In A.J. Banner’s latest suspenseful thriller, THE POISON GARDEN (LakeUnionPublishing), a woman’s idyllic life becomes a deceptive hall of mirrors.

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?You have reason to worry until the very last page.

Banner’s novel is a thriller being published in a sea of thrillers that you must NOT miss.


As a child, A. J. Banner loved reading everything from Nancy Drew to Tolkien to her parents’ spy novels, “borrowed” from their bookshelves and hidden beneath her pillow. She wrote her first thriller, Mystery at Crane Corner, at the age of 11. She drew her own cover art and bound the pages with staples.

Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. graduated from high school in southern California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She tried various professions after college, including a stint in law school and a memorable job at a veterinary clinic, since she loves animals, but eventually she returned to writing.  AFTER NIGHTFALL, which Publishers Weekly calls a “gripping psychological thriller,” is now available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook and e-book formats.

THE TWILIGHT WIFE (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) became a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, her debut, was the #1 Kindle bestseller for 34 days, remained in the top five on the Kindle bestseller list throughout the book’s release month, and was in the top 50 in the Kindle store for 145 days in a row. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR was named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next GONE GIRL.

A longtime fan of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, A. J. feels at home writing stories with unexpected twists and turns. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and six rescued cats.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the most interesting thriller you’ve read recently. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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61 thoughts on “THE POISON GARDEN by A.J. Banner – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. I’ve been collecting vintage books lately. I just started one called The Haunted Attic. It’s a Judy Bolton mystery. I didn’t realize just how many series mystery/thriller books were written in that time period. What’s even better about them is that I can read them with my 12 year old daughter with ASD. She loves mysteries and thrillers, but doesn’t handle a large fear factor. It’s great!

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  2. The Night Olivia Fell was the most recent suspense/ thriller I read that was excellent! Five Stars! I also loved The Girl on the Train. Thanks for the opportunity!


  3. This book sounds like a very good read and a very good page turner!! I love the cover , it is Beautiful!! I would love to read this book so I will be adding it to my TBR list. The last thriller i read is called “Lilac Lane” by Ann Swann. Thank you for the chance. Have a Great week.

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  4. I love thrillers and the most recent books that I gave 5* on Goodreads are SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS and DON’T BELIEVE IT both by Charlie Donlea.

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