Book Review Of “Poison” By Galt Niederhoffer @stmartinspress
Poison is a literary psychological thriller about a marriage that follows minor betrayal into a bubbling stew of lies, cruelty, manipulation, and danger.
Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass’ two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland —a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.
With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute (From Goodreads)
Thank you to St. Martins Press for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review.
I rate this book a 3 out 5 stars.
Please remember, this is my own opinion, and I do not want you to change your mind on reading this book, because of my own feelings towards it.
I read a lot of domestic and psychological thrillers, my blog reviews will show you that. Because of that I need books that can come across as believable, it doesn’t have to be super realistic, but I do feel like I need to believe in the story.
The premise of this book sounded amazing. Something that I could curl up with and read in one sitting. And I really did start to love it, I breezed through the first 75 pages, I felt like I was reading about “Leave It To Beaver” the picture perfect American family. And than the ball drops. Ryan went from this loving, affectionate husband, And Cass from super mom, to this abused woman. With literally no inclination that it was coming, it really kind of just happened by the turn of a page.
I spent a lot of this book waiting, waiting for twists and turns, and for an epic climax to their story. I wanted Cass to bring Ryan down, and I wanted it to be dramatic, and huge, and jaw dropping. Sadly, for me it wasn’t. Apparently this book just fell flat for me. Another issue I had, was there wasn’t really any significant closure to any of the characters, they don’t get wrapped up, and you’re just kind of left wondering how it ended for them.
Also I felt there was an introduction to one character in particular, that from what I gathered, really didn’t play any important role, although he/she could have. I had all sorts of theories about him/her. And I was let down with how that character was ended.
Now, I know it seems like I have probably torn this book to shreds, I want to add some praise to it. The author is obviously a very smart woman, she wrote about chemicals, chemical compounds, what they do and don’t do to your body, how certain chemicals react in your body, and the hazardous outcomes they have. She is a very descriptive writer, and she does pull you into the story, and you do become invested in the characters. Which for me is always a good thing. And she based it in Seattle, Washington which is one of my favorite places in all of the U.S. I’ve been to all of the places she mentioned, so it was like having a piece of home in my hands.
This book is out on Nov. 21st, I will include the pre-order link below. And like I said guys, if it sounds good to you, please don’t hesitate to read it.
SOLA DOSIS FACIT VENENUM – IT’S THE DOSE THAT MAKES THE POISON