Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Book Review: The Ridge, by John Rector

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

Megan ran out of Rachel’s garage and up the street toward her house. There were tears on her face, and a sharp, glowing pain in the center of her head. She tried to block it, but it grew brighter with each step, and by the time she’d reached her house, the pain was blinding.

She stopped at the bottom of the porch steps and closed her eyes. She tried pressing her fingertips against the sides of her head, but the pain didn’t fade.

When she opened her eyes, she saw the corked wine bottle on the step where she’d left it. She grabbed it on her way up, then stopped outside the front door.

She heard voices coming from up the street.

In all honestly, I was not looking forward to reading The Ridge based on the blurb on the back: "Lovely Houses. Smiling Neighbors. Pretty Lies." Blah, blah, blah. But it went so much deeper than that! This book threw me for a few loops before I was done. Definitely a WOW on my top-ten books for the year.

Official synopsis:
Book Review: The Ridge, by John Rector
With its manicured lawns, pastel houses, and quiet, tree-lined streets, Willow Ridge seems to be the perfect place for Megan and Tyler Stokes to start a new chapter in their lives together. But soon after settling in, Megan begins to notice cracks in the neighborhood’s bright suburban facade—cracks that reveal a darker secret hidden just beneath the surface.

After an angry encounter with a neighbor takes a horrifying turn, Megan’s waking nightmare truly begins—growing ever more chilling and bizarre with each shocking twist. Suddenly forced to question everything around her, Megan finds herself trapped between the specter of madness and the shadow of something far worse. Her only hope is to expose the community’s pretty lies and discover the truth about what is really going on in Willow Ridge—a truth so devastating that her life will never be the same.

The Ridge was an unexpected psychological thriller. We have no real background, and just meet Megan and Tyler Stokes after they’ve moved to Willow Ridge. Tyler has a job at the Institute, and Megan isn’t really finding her groove staying at home without the friends and neighbors who were familiar to her in Chicago. She feels like people are watching her, and is especially perturbed at the way her neighbor across the street now talks to her husband. But she’s determined to try and play nice for Tyler’s sake—to at least give Willow Ridge a chance.

When weird things start happening, the real answer is certainly not where my mind went first. My jaw dropped more than a few times as the truth about things was revealed. Overall, this book really kept me on my toes, and I want to read it again to see if I catch more clues and oddities. Wanting to re-read it gives it 5 starts out of 5 from me!

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Becki Bayley likes holiday music, but that's about it. She'll be celebrating life without extra celebrations once it's January. Becki’s been blogging around SE Michigan at SweetlyBSquared.com for more than 15 years.


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