March’s Book: The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
Note: I got this book free as a Kindle Unlimited monthly first pick. Normally, I would think that Amazon is giving these books away for a free download because they aren’t high quality, but the last free book I read turned out to be really good, so I have high hopes!
Plot Summary: 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 Thoughts: The Good Neighbor earns a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It started off a little slow and repetitive… I feel like every other sentence was the main character second guessing herself (i.e. “I really trust him! or do i really know him?”). I understand the author was trying to set the scene for a thriller, but I felt like it was getting to the point where it was more comical than suspenseful. I enjoyed the story line enough to keep going though, and by the time I was about a third of the way through, it was hard to put the book down. I think I ended up reading the book in about 3 days.
Without giving too much away, the story is about Sarah and what happens to her after a fire inexplicably burns her neighbors house down. There are a few shady characters (including her own husband at times!) and a few pleasant friends and new neighbors who try to help her recover from the traumatic experience, but in the back of her mind, she can’t shake the feeling that something is still wrong.
There are a lot of thriller books where the end becomes somewhat to very predictable by the middle of the book, but I was actually very surprised by the climax and the resolution, I did not see it coming, and I did not even suspect the right people to be involved.
I am again pleasantly surprised by the FREE book of the month offered to Amazon Prime members… that’s two for two so far that have turned out better than a lot of the novels I’ve been purchasing recently! I definitely recommend this book for readers who like a good suspense story.