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“[A] harrowing plot that reveals memory to be both unreliable and impossible to fully wash away. . . . Kyra is a believable, empathetic protagonist, and Banner’s ability to maintain tension while teasing out the truth of her hazy past will keep readers engaged.” (Publishers Weekly )
“An enthralling, unforgettable novel that defies readers to stop turning the pages.” (Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times bestselling author )
"AJ Banner's The Twilight Wife is an intensely suspenseful, diamond sharp romantic thriller about a woman who has lost her memory and the wild, painful path back to her true self. Every page is packed with both peril and exquisite writing, and the novel reads like a wholly unique cross between Somewhere in Time and Memento. You won't be able to put it down!" (David Bell, author of Since She Went Away )
"After a diving accident, a woman's memory returns in cryptic and terrifying flashes in A. J. Banner's latest thriller. Filled with buried secrets and unexpected turns, The Twilight Wife is a twisty, edge of your seat story that's impossible to put down." (Kimberly Belle, author of The Marriage Lie )
"Banner captures the anxiety of a lost memory and haunted past in this taut psychological thriller, beautifully set on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest." (D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key and The Buried Book )
"Suspense and mystery simmer on every page of A.J. Banner’s latest novel, The Twilight Wife. With a wonderfully clever plot; a sympathetic and skillfully drawn point of view character; a powerful sense of place; and rich prose that is, at times, almost hauntingly evocative; The Twilight Wife is everything readers could hope for, whether they are looking for psychological suspense, mystery, or simply a beautifully told story. A real treat." (James Hankins, Amazon #1 bestselling author of The Prettiest One )
“With spellbinding narration and brilliant pacing, The Twilight Wife is not to be missed. A. J. Banner is a truly gifted storyteller!” (Wendy Walker, USA Today bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten )
"A haunting tale about one woman's struggle to remember the past, the husband she is supposed to love, and the accident that changed everything. This mesmerizing fast paced psychological thriller is full of chilling twists and turns. I couldn't put it down!" (Karen Katchur, author of The Secrets of Lake Road and The Sisters of Blue Mountain )
Previous praise for THE GOOD NEIGHBOR (named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next Gone Girl):
“A riveting psychological thriller with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. The ending will blow you away. Set aside your day. You won’t be able to put The Good Neighbor down.” (Robert Dugoni, Amazon #1 and New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave )
“Thrilling.” (First for Women Magazine )
“In The Good Neighbor A. J. Banner plays on many of our greatest fears—that the person we’ve placed our greatest trust in isn’t who we think they are. A fast paced psychological thriller with a fantastic twist at the end. Not to be missed.” (Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Smoke )
“…packed with mystery and suspense…the final destination is a total surprise. Well done.” (The New York Journal of Books )
“Breathtaking and suspenseful…unique and highly entertaining.” (Fresh Fiction )
About the Author
- File size : 3187 KB
- Publication date : December 27, 2016
- Publisher : Gallery Books (December 27, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01DJECJPM
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,686 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.
As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare.
My Thoughts: It was not difficult to see almost immediately that Jacob Winthrop was a man full of secrets. Soon it became apparent that he was keeping many things from Kyra, or was he lying? Was he keeping her in the dark to protect her, or was something more nefarious happening?
Who is Aiden to Kyra, and why does she keep seeing him in her dreams? Or is she having memories?
Why do many of the island residents seem hesitant when they talk to her? Could the fact of her memory loss be keeping them silent, or have they been kept in the dark, too?
How does an old man named Doug Ingram, whose paintings hang in the library, become an impetus to trying to fill in the gaps in her memory? How does Kyra finally discover the truth?
I raced through this book, not wanting to set it down. So many questions kept popping into my mind, and I figured out certain things right away; but realizing those answers did not spoil the story for me. The Twilight Wife kept me thoroughly engaged, while I waited to see how Kyra would figure things out. A five star read.
This book presents a very different challenge, compared to the typical mystery novel. It’s not just a matter of identifying culprits; the bigger challenge is uncovering the crime. There’s no dead body in the parlor. Even if you figure out who did it, I doubt that you will see what was done until the final shocking revelation.
