ARC Review: The Poison Garden by A.J. Banner

Sometimes and especially when I’m nervous my mouth takes awhile to catch up with my brain and what comes out is an inaudible rush of words that are mashed together.

That’s kind of what reading this book was like honestly, that is the best way I can describe it. I like thrillers, whether they’re a slow burn or lightning quick. This was just 😦 not great and I’m sorry to say so.

The Poison Garden is about a woman named Elsie who comes home a day early and finds her husband having an affair on her. And apparently he wants to kill her for her money. That’s it. Or at least that’s all I could get out of the plot.

This could just be the case of this wasn’t for me but I really could not bring myself to enjoy this book.The writing is okay, very simplistic but almost too much so. It’s weak mostly and the conversations the various characters hold unbelievable. I found myself laughing in the beginning because the author had Elsie and her husband just shouting at one another for a good chapter.


The characters are not likable but most of them aren’t meant to be. Where there is a plot it’s fuzzy and muddled. 50% in and I still had no idea where the novel was going. The cover however is beautiful.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest and fair review.

💜 1/5

Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

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