Banner builds a multidimensional story around our heroine, Sarah, a children’s book author whose seemingly perfect life takes a turn after a tragedy forces Sarah to question everything she once believed about her neighbours and her husband. Novels with twists are ten a penny, but the crux of Banner’s story is that Sarah isn’t perfect, and really no one around her is either. They are relatable and human. Sarah desperately wants a baby. A child next-door desperately needs a family. And her parents and those they call friends harbour their own secrets and desires. Even as I count myself lucky that my own neighbours don’t have so much going on in their lives (that I know of!), I couldn’t wait to turn the pages, both because I knew this story would take turns I wouldn’t see coming, and because the author understands that we are all imperfect, all searching for love and belonging and a safe place to call home.
As the action moves towards a breathtaking climax at the river’s edge, with two lives in danger, this story of survival and renewal, of hidden and dark obsessions, will have you wondering just how well you know the people closest to you.
- Tara Parsons, Editor