The author also offers us a rich load of often delightful and always informative material on amnesia, marine biology, Pacific Northwest climate and geography, and internet vulnerabilities. A very good read.
Kyra has been suffering both retrograde and anterograde amnesia since a diving accident several months ago. Her husband, Jacob, has moved the two of them to the old family home on Mystic Island where she can recover in peace and quiet. Kyra knows Jacob is doing his best, but that it's got to be hard for him, since she often can't remember conversations from one day to the next...and can't even remember her courtship and marriage to Jacob in the first place. They try to rebuild their relationship, and Kyra tries to piece together her memories of the last four years and of the diving accident.
In what I think is a complete fluke, I guessed the twist <i>early</i>. I don't really blame the author--there was this other book years ago, kind of obscure, totally different genre and setting, that coincidentally had pretty much the same twist. I loved that book, and I think it's why my antennae picked up on this one. It didn't detract from my experience of <i>The Twilight Wife</i>; it just added to the tension for me, as I wondered when and how it would unfold.
If you're looking for an eerie thriller that will keep you reading when you really should be getting to sleep, definitely check this one out.
I love when a book has me desperate to turn the pages to learn more. The Twilight Wife had my full attention from the very beginning. It had a great plot and a good amount of suspense.
Imagine how desperate you can become after forgetting four years of your life. This is what happened to Kyra Winthrop after she was involved in a diving accident that almost killed her. Jason and Kyra are back on Mystic Island in the Pacific Northwest after Kyra's long recuperation is over on the mainland. Her husband Jason is very patient with her but when Kyra starts having flashes of her past, she starts seeing things that don't make sense to her.
Kyra's desperation is obvious. She wants to remember. She can't remember what she likes to eat or drink, she can't remember buying her clothes, even worse, she has no recollection of her wedding or her husband. She even has a hard time keeping new memories. So she has retrograde and anterograde amnesia. This makes her vulnerable and she wants to become more independent but it's hard not to doubt herself or doubt the ones around you.
I was there right along with Kyra. I wanted her to remember. I knew the key to everything was there. I'm not going to say the right scenario didn't cross my mind but A.J. Banner had me wavering my opinions so many times it was actually refreshing. What better way to keep me entertained than to keep making me doubt myself?
If there was one thing I felt missing I had to say it was right at the end but telling you would mean a huge spoiler and I'm going to pass 😇.
The Twilight Wife would be a great movie. Maybe one day I can see Kyra and Jason on Mystic Island at the movies.
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The story had a slow start and Kyra’s dreams and constant pleas of ‘I don’t remember’ became quite irritating. However, it picked up pace as her memories returned, tentatively at first and then rushing back.
The sequence of events was a little confusing. It’s vague as to how much time elapsed from the wedding to the first island visit, for how long Kyra was on the island and for how long back on the mainland and when the fateful dive took place. There are also some events which seem significant, but finish up as loose ends. What was the point of the cobalt dress, which got covered in tea, or Van’s allergic reaction, with missing Epipen? Some allusions to Jacob’s early life and relationship with Nancy were not followed up. Aiden, who was actually a major player, remained a rather indistinct character.
Unfortunately, the story features one of my pet hates – the correct guess of a computer password. Jacob is an IT professional who would have a complicated password. Kyra suspects this, has a go anyway and, bingo, is straight in! A (very slightly) more believable scenario would have been for Jacob to leave his computer logged in, knowing that he was the only one using it. I do wish authors would stop using this hackneyed, and frankly unbelievable, plot device.
This is a slightly superior addition to the currently fashionable ‘missing memory’ genre. Although the ending is a little rushed, it isn’t tied up too neatly and leaves room for conjecture about Jacob’s future and what exactly happened on the dive.
I have deducted half a star, because I'm one of those annoying readers who managed to guess the plot outcome and this rather detracted from the ending.
Four and a half stars.
Would I read it again? I'd love to, for the lyrical writing, but it would not be the same knowing the outcome.