Publication Date: 10/22/2019
Rating: 3.5/ 5
I received a complimentary advance copy of the digital galley for THE POISON GARDEN by A.J. Banner from Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review.
THE POISON GARDEN begins with Elise Watters who seems to have everything one would want for a good life. She’s happily remarried and she lives and works in her late mother’s home and home business selling things produced from her elaborate gardens. As she heads home early from a trip to the mainland to conduct her business, Elise is excited to be planning her first anniversary, but coming home early doesn’t always turn out the way one might hope. Instead, Elise is shocked to discover that her perfect life isn’t so perfect after all and in fact she might need to fear for her life!
This novel is a fast read and pretty short, so I don’t want to say too much about the plot for fear of spoilers. The premise of this one sounded very interesting and I definitely enjoyed the read overall. I enjoyed the discussion of the garden and the way her mother used the plants there to create unique products. One plant might be used for something medicinal, but if used in a different way that same plant could be extremely dangerous.
I had a few issues with the pacing of the novel and after feeling quickly engaged in the beginning, it got a little bit slow for me toward the middle. The end was definitely more action packed and I was eager to figure out all the twists and turns. I felt the initial plot twists were fairly predictable, but there were definitely some further on in the book that I didn’t see coming and I was fully hooked into the action in the end.
If you are looking for a quick and fun thriller, be sure to check out THE POISON GARDEN by A.J. Banner when it is released on October 22, 2019!