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The Poison Garden

Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
3 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A woman’s idyllic life becomes a deceptive hall of mirrors in a thriller of exquisitely constructed psychological suspense by A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor.

Elise Watters seems to have it all - a blissful marriage, a gorgeous Victorian home surrounded by lush gardens, and a dream job running her late mother’s herbal boutique.

But on the eve of her first wedding anniversary, Elise makes a shocking discovery that turns her life upside down and casts doubt on everything she thought she knew - about her marriage, her friends, and even herself. As she treads into dangerous territory, Elise is forced to wonder: Is her whole future at stake? Or is paranoia getting the best of her?

If she is to believe what she sees, Elise has every reason to fear for her life....

©2019 Anjali Writes LLC (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

The Poison Garden is a taut, absorbing, richly atmospheric thriller. I started it one morning and finished it late the same night. A. J. Banner is a master of smart psychological suspense.” --Cristina Alger, bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife and Girls Like Us

“A fast-paced ride that leaves you guessing until the last page. The Poison Garden is sure to please fans of Banner’s work. Engrossing and fun, I read it in one sitting.” --Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of The Good Liar and I’ll Never Tell 

“A. J. Banner has crafted yet another wonderfully dark tale of love and loss with The Poison Garden, a fast-paced, twisted ride into the depths of obsession and deceit.” --Victoria Helen Stone, bestselling author of Jane Doe 

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  • Schrodingersdeadcat
  • 29-10-2019

Good

As far as this genre goes, good, entertaining. I've read many many many I love the genre, but not all can hold my interest. It's interesting right from the start. When I review I don't consider if it is great literature, I consider how lost I was into the story, how much pleasure I got from the read. This was enjoyable so for me it's a 5er. Narration was good too. Good use of credit.

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  • AEZ
  • 02-11-2019

Painful

I don’t like being mean but I have to be honest - this was extremely painful to listen to. I couldn’t even finish it. 2 hours left and I just can’t. Thankfully it was free. Seemed like it was going to be a great story and plot - nope. I think it could have been but you can’t even enjoy the story due to the characters. I hate every character. None of them have redeeming qualities. The good guys, the bad guys - hate them all. I was literally yelling at the main character because she was so incredibly annoying and frustrating. I wanted to feel badly for her but couldn’t because she was completely ridiculous. The narrator was also tough to listen to - very whispery/throaty voice that got on my nerves.

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  • ctyrees
  • 21-11-2019

Page Turner!

Really liked this book! Twists and turns throughout the entire book! If you like suspense, read this one!

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  • L.L. Hall
  • 18-11-2019

Really?

Are there really women out there that are this dumb? I can't even get past the middle of this, the main character in this is a joke. Just ridiculous to portray a woman as a complete nincompoop.

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  • Naomi Weissenberg
  • 17-11-2019

Ok read

It was a pleasant reading it was repeating itself to many times but still and all nice for a vacation book

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  • bibliophile
  • 15-11-2019

Fantastic!!!

Chilling and creative. Excellent audible performance combined to make this one of my favorite books and performances this year.!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-11-2019

The Poison Garden

Although engaging in concept as to the role of the poisonous plant, the protagonist presented as far too weak, naive and trusting for a modern woman. Difficult to empathize with the character.

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  • Sekai
  • 28-10-2019

Started fast & then........

Went downhill. I read from chapter one to chapter nineteen hoping the momentum would continue. Sadly disappointed.

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  • Alisha T
  • 22-02-2020

interesting

it was good and interesting but as avid. thriller reader I would say there is a such thing as too many twist and turns and some unnecessary ones lol I did like it jumped right into the suspense and story definitely a page turner

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  • Lily
  • 06-02-2020

The Poison Garden

A very suspenseful story. The main character was a bit naive which infuriated me at times but non the less the story had so many twists and turns it kept me guessing.