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A. J. Banner

Biography

A. J. Banner

As a child, A. J. Banner loved reading everything from Nancy Drew to Tolkien to her parents’ spy novels, “borrowed” from their bookshelves and hidden beneath her pillow. She wrote her first thriller, "Mystery at Crane Corner," at the age of 11. She drew her own cover art and bound the pages with staples.

Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. graduated from high school in southern California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She tried various professions after college, including a stint in law school and a memorable job at a veterinary clinic, since she loves animals, but eventually she returned to writing. Her second novel of psychological suspense, THE TWILIGHT WIFE, became a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller.

Her debut novel of psychological suspense, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, was the #1 Kindle bestseller for 34 days, remained in the top five on the Kindle bestseller list throughout the book’s release month, and was in the top 50 in the Kindle store for 145 days in a row. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR was named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next GONE GIRL. Her third and most recent novel of psychological suspense is AFTER NIGHTFALL, which Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale calls a “stellar psychological thriller.”

A longtime fan of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," A. J. feels at home writing stories with unexpected twists and turns. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and six rescued cats.

A. J. Banner

Books by A. J. Banner

by A. J. Banner - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

A J Banner, a modern day Daphne du Maurier, has penned a riveting, page-turning novel of the first water. This gripping novel is a chilling, psychological thriller that will send a chill down the spine of the reader. The book is a heady combination of deception, vengeance, obsession, insecurity and paranoia packed into one and will send the reader into a vortex of dizziness.The life of Elise Watters is picture  perfect, or, bears a semblance to it. Elise is happily married, has inherited her mother's herbal boutique, has a spectacular house with a magnificent garden and subsequently leads a Corinthian lifestyle. All of a sudden, Elise stumbles upon a shocking discovery that threatens to turn her world topsy turvy. Suddenly, she is skeptical of everything good in her life. She is beseiged with hyperanxiety and senses something pernicious is about to take place.

by A. J. Banner - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff. Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.

by A. J. Banner - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob. 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.