upset if I spent five dollars on it.


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