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Friday, November 10, 2017

Poison: A Novel by Galt Neiderhoffer

Setting: Portland, Oregon
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: November 21, 2017

Ryan and Cass Connor seem to have the ideal life together. Their kids are adjusted and loving. Their marriage is solid. They have dream jobs and a dream house overlooking the lake. What appears so perfect is anything but. Subtle personality changes are just the start. Soon, Cass wonders just who she married and if anyone will believe her suspicions when things seem so perfect to the outsider.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Poison: A Novel is a dark, twisting novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I never felt bored thanks to the swift pace.

I never truly loved Cass's character. I certainly didn't love Ryan either. I felt bad for those kids. In the story, Cass's older kids are hers from a prior marriage. Her first husband lost a battle with cancer. Ryan's her chance to start anew, and they have a son together. The kids are part of the reason I kept reading. I wanted everything to turn out okay for them!

RTR's Bottom Line

I will admit that Poison: A Novel kept me on my toes. Ryan comes off as likable, but then you wonder if Cass is truly sane, but then you question if it's Ryan who's sanity has slipped. I bounced back and forth between them and simply couldn't predict the outcome, no matter how hard I tried. I loved the suspense, the uncertainty, but in the end, I almost felt let down with the sudden resolution.

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