Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

My feature today is a recent download:  The Good Neighbor, by A. J. Banner, a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…





Intro:  (Prologue)

I’m drowning.  The river’s current is tearing me apart.  I’ve kicked off my boots, but my heavy jeans cling to my legs.  My chest burns with the need for air.  Where is she?  I’ve lost sight of her—no, there she is, too close to the falls.  Her head bobs to the surface, her pale face upturned.  Her lips are blue.

I strike out after her, but the current yanks me under; I swallow mouthfuls of water.  I fight my way upward, break the surface, spitting out mud and silt.  The rumble of the waterfall rises to an earsplitting roar.


Teaser:  Now, as we waited for Eris to answer the door, I could almost believe our lives were normal, that we were on one of our casual social outings.  I’d donned dark jeans, a brown knit sweater, and Rockports.  Everything new, except the gold necklace I’d found in the rubble, which I wore beneath the sweater, where nobody could see it—a reminder of my past life. (p. 66).


Synopsis:  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?


What do you think?  Do the excerpts grab you, make you want to keep reading?



    • Hmm, scathing, huh? I hadn’t checked the reviews. I have read the author (The Twilight Wife), so I decided to take a chance on it. Now I checked, and 51% were 4 and 5 stars…and 21% were three stars. 18% were one and two stars.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.


  1. I agree – a great opening. Very breathless or that’s how it felt to me – the not strong swimmer. I, too, have a copy of this one and also THE TWILIGHT WIFE. I obviously need to read both of them. 🙂

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    • When I heard about “scathing reviews,” I went to the site…and those bad reviews showed up first, but they were in the minimum. Most of the reviews were 5, 4, and some 3s. So I am willing to take the risk, since I’ve read the author before.

      Thanks for stopping by, Diane, and for hosting.


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