A.J. Banner pens an edge-of-your-seat thriller that sets the pace ablaze all the way through.
Sarah, a successful children’s author, is asleep in her bed when a strange noise wakes her up in the middle of the night. What happens next puts Sarah in the middle of a strange mystery, one she needs to figure out fast, though she is unsure how to go about it.
Sarah’s husband Johnny, away on a business trip during that fateful night, neglects to answer Sarah’s frantic call. Once he returns, Sarah is no longer secure in her trust for him as she begins to piece together parts of his life she knew nothing about. Even the neighbors are suspect as she strives to complete a puzzle with so many missing pieces.
Sarah is a likable heroine. She is completely guileless, though somewhat naive, in her belief that those around her share the same trait. She often tips her hand with what she has recently learned which offers an element of heightened anxiety in regard for her safety. Mounting suspense over whether Sarah will open up to the wrong person who will then use what he or she knows against her becomes an integral part of the story.
With a climatic finish and a cliffhanger ending that may or may not resonate with every reader, The Good Neighbor (September 2015) is like a fast moving river with a rushing current.
Reviewed by Maria Ryan
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