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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…


“[An] impressive psychological thriller Banner keeps the reader guessing to the end. Fans of domestic suspense will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

The Poison Garden is a real page-turner of a mystery that leaves the reader second guessing all the way to the end.”

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

What Lies Beneath meets YouThe Poison Garden is an addictive read!” —Charlie Donlea, USA Today and International bestselling author

“Dazzling and at times frighteningly real…A thrilling, fast-paced read, The Poison Garden is compelling and thoroughly enjoyable.” —Christina McDonald, author of The Night Olivia Fell

“This storyline kept me up at night…my favorite of hers so far!” —Midwest Ladies Who Lit

“A. J. Banner delivers with a suspenseful tale full of twists and turns you won’t see coming!  The Poison Garden will keep you guessing until the last page!” —Ingrid Thoft, author of the critically acclaimed novels Duplicity, Identity, Loyalty and Brutality. 

“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

“A. J. Banner writes a chilling page-turner that will snap you out of any book slump! The setting, characters, and plot will pull you into a twisting adventure that will keep you riveted. Perfect for a weekend away by a cozy fire or a beach, The Poison Garden will keep you wondering and continue to surprise you right until the last page!” —Laurie Petrou, author of Sister of Mine and Love, Heather

The Poison Garden is a dizzying tale of obsession, deception, and revenge, electric with tension from the first page through to the brilliant conclusion. I could not put it down!” —A.F. Brady, author of The Blind and Once a Liar

The Poison Garden plays on a universal fear…Beneath the racing heart of this tautly written and compelling thriller lie deeper questions that speak to the bonds of love and loyalty, and the final shocking twist comes as a unique and ultimately satisfying surprise.” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury

“In The Poison Garden, A. J. Banner adds another fantastic book to her evocative, captivating genre of Pacific Northwest Gothic. She skillfully replaces windswept stone castles and bleak moors with overgrown mossy forests and grey, white-capped seas, creating a world where nature is both the salvation and the threat. Once again, she places her characters in unsettling settings and even more ominous relationships to tell a riveting suspense story with an unforgettable ending.” —Amber Cowie, bestselling author of Rapid Falls 

“I have read, liked, and reviewed her other books…but I think this one is my favorite. I read it in 2 sittings within 24 hours.”
—Helen’s Book Blog

“Excellent…suspenseful. This is my first A. J. Banner book…I was really impressed with her writing and can’t wait to go back and read her others.” —Just Busy Reading

“Full of suspense and intrigue, this book will keep you on your toes as you discover each character’s motivations. A story of love, loss, and revenge, each twist will startle and shock you.” —Suzy Approved Book Reviews

“I found much to love about this book, herbal lore, lush gardens and a mystery that kept me biting my nails.” —For the Love of Books