Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events: First Chapter/Intros, originally hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and now hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.
Today’s feature is The Poison Garden, by A. J. Banner.
I am running through the woods in the waning moonlight, splatters of blood on my hands, the wind whipping in from the sea. Tall firs bend and sway, branches crackling, breaking in the gale. I am lost but must keep moving. I once knew these trails, could find my way with my eyes closed, but that was long ago.
Teaser: I took her place at the desk, clicked on the sign-in window, and tried a range of possible passwords, from his social security number, his July birthday, to the name of his first pet, a dog named Rambo. No luck. Nothing worked. I was locked out. (p. 61).
Synopsis: 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…
What do you think? Would you keep reading?