Author: Galt Niederhoffer
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Date of publication: November 21, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
How many pages: 304
POV: 3rd person
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence
Poison is one of those books that makes you wonder how well you know your partner. It also makes you wonder how secure you are in your relationship. After I finished reading it, I had to sit and process it. I got chills from reading it. I have no issue imagining that there are scenarios like this are playing out across the country.
I felt awful for Cass. She uprooted her life for Ryan. She followed him to Seattle with her two children from a previous marriage. They put down roots, had a son and seemed like the all American family. Then little things started happening that made her start questioning her relationship with Ryan. Things escalated to the point where Cass began to think that Ryan was cheating on her. Then she started to get sick and she started to get suspicious. After an ER visit that ended up with Cass in the psych ward, she leaves Ryan. It is then that things go from bad to worse. Cass is in danger of not only of being killed but she is also in danger of losing those that she loves the most.
Ryan was such an awful man. I was surprised that he wasn’t caught sooner. But seeing how slick he was, I could see why people didn’t believe it when Cass was telling them what he was doing. The only people the believed her was her lawyer and Nora, her friend. What shocked me, and that is pretty hard to do, is why he did it. I had a feeling who C. Alloy was but boy, was I wrong. Who C. Alloy has blown my brains because it is the last person I would have suspected it to be.
The end of the book did kind of surprise me if it felt a little rushed. Everything from Bermuda on kept me on my toes. I have never read a book by Galt Niederhoffer and I do plan on reading more!!
My Summary of Poison: 3 stars
While I liked Poison, I felt that the beginning was slow and the end was very rushed. But everything else in between was pure gold. I thought the plotline was great and the characters were great.
Will I reread: Maybe
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: language, violence, and sexual situations
I would like to thank Galt Niederhoffer, NetGalley, and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to review Poison.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**