As a child, A. J. Banner loved reading everything from Nancy Drew to Tolkien to her parents’ spy novels, “borrowed” from their bookshelves and hidden beneath her pillow. She wrote her first thriller, Mystery at Crane Corner, at the age of 11. She drew her own cover art and bound the pages with staples.

Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. graduated from high school in southern California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She tried various professions after college – some more successfully than others – including a stint in law school, an office management position, and a memorable job at a veterinary clinic, since she loves animals, but eventually she returned to writing. Her first novel of psychological suspense, The Good Neighbor (Lake Union Publishing), will be released in September 2015.

A longtime fan of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, A. J. feels at home writing stories with unexpected twists and turns. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four rescued cats.

31 08, 2015

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. Banner

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Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. Banner

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. BannerThe Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner
Published by Amazon Publishing on August 25th 2015
Pages: 196
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Contemporary Women
ARC provided by BookSparks


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?

This really fell short of physiological suspense. I was hoping for more oomph, but this book fell flat by chapter three for me. The Good Neighbor had a good premise, but the delivery was not so good. Sarah lives in a very nice neighborhood where everyone would want to live. Her husband, Johnny, […]

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