The Good Neighbor

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The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner (not to be confused with a novel by the same name written by Amy Sue Nathan, which I will be reviewing in about a week), is a psychological thriller that I downloaded from Kindle First from Amazon.

To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed in this book. It starts off with Sarah, who is the author of a children’s book series called Mighty Mouse. One day, she is home alone while her husband is off on a business trip. She falls asleep after a long day, and is suddenly awakened by a loud noise. Once she gets up from her bed, she sees that her neighbor’s house is on fire. Her instincts kick in, and she rushes over, aving the neighbors’ daughter from the heat, just in time, because ashes caught in the wind blow over and catch her house on fire as well. The neighbors unfortunately perish in the fire, and that’s when a huge tree falls down and knocks Sarah unconscious.

She awakens in the hospital a couple of days later, unsure of what really happened. Her husband is home now, and has found them a new place to stay, thanks to a patient of his, Eris. They move into the cottage that is in the middle of the woods on a dead end road. This is when Sarah becomes suspicious of her husband cheating on her-she hears him speaking to someone else when she’s not in the room, she follows him and sees him disappear into another womans house while he’s supposed to be out on a run. While she is trying to solve the mystery of what her husband is up to, the police may have figured out who set the fire, but no one knows why. Mixed with paranoia, secrets and obsession, this book just gave me a weird feeling.

I felt like there were too many stories going on at once, too many characters. Not only did we have Sarah and her husband, but also the neighbors, their daughter, her grandmother, as well as the people across the street. That’s just at their old house. Let’s add in Eris and her strange neighbors too. There was just too much going on. I think this was this author’s intention, so that the reader wouldn’t know who set the fire, but honestly it drew away from the plot. Then the sub plot of the husband cheating- to cast doubt on his character- was underwhelming to say the least. To be honest, I am glad that I didn’t spend money on this book. It was an okay read, but it wasn’t anything spectacular.  This one gets 2 out of 5 stars, just for the fact that there were too many things going on, if the author would have stuck with one story and built something from there it would have been much better.

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