If I had to describe the writing of A.J Banner in a word, I would choose “hooked” because that is exactly what happens to me when I read the first page of a novel she has written.
I read The Twilight Wife a few years back in a single sitting so I was thrilled when #cjsreads decided to buddy read her newest release, After Nightfall, for one of our August picks. This novel was no different from The Twilight Wife in regards to the amount of time it took me to read it as I read this one in a single sitting.
Essentially, this novel encompasses the basic plot for a noteworthy thriller. Lying husband? Check! Suspicious wife? Check! A dead body? Check!
I find Banner’s prose to be very realistic and easy to absorb; this is probably why I am able to sit down and binge read her books. However, I do find (and I had similar feelings with The Twilight Wife) that the conclusions are a little predictable. I am able to predict the ending pretty early on to the plot. Did this make After Nightfall less enjoyable? Not for me. However, I could see that being an issue for some readers.
I think this would be an awesome lighter, thriller to bring to the beach. Fan of Liane Morarity or SJ Watson? I think After Nightfall would suit your fancy just fine!
Thanks to the author (A.J Banner, Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
As mentioned, this was a #cjsreads pick. Want to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one? Keep reading to find out!
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Grievance by Christine Bell was sort of an impulse pick I had while browsing through Netgalley one day. A novel marketed as a “haunting and suspenseful (novel) that draws readers into the world of a grieving widow stalked by a stranger bent on stealing away everything she has left- even her past.“ I figured it sounded completely original from anything else I have been reading; it isn’t often a grieving widow is at the core of a thriller novel.
Now that I have finished reading, I am not 100% sure how I felt about this one.
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The Good Widow, a novel written by the writing duo of Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, was one of my most anticipated releases for June. I had heard several of my blogging friends (notably Amy from Novel Gossip and Chelsea from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) singing its praises. Well, those ladies had it correct. This read is the perfect one for a summer at the beach or to binge read in your PJs. From the first pages, I was completely hooked.
The novel opens an unnamed couple driving off into the sunset. Flash forward, we meet an elementary teacher, Jacks, getting the news every wife fears. Her husband, James, is dead. He died in a car crash in Maui. The problem is, James was supposed to be in Kansas on business. As Jacks receives more information surrounding his death, she is absolutely shocked. He was in Maui with a woman. A woman he was having an affair with. As Jacks learns her marriage is not as it appeared, she finds herself connecting with a man, Nick, who knocks on her door and is, ironically, the fiancé of the James’ lover, Dylan. The pair decides to head to Maui and find answers but the ones she finds, may not be the ones she is ready for….
